Video / Film Editor

As a film or video editor, you'll be responsible for assembling recorded raw material into a finished product that's suitable for broadcasting. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects. This is a key role in the post-production process and your skills can determine the quality and delivery of the final product. You'll usually work closely with the director to achieve the desired end result.

 

Work Responsibilities

Your work as an editor will involve:

  • Receiving a brief, and maybe an outline of footage and/or a shot list, script, or screenplay
  • Assembling all raw footage, with camera shots either recorded or transferred onto video tape in preparation for inputting into the computer
  • Inputting uncut rushes and sound, and synchronising and storing them into files on the computer
  • Digitally cutting the files to put together the sequence of the film and deciding what is usable
  • Creating a 'rough cut' (or assembly edit) of the programme/film and determining the exact cutting for the next and final stages
  • Reordering and fine-tuning the content to ensure the logical sequencing and smooth running of the film/video

Additional tasks may include:

  • Overseeing the quality and progress of audio and video engineering and editing
  • Experimenting with styles and techniques including the design of graphic elements
  • Writing voiceover/commentary
  • Suggesting or selecting music.

You may also carry out online editing duties, which involve finalising technical aspects such as correcting faulty footage, grading and colouring and adding special effects.

 

Entry Requirements

You don't need a foundation degree, HND or degree to be a film or video editor, but it is important that you show commitment and determination to get into the industry.

You need to be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills, and so a degree or HND that offers film or media production experience may be helpful. The following subjects are relevant:

  • Communication and media studies
  • Fine art/visual art
  • Graphic design
  • Information technology/multimedia
  • Photography/film/television

You'll need to be proficient in using specific editing software packages, such as Avid or Final Cut Pro. Courses that cover these applications are available at varying levels but they can be expensive, so make sure you research them fully to find a course that matches your career and training aims.

 

Skills and Interests

You will need to show:

  • A keen eye for detail and a critical mind
  • Creativity and a passionate interest in film and video editing
  • Patience and concentration
  • The ability to listen to others and to work well as part of a team
  • A high level of self-motivation, commitment and dedication
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • The ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Communication skills, both written and oral  

 

 


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