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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

  • $44,000

    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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Average Length of Employment
News Video Editor 3.1 years
Video Editor 3.0 years
Editor & Producer 2.9 years
Video Producer 2.8 years
Lead Editor 2.6 years
Film Editor 2.3 years
Videographer 2.0 years
Assistant Editor 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Video Editor
Internship 14.1%
Editor 7.1%
Cashier 3.2%
Director 2.6%
Volunteer 2.5%
Top Careers After Video Editor
Editor 6.9%
Internship 6.8%
Producer 3.5%
Owner 3.2%
Director 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$44,000
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$28,000
Min 10%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$44,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Townsquare Media
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Video Editor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Video Editor in the United States is $44,454 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $68,000.

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
Video Editor & Communications Manager Wildaid, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $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
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
Video Editor & Curator Pond5 Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2015 $50,000
Film/Video Editor Form & Fiction LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2016 $50,000
Video Editor Bonsai 3 LLC North Miami, FL Nov 16, 2015 $42,000
Video Editor Comparenetworks, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Sep 03, 2015 $42,000 -
$52,000
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/Motion Editor Transcendent Enterprise New York, NY Sep 22, 2016 $40,000
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

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Top Skills for A Video Editor

  1. Training Videos Shows
  2. Video Production
  3. Final Cut Pro
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Initiated internal transition to industry-norm terminology within video production facility.
  • Edit full length theatrical and independent films using Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Apple Motion and Adobe Premiere.
  • Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.
  • Researched, designed, and created graphics for incorporation into final cuts using Adobe PhotoShop and extensive photo libraries.
  • Designed and hosted company website9.

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Top 10 Best States for Video Editors

  1. New York
  2. New Jersey
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Connecticut
  5. California
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Arizona
  8. Washington
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Florida
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Video Editor Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 12,060 Video Editor resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Video Editor Demographics

Gender

Male

67.5%

Female

22.6%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

19.1%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.9%

French

9.3%

Chinese

6.1%

Mandarin

4.6%

Italian

4.3%

Japanese

4.3%

German

3.3%

Portuguese

3.0%

Arabic

2.8%

Russian

2.0%

Korean

1.5%

Dutch

0.9%

Swedish

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Armenian

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.4%
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Video Editor Education

Schools

Full Sail University

15.2%

Columbia College Chicago

8.3%

New York University

7.6%

San Francisco State University

6.9%

Academy of Art University

6.5%

University of Texas at Austin

5.3%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.2%

Temple University

4.8%

Emerson College

4.6%

School of Visual Arts

4.4%

University of North Texas

4.4%

University of Southern California

3.8%

Syracuse University

3.1%

University of Central Florida

3.1%

Towson University

3.0%

Miami Dade College

2.9%

Brigham Young University

2.9%

University of Houston

2.7%

Art Institute of Atlanta

2.7%

Georgia State University

2.7%
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Majors

Photography

30.9%

Communication

17.8%

Digital Media

6.6%

Journalism

6.4%

Graphic Design

5.1%

Fine Arts

4.7%

Business

3.6%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.5%

Entertainment Business

3.0%

Animation

2.9%

Computer Science

2.3%

English

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.6%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Marketing

1.4%

Electrical Engineering

1.4%

Design And Visual Communication

1.4%

Music

1.4%

Theatre

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

59.5%

Other

16.4%

Masters

10.4%

Associate

9.0%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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