Film/Video Editor Description
Film/Video Editors edit film footage by adding and removing unwanted sections, matching sound with audio and sequencing video footage together under the direction of the director to product a comprehensive story for movies and television shows. They are also known as picture editors or film cutters.
Film/Video Editor Core Task and Skills Required
Film/Video Editors piece video clips together, match sound with video footage, add or remove footage to create a full video or film. They work directly with the Director to create a comprehensive and complete onscreen narrative and tell a story.
- Import footage
- Transcode all media into a workable code
- Organize shots by scenes and takes
- View all footage and create an assembly of cut footage
- Tweak all fine video footage cuts
- Match audio to video
- Work under the direction of the director and producer to make a complete video or film
- Must be thorough
- High attention to detail skills
- Ability to work with different computer programs and devices
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Film/Video Editor Salary
Film Editors make between $22,000 to $87,000 annually.
Film/Video Editor Hours
Depending on the project they are working on, Film Editors can work eight to ten hours daily. Some work very long hours that include evenings, nights, days, weekends, and holidays.
Film/Video Editor Training
Film/Video Editors train on different policies, procedures, and equipment through the companies they work for. Workshops and seminars on the latest trends, techniques, and technologies are also available.
Useful Information About Being a Film/Video Editor
Most companies require Film Editors to have bachelor’s or master’s degree in a fine arts or film and video editing program from a recognized university program. Some companies will offer apprenticeship programs to emerging film/video editors who have some training and experience in the industry.