While nonlinear video editing saves time and adds flexibility, the nonlinear mode of the History palette is not as useful. By default, the nonlinear option is disabled, for good reason. The nonlinear mode opens up an incredible amount of increased flexibility, but making sense of that flexibility often becomes a brainteaser not worth solving.
The Nonlinear History mode can be accessed from the History palette submenu. When enabled, a user can go back in time and make changes without losing the subsequent history states. In practice, this can be seen as branching. You can jump back to step 3 and design in a new direction. Your old steps (which are currently unused) still appear at the bottom of your list; they do not drop off.
The designer eventually needs to make a choice: return to the bottom of the list, thus abandoning the sidetracked design, or manually remove the unwanted items at the bottom of the list by dragging them onto the Delete (trash can) icon. Sound confusing? It is. A more logical approach that does not involve organizing "alternative realties" would be employing the previously mentioned Create New Document feature. Other users prefer using multiple snapshots to simplify this process.
While editing video in a nonlinear fashion may seem natural, most users (rightfully) avoid this option in the History palette.
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