Film and Video Editors

Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Median Annual Wage: $57,210

Education: Bachelor's degree (50%); Some college, no degree (26%); High school diploma or equivalent (12%)

Projected Growth: Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

Related Job Titles: Videographer; Editor; News Editor; Video Editor; News Video Editor; News Videotape Editor; Non-Linear Editor; Assistant Film Editor; Film Editor; Online Editor

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Film and Video Editors.

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  • Review assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to determine if corrections are necessary.
  • Trim film segments to specified lengths and reassemble segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.
  • Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.
  • Cut shot sequences to different angles at specific points in scenes, making each individual cut as fluid and seamless as possible.
  • Edit films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using editing equipment.
  • Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story.
  • Set up and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.
  • Mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end.
  • Verify key numbers and time codes on materials.
  • Record needed sounds or obtain them from sound effects libraries.
  • Review footage sequence by sequence to become familiar with it before assembling it into a final product.
  • Confer with producers and directors concerning layout or editing approaches needed to increase dramatic or entertainment value of productions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Film and Video Editors.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Film and Video Editors.

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