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Become A Video Editor

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Working As A Video Editor

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $32,586

    Average Salary

What Does A Video Editor Do

A Video Editor works with material recorded by camera and sound crews, adding extra effects and improving the quality of audio and video. They must be able to use editing software.

How To Become A Video Editor

Film and video editors and camera operators typically need a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting.

Education

Most editor and camera operator positions require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting, such as communications. Many colleges offer courses in cinematography or video-editing software. Coursework involves a mix of film theory with practical training.

Film and video editors and camera operators must have an understanding of digital cameras and editing software because both are now used on film sets.

Training

Editors may complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers may offer new employees training in the type of specialized editing software they use. Most editors eventually specialize in one type of software, but beginners should be familiar with as many types as possible.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is a way for editors to demonstrate competence in various types of editing software. To earn certification, video editors must pass a comprehensive exam. Candidates can prepare for the exam on their own, through online tutorials, or through classroom instruction.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Film and video editors and camera operators must communicate with other members of a production team, including producers and directors, to ensure that the project goes smoothly.

Computer skills. Film and video editors must use sophisticated editing software.

Creativity. Film and video editors and camera operators should be able to imagine what the result of their filming or editing will look like to an audience.

Detail oriented. Editors look at every frame of film and decide what should be kept and what should be cut in order to maintain the best content.

Hand–eye coordination. Camera operators need to be able to move about the action while holding a camera steady.

Physical stamina. Camera operators may need to carry heavy equipment for long periods of time, particularly when they are filming on location.

Visual skills. Film and video editors and camera operators must be able to see clearly what they are filming or editing in the postproduction process.

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Real Video Editor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Film and Video Editor Left Hand Post LLC Los Angeles, CA Apr 09, 2016 $104,350
Film and Video Editor Jamestown Associates, LLC Philadelphia, PA Feb 15, 2016 $100,000
Film and Video Editor Jamestown Associates, LLC Philadelphia, PA Mar 15, 2016 $100,000
Video Editor Sonicinvision, Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2015 $99,570
Video Editor-Digital Bloomberg L.P. New York, NY Jul 27, 2016 $97,500 -
$120,000
Video Editor Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jul 31, 2016 $94,000
Video Editor Shortpeace Films, Inc. New York, NY Jul 28, 2016 $75,109
Video Editor Avenues New York LLC New York, NY Sep 22, 2015 $75,000
Firm and Video Editor Bricks and Mortar Media San Francisco, CA Jan 25, 2016 $71,011
Video Editor Emotion Studios Sausalito, CA Jun 27, 2016 $67,808 -
$90,000
Video Editor Emotion Studios Sausalito, CA Feb 09, 2016 $67,808 -
$90,000
Video Editor Wow Media Products Inc. New York, NY Jun 06, 2016 $65,000
Director, Motion Design & Video Editing Volkman Video, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $65,000
Video Editor Ya Zhou Wen Hua Enterprises Limited (N.Y.) New York, NY Sep 21, 2016 $53,706
Film and Video Director/Editor Almanack Productions LLC ME Jan 12, 2016 $51,132
Digital Video Editor Inspirehub Inc. Richardson, TX May 10, 2015 $50,627
Video Editor Magic Circle Films International LLC Auburn, NY Sep 15, 2015 $50,003
Film and Video Editor Yellow Brick Communications LLC New York, NY Aug 07, 2016 $50,000
Film/Video Editor Form & Fiction LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2016 $50,000
Video Editor & Curator Pond5 Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2015 $50,000
Video Editor Supreme Productions LLC Doral, FL Jul 27, 2016 $48,277
Video Editor VOX Network Solutions, Inc. Brisbane, CA Sep 25, 2015 $40,592
Film and Video Editor Influence People Ltd San Francisco, CA Sep 12, 2015 $40,456
Video Editor Ya Zhou Wen Hua Enterprises, Ltd. New York, NY Mar 09, 2016 $40,000
Video Editor China Soul for Christ Foundation Rohnert Park, CA Jun 01, 2015 $40,000
Video/Motion Editor Transcendent Enterprise New York, NY Sep 22, 2016 $40,000
Video Editor Sonicinvision, Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $39,711
Event Video Editor Team Bubbly, LLC New York, NY Dec 26, 2016 $39,131

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Top Skills for A Video Editor

TrainingVideosShowsCompanyWebsiteSpecificAudioFinalCutProDVDAdobePhotoshopMotionGraphicsVideoProductionFinalProductYoutubeEditVideoMusicVideosPromotionalVideosVideoContentAdobePremiereProPhotographyRawVideoFootageColorCorrectionHDVideoProjects

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Top Video Editor Skills

  1. Training Videos Shows
  2. Company Website
  3. Specific Audio
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • edited and shot the footage to be displayed for client's company website demo
  • Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.
  • Gained a solid efficiency with Final Cut Pro 7, and other editing programs.
  • Create custom DVD menus and visual effects for videos.
  • Edited approximately 25 videos for the Adobe Photoshop Behind the Splash Screen campaign

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