Video EditorJob Description:
Video editors combine sound and images to create film, TV, and online video content.Job Category:
What you will do:
You’ll be part of a post-production team working with material recorded by camera and sound crews, and will add any extra effects.
You’ll work on projects like films, TV programmes, corporate videos, commercials and music videos.
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- agreeing a finished ‘look’ for the final footage
- transferring film or video footage
- using editing software
- keeping a clear idea of the storyline
- creating a ‘rough cut’
- digitally improving picture quality
- creating DVDs or formatting footage to view online
- knowledge of media production and communication
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll usually need experience of editing software like Final Cut Pro, Media Composer or Premiere Pro.
- do paid or unpaid work experience at a production company or edit suite
- create and edit student, charitable or community film productions
- move into video editing from an entry level role like TV production runner
A ‘showreel’ or online profile of productions you’ve worked on would be helpful.
It might help you get in if you do a Higher National Diploma, foundation degree, degree or postgraduate course in film and television studies, or film, video and media production.
Working Hours and Environment:
Your hours will depend on the production you’re working on. You may work standard office hours or shifts.
You’ll need to be flexible and work at short notice if necessary.
You may also work much longer hours, in some cases up to 60 hours a week, to meet project deadlines.
You’ll work in studios and editing suites. You’ll spend long periods on a computer.
Career Path & Progression:
Once established, you might use an agent to find work and negotiate your fees.
You could set up your own company.