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.
- 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
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