Video Editor

Video Editor


Video Editors turn draft and raw video footage into a finished video ready to broadcast on TV. They work very closely with Film producers with whom there needs to be a good understanding of the nature and purpose of the film being made.


This is a job where your technical skills and experience and any personal qualities are valued more than your qualification. Skilled Video Editors can therefore have a big influence on the quality of the finished piece of the film.

Personal Qualities:

  • Mixture of creative and practical skills
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Good computer skills

A Typical Day:

A typical day for a Video Editor might include

  • Familiarising themselves with the style of the specific directors
  • Examining the footage and deciding which shots to keep and which to cut out
  • Using computer software to add titles, graphics, sounds and visual effects

Entry Requirements

Most employers are more interested in your technical skills and personal qualities than a formal qualification.
Gain experience by:

  • Editing student and community film productions.
  • Work experience as a runner in an editing organisation.

The following courses can help provide with useful experience

  • Communication and media studies
  • Graphic design
  • Photography in Film/TV

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