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  • A Comprehensive List of NLE Systems

  • Scott Thomas

    March 2, 2016 at 7:44 am

    My brother and I were talking over the holiday season about NLE systems, and we were discussing the many that have come and gone. Has anyone kept a list?

    I started at the tail end of the linear editing era:
    Sony RM440
    CMX Edge
    GVG VPE-251
    Sony BVE-900

    These are the systems I used before I worked on an Avid Media Composer 1000 in 1996. That was not the only system then, but it was probably the most popular. I could have had a Media 100 or Immix Video Cube if I asked. So, how many other systems have gone be the wayside? Here’s my very incomplete list, and not in any order. Perhaps we can refine and sort it later?

    Immix Video Cube
    Immix Turbo Cube

    ICE had a compositing engine that tied into a Video Cube and added more compositing layers… I think. Saw it in 1994 and the same time I saw After Effects. In the long-run, software seems to trump hardware.

    Sytex Stratosphere
    Accom Affinity

    Avid Media Composer
    I’ve lost track of the versions after FCP came out.

    PC architecture NLE systems

    Discrete Edit*
    Wasn’t this EMC?

    Speed Razor

    Amiga based H/W

    Fast Video Machine

    Video Toaster Flyer
    Amiga H/W

    Play Trinity (Didn’t it have an NLE part?)

    Media 100
    NuBus Card
    Vincent Card
    944/X PC based system

    Pixel Power
    Don’t remember the model, but Cambridge England based company had a NLE in late 1990’s

    Harry (NLE style effects composting based on Paintbox H/W I believe)
    Harry (Fuller featured NLE)


    …And many many more. Please add to the list. I’m tired of typing right now.

  • Steve Connor

    March 2, 2016 at 8:34 am

    IMC Incite

  • Misha Aranyshev

    March 2, 2016 at 10:37 am

    There was Fast Blue/Purple/Silver after the Video Machine and then it became Liquid, got bought by Pinnacle then by Avid. It was also rebadged by Sony as ES-7 or at least ES-7 looked like Fast. Panasonic had a clone too.


    Sony XPRI

    DPS Reality/Velocity

  • Joe Marler

    March 2, 2016 at 11:48 am

    In 1984, EditDroid was one of the first NLEs (PDF brochure):

  • Oliver Peters

    March 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    The first NLE was CMX’s computer disk pack system. It begat the linear CMX systems. I think only a few were ever made.

    There are also the tape-based NLEs, including Cinesco Ediflex, Montage and TouchVision. Also laser disc NLEs, including CMX6000 and EditDroid.


    Oliver Peters Post Production Services, LLC
    Orlando, FL

  • Herb Sevush

    March 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    [Scott Thomas] “Discrete Edit*
    Wasn’t this EMC?”

    No, edit* was Discrete’s cutesy re-name for the windows version of D/Vision after they bought it. There was also an earlier DOS version of D/Vision as well.

    You also left out the “Montage” which was one of the earliest, most widely available NLEs in use. it was not digital, it used banks of up to 17 betamax or laser disc copies of the same material to allow for instant access.

    Herb Sevush
    Zebra Productions
    nothin\’ attached to nothin\’
    \”Deciding the spine is the process of editing\” F. Bieberkopf

  • Walter Soyka

    March 2, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    You might be interested in John Buck’s book Timeline: A History of Editing.

    Walter Soyka
    Designer & Mad Scientist at Keen Live [link]
    Motion Graphics, Widescreen Events, Presentation Design, and Consulting
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  • Bret Williams

    March 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Adobe Premiere
    Sony Vegas

  • Steve Connor

    March 2, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    [Herb Sevush] “There was also an earlier DOS version of D/Vision as well.”

    I did quite a few projects on this version, rock solid edls and very easy to use.

  • Scott Witthaus

    March 2, 2016 at 2:08 pm


    Scott Witthaus
    Senior Editor/Post Production Supervisor
    1708 Inc./Editorial
    Professor, VCU Brandcenter

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