Traditional editing tables have been used professionally for decades by directors and editors merely for editing film. In the archive, however, these tables are used for research. 

Usually, editing tables carry equipment such as several plates, a monitor, a splicer, and a synchronizer. Flatbed editors, as they are also called, were normally used for editing 16mm and 35mm film. Popular brand names in this range are Steenbeck, KEM, and Moviola. 

Currently, the Film Archive has three editing tables at her disposal, all of which are in need of reparations. In addition, the archive is expecting to receive an operational editing table on short notice, offered by Emile Poppe. This should prove a donation most welcome as an operational editing table is utterly valuable for the archive, but reparations to the tables that already belong to the archive is quite a specialist task and is therefore costly. See the page ‘appliance in education and research’ for arguments on the importance of the editing table.

All three editing tables were part of the collection of the ‘Stichting Vrienden van het Filmarchief van Nijmegen’ (the film archive at the University of Nijmegen).