Six weeks ago, an excavation team in Santa Monica unearthed an ancient artifact: a 1993 Lightworks Users Guide. The year that this manual was written is significant. Just one year later OLE, the company that invented Lightworks, was sold to Tektronix (wiki). Soon after, Lightworks began its slow descent, as Avid’s Media Composer rose to prominence. Still, in this short time period (1989-1993) Lightworks made major changes to the strategy of film editing that would shape the next twenty years of editing.
According to the California Department of Education, students should have learned basic word-processing by the 6th grade (P.34). The reason is “reading, writing, listening, and speaking are related processes.” In other words, in order to learn how to speak, a student must learn to listen as well. Very humbly, I’d like to add one more skill to require students to learn: how to watch.
Childish Editing Tools
I think it’s fair to say at this point that over the next ten years, children will be expected as early as middle school
to know how to edit video at least in some simple form. It is similar to the way they are expected to know MS Word, Power Point, and Google Docs (we’re a long way from the days of poster-board and scotch tape). By high school knowing how to use FTP file sharing, blogging, and basic web development will be as commonplace as knowing your way around a TI-83 calculator.