Dear Non-Linear Editor User Experience Designers

An illustrated letter to user experience designers

Over the past few years I’ve discovered that people like myself whom are responsible for creating digital content through the majesty of cinema are challenged with attempting to edit their stories right on the timeline. I’ve often told clients that ‘I’ve been editing so long that I don’t see the waveforms anymore, all I see is the script. Now, wouldn’t that be an immaculate feature?

It’s 2013, so my request for the User Experience Designers at Apple, Avid and Adobe to serve up in their next installment of their tremendous non-linear editing software is to add in the Script Layer.




It’s nothing earth shattering, I know, but it just makes sense for those of us who have to dig through hours of interviews to find the connections and truly construct that invisible layer of meaning to our audiences. I’ve dogged on this new, digital revolution of information many times over, but in this post I now take the position of acceptance for all changes that are to come today, tomorrow and forever after that.

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Dear, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and Premiere Pro User Experience Designers,

I’m sure you are already working on this, but the majority of us producing digital media today are responsible for writing, producing, shooting, editing, and delivering content and we have new needs that are not being met. Specifically, we need to be able to cut, trim, paste, slip, slide, insert, overwrite and fit to fill the written word the same way we do in our NLE’s right on the timeline. What we are in such desperate need of today is quite possibly the most important feature editor’s will need in the future: “The Script Layer.” Video, Audio and Script. I know, it is not an earth shattering concept, but it’s definitely a feature I’d pay my hard earned dollars for when considering which software I will use to construct, polish and share my stories.


Chad Treanor