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EditDroid - from the dawn of NLEs 2 weeks, 3 days ago #190760

  • briandrys
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I was cleaning my gear room when I came across some mid 1980s promotion material for EditDroid, looking online I found these videos which may fit with the occasional threads on the history of editing.

EditDroid ran on a SUN computer. with a Motorola 68010 CPU, 2 megabytes of main memory and a 42 megabyte Winchester disk.

The preview


Longer version

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Re: EditDroid - from the dawn of NLEs 2 weeks, 2 days ago #190773

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Another one (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) - I saw this one being used in San Francisco for audio sweetening in '80s:

"The CMX 600 was the very first non-linear video editing system. This Emmy Award winning system was introduced in 1971 by CMX Systems, a joint venture between CBS and Memorex.[1] CMX referred to it as a "RAVE", or Random Access Video Editor.

The 600 had a console with 2 black & white monitors built in, as well as a light pen used to control the system. The right monitor, which played the preview video, was used by the editor to make cuts and edit decisions, by using the light pen to select from options which were superimposed as text over the preview video. The left monitor was used to display the edited video."

Here's part one of CMX's promo video.

Part two.

As far as I know there were only ever two sold. They were simply too expensive. However the spin off was the whole CMX series of edit systems which quickly became the mainstay of the post production industry. I used at various times CMX-50, CMX-200, CMX-300 and CMX-340.

For what it's worth, the CMX-200 was originally designed as the on-line assembly tool to support the 600, but here in Melbourne we used it to assemble EDLs generated by the CMX-50, a Umatic cassette-based linear edit system.
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Re: EditDroid - from the dawn of NLEs 5 days, 5 hours ago #191428

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Thanks for posting these, I really enjoyed them.

I had heard of the EditDroid, but never seen one, and didn't realise it worked with laser disc.

As for the CMX... glad I never had to use one of those, looks incredibly cumbersome.

I think I would rather stick to film of U-matic offline.
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