I am very interested in video/film editing and the subject of the essay is about the rise of non linear editing systems such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid. I suppose what I am trying to do here is provoke discussion about the skill involved in editing, in conjunction with editing software becoming increasingly 'user friendly' and cheap/easy to get your hands on. Opinions about this subject would be greatly appreciated! Information about which editing software you used first and the subsequent development of your skills is also welcome. Recent developments to the updates of 'Final Cut Pro' is particularly interesting, along with iMovie, as I believe that they have sacrificed quality and the range of tools available for 'quick fix' style editing which usually comes free with laptops these days.
As I say, any opinions on the matter would be fantastic, and you will be quoted in the essay in question. Also I have created an official survey for the gathering of primary research if you would prefer to answer more direct questions. It can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HGT8FDG