Non-linear editing

Students in TV 2 classes are taught non-linear editing using Adobe software.  This professional application is available for MAC computers.  It is the same versatile software that many companies use. 

Students shoot a practice project and use their own raw footage to learn AP AND AE and FCP software.  Once the skill is mastered at a level that students can work in groups (with teacher facilitation), students are assigned a variety of projects.  Each project has certain criteria that must be met in order to achieve all points assigned.


There are 4 primary windows that make up the interface:

the browser, viewer, canvas and timeline.  Each window fulfills a purpose while editing.

The browser and viewer are where you organize and view your unedited material.

The canvas and timeline are where you view your edited material.

Two secondary windows are also used while editing.  The tool palette contains an assortment of editing tools and the audio meters allow you to monitor audio levels.

Selection tool

Icon looks like an arrow.

Default tool you will use most often.

Edit Selection


Roll tool        

Ripple tool

Icon looks like two rollers. 

It trims or adjusts two sides of an edit point.  This allows you to move the edit in/out point of two clips without changing the overall sequence duration.


Icon looks like O with a hook.

This tool allows you to drag the in/out point of a clip into its neighboring clip.  All clips that follow are automatically pushed down or pulled up to the length of the trim.

Slip tool          

Slide tool

Icon looks like two OO’s. 

This allows you to shift the in/out points of a single clip.  This is a good option to use when the clip is placed correctly in the sequence but the content seen needs to be changed.


Sliding a clip maintains its content and duration but adjusts it placement between bordering clips.

Razor blade    

Double Blade (BB)

Icon looks like a razor blade.

Cuts off portion of the clip in the timeline.  It will slice through all tracks. 

Use the double blade to slice all tracks whether linked or not.

Shift-delete will close the gap and get rid of the clip.

Hand tool

Icon looks like a hand.

Allows for magnification.



Icon looks like an overlapping boomerang.

Allows for cropping a clip.


Allows for changing the perspective of a clip.


Icon looks like a pen tip.

Allows for marking keyframes for a video or audio track.