Video Editor

Job Description:

Video editors combine sound and images to create film, TV, and online video content.

Job Category:
Tourism, Hospitality & Entertainment

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


You’ll need:

  • 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:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Video Editor, there isn’t a specific set of subjects that are universally required, but having a well-rounded education can be beneficial. Here are some suggested subjects that can be relevant:

  1. English Language: Strong communication skills are essential for editing video content, as you’ll need to understand scripts and dialogue.
  2. Art and Design: Courses related to art and design can help you develop an eye for visual composition and aesthetics, which are crucial for video editing.
  3. Media Studies or Film Studies (if available): These subjects can provide a foundational understanding of video production, film theory, and editing techniques.
  4. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using computer software and hardware is essential for video editing. Courses related to ICT can provide these skills.
  5. Mathematics: While not directly related to video editing, basic mathematical skills can be useful for tasks like managing budgets and schedules, which are sometimes part of video production.
  6. Photography: Understanding photography can help you work with visual elements in videos, such as color correction and image manipulation.
  7. Business Studies (if available): Business courses can be helpful if you plan to work as a freelance video editor or run your own video editing business.
  8. Music: If you’re interested in editing music videos or syncing audio to video, a basic understanding of music theory and sound editing can be beneficial.

Post School

There are no set entry requirements, but you’ll usually need experience of editing software like Final Cut Pro, Media Composer or Premiere Pro.

You could:

  • 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.