Participants in our historical reenactment exercise recalled the training they received at the beginning of their career. Some received little to no formal training, learning everything ‘on the job’. Others, especially those who worked for major broadcasters like the BBC, received full training – and became trainers themselves.

As video editing developed alongside the personal computer, older editors – who were often not familiar with keyboards, mice and other input devices – had to adapt to an entirely new technology. This gave their younger colleagues, who had encountered computers at school or home, an advantage and an opportunity to get ahead in the industry.

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This clip is from a longer group discussion between a group of videotape editors, graphic designers, and Avid editors.

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