How to Become a Video Editor

Video Editor Job Description

Video editors are responsible for assembling camera footage, graphics, special effects, sound effects, dialogue and other raw video material into a product that is suitable for broadcasting. The video editor must work closely with the director to ensure the desired results are achieved. 



Video Editor Job Duties

  • Review screenplay, scripts and shot list
  • Assemble all raw footage, with camera shots either recorded or transferred onto videotape in preparation for inputting into the computer
  • Digitally cut files to determine the sequence of the film and identify what will be useful
  • Create a rough cut of the video and determine the exact cutting for the next and final stages
  • Understand the style and creative vision of specific directors
  • Confer with producers, directors or the client during the post-production process
  • Oversee the quality and progress of audio and visual engineering




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