Non-linear editing is editing film and video using software programs such Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier to arrange static and time-based media assets into a presentation that can tell a story or communicate a message. The media assets are created at different times and locations. The editor uses these pieces, which are stored in the computer in a project folder, to build a narrative that has a beginning, middle, and end.
The editing programs today use many of the tools of the early editing techniques in a digital format such as the razor blade tool. The program’s razor blade tool digitally cuts the digital image in a manner similar to the actual razor blade tool would slice film during the process of machine-to-machine editing.