Offline (editing)

A decision-making process using low-cost equipment to produce an EDL or a rough cut which can then be conformed or referred to in a high quality online suite – so reducing decision-making time in the more expensive online environment. Most offline suites enable shot selection and the defining of basic transitions such as cuts and dissolves which are carried by EDLs. AAF provides an open standard for transporting a much wider range of decisions, including DVE, color corrections, as well as other metadata, between systems from different manufacturers.

With on-line video quality now available on low-cost computers there is a choice of skipping offline and editing broadcast quality footage very cost-effectively, or continuing to use off-line, depending on the requirements of the project and budgets.