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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

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate images that entertain or inform an audience. Camera operators capture a wide range of material for TV shows, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events. Editors take footage shot by camera operators and organize it into a final product. They collaborate with producers and directors to create the final production.

Duties

Film and video editors and camera operators typically do the following:

  • Shoot and record television programs, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events
  • Organize digital footage with video editing software
  • Collaborate with a director to determine the overall vision of the production
  • Discuss filming and editing techniques with a director to improve a scene
  • Select the appropriate equipment, such as the type of lens or lighting
  • Shoot or edit a scene based on the director’s vision

Many camera operators have one or more assistants working under their supervision. The assistants set up the camera equipment and may be responsible for its storage and care. They also help the operator determine the best shooting angle and make sure that the camera stays in focus.

Likewise, editors often have one or more assistants. The assistants support the editor by keeping track of each shot in a database or loading digital video into an editing bay. Assistants also may do some of the editing tasks.

The increased use of digital filming has changed the work of a large number of editors and camera operators. Many operators prefer using digital cameras because these smaller, more inexpensive instruments give them more flexibility in shooting angles. Digital cameras also have changed the job of some camera assistants: instead of loading film or choosing lenses, they download digital images or choose a type of software program to use with the camera.

Nearly all editing work is done on a computer, and editors often are trained in a specific type of editing software.

The following are examples of types of camera operators:

Studio camera operators work in a broadcast studio and videotape their subjects from a fixed position. There may be one or several cameras in use at a time. Operators normally follow directions that give the order of the shots. They often have time to practice camera movements before shooting begins. If they are shooting a live event, they must be able to make adjustments at a moment’s notice and follow the instructions of the show’s director.

Cinematographers film motion pictures. They usually have a team of camera operators and assistants working under them. They determine the angles and types of equipment that will best capture a shot. They also adjust the lighting in a shot, because that is an important part of how the image looks.

Cinematographers may use stationary cameras that shoot whatever passes in front of them, or they may use a camera mounted on a track and move around the action. Some cinematographers sit on cranes to film and action scene; others carry the camera on their shoulder while they move around the action.

Some cinematographers specialize in filming cartoons or special effects.

Videographers film or videotape private ceremonies or special events, such as weddings. They also may work with companies and make corporate documentaries on a variety of topics. Some videographers post their work on video-sharing websites for prospective clients. Most videographers edit their own material.

Many videographers run their own business or do freelance work. They may submit bids, write contracts, and get permission to shoot on locations that may not be open to the public. They also get copyright protection for their work and keep financial records.

Many editors and camera operators, particularly videographers, put their creative work online. If it becomes popular, they gain more recognition, which can lead to future employment or freelance opportunities.

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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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Video Editor Career Paths

Video Editor
Motion Graphics Designer Art Director Marketing Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Senior Writer Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Assistant Director Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Executive Producer Creative Director
Creative Director & Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Owner & Designer Senior Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Art Instructor Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Writer And Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Associate Producer Production Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Technical Director Business Developer
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Operations Manager Marketing Director
Executive Director, Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Associate Producer Writer/Producer Writer And Editor
Founder
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Editor Senior Writer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Office Manager Marketing Coordinator
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Producer Writer/Producer Writer And Editor
Senior Editor
5 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Producer
Senior Producer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Video Editor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Avid Editor 4.6 years
News Video Editor 3.1 years
Video Specialist 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 3.0 years
Media Producer 2.8 years
Video Operator 2.7 years
Video Technician 2.7 years
Video Producer 2.6 years
Editor 2.6 years
Graphics Editor 2.6 years
Editor, Freelance 2.5 years
Lead Editor 2.4 years
Film Editor 2.3 years
Digital Editor 2.1 years
Video Editor 2.0 years
Assistant Editor 2.0 years
Videographer 1.9 years
Multimedia Editor 1.8 years
Junior Editor 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 14.0%
Editor 6.5%
Director 2.7%
Top Employers After
Editor 6.8%
Internship 6.3%
Producer 3.7%
Director 2.9%
Owner 2.5%

Video Editor Demographics

Gender

Male

72.8%

Female

24.9%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

75.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.4%

French

10.4%

Italian

5.2%

Chinese

4.9%

German

4.0%

Mandarin

3.7%

Portuguese

3.7%

Japanese

3.5%

Arabic

2.6%

Russian

2.0%

Korean

1.2%

Swedish

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Hebrew

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Dutch

0.6%

Armenian

0.6%

Cantonese

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%
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Video Editor Education

Schools

Full Sail University

14.8%

Columbia College Chicago

8.0%

Savannah College of Art and Design

7.3%

Academy of Art University

7.1%

San Francisco State University

6.3%

New York University

5.8%

Temple University

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.6%

University of North Texas

4.4%

University of Southern California

4.4%

Ball State University

4.1%

Towson University

4.0%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.1%

University of Central Florida

3.0%

Syracuse University

2.9%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

2.9%

University of Phoenix

2.9%

California State University - Fullerton

2.7%

Fitchburg State University

2.7%
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Majors

Photography

29.3%

Communication

19.9%

Digital Media

6.4%

Journalism

6.1%

Fine Arts

4.6%

Graphic Design

4.6%

Business

3.7%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.5%

Entertainment Business

2.9%

Animation

2.6%

Computer Science

2.0%

English

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.9%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Marketing

1.5%

Design And Visual Communication

1.5%

Computer Applications

1.4%

Theatre

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

58.5%

Other

16.8%

Masters

11.1%

Associate

8.7%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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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 & Communications Manager Wildaid, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $75,000
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 Shooter/Editor MIC Network, Inc. New York, NY Aug 30, 2016 $65,000 -
$85,000
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
Video Editor-Lead Artist JAYA Production Services Inc. Issaquah, WA Sep 26, 2016 $50,985
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 Comparenetworks, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Sep 03, 2015 $42,000 -
$52,000
Video Editor Bonsai 3 LLC North Miami, FL Nov 16, 2015 $42,000
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

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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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