Editing
A lot of us were involved in one way or another and Editing is one part of the VT experience we haven't dealt with in much detail. Hopefully this section will correct that.
Beginnings
Razor
The only way to cut the tape was with a razor blade. And using a splicer like this:-Smiths
Initially there was no microscope to view the 'developed' video tracks and locate the edit point - the addition of this made editing much more precise and, in January 1966 a significant event occurred with the launch of an Editing service. There were originally a group of seven editors, which would expand over the coming years.

We will start with a couple of sections from the definitive film on the subject entitled “Videotape Editing”. It was made in 1967 for Television Training by Ian Curtis. Technical advisers were Andrew Miller Jones and Doug Parsons. The ‘starring’ editors were..........
The actual film runs for about 21 minutes, you can view it by clicking Complete Film, but we are also featuring two sections - Cut Editing and Electronic Editing. Each section runs for about a minute.
Oh, and by the way, it was shot and edited ...... on film.




It wasn't just the sheer terror of hacking to pieces the sole copy of an expensive studio recording, but in addition, there was the actual manual dexterity in handling, not only the tape, but all the "Tools of the Trade" needed to achieve an edit that would actually play.

From the 1970s onwards electronic editing advanced with more and more sophisticated edit control systems. 1960s style control was starting the machines together by countdown, off the hands of the clock or the high tech remote start cable. Follow the menu items below for the various systems.
The next phase would be true non-linear editing systems, but before that, in the late 1990s came a halfway house - Profile. Follow the link in the menu below for Ross Archer's description of its development and application.