Who is a Film & Video Editor?

A Video Editor is One who edits moving images on film, video, or other media. He may edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Depending on his job specification he may be called: Video Editor, News Editor, Videographer, News Video Editor, News Videotape Editor, Assistant Film Editor, Film Editor, Non-Linear Editor, Online Editor.

This Occupation May Require: SSCE: Diploma; Degree; Professional Certification, Training

Tasks, Duties, Responsibilities

  • Organizes and strings together raw footage into a continuous whole according to scripts or the instructions of directors and producers.
  • Reviews assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to determine if corrections are necessary.
  • Trims film segments to specified lengths, and reassembles segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.
  • Determines the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.
  • Sets up and operates computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.
  • Selects and combines the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story.
  • Edits films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using editing equipment.
  • Cuts shot sequences to different angles at specific points in scenes, making each individual cut as fluid and seamless as possible.
  • Marks frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end.
  • Verifies key numbers and time codes on materials.

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