Who is a Video Editor?

A video editor is a person who specializes in the post-production of videos. This includes editing, color correction, audio mixing and other special effects.
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A Video Editor is a professional who is responsible for the post-production of a film or video. This includes tasks such as selecting and arranging the shots to be used in the final product, editing the footage to create a cohesive narrative, and adding visual effects and audio.

Typical Responsibilities of a Video Editor

  • Manipulate and edit film pieces in a way that’s invisible to the audience
  • Take a brief to grasp production team’s needs and specifications
  • Review shooting script and raw material to create a shot decision list based on scenes’ value and contribution to continuity
  • Trim footage segments and put together the sequence of the film
  • Input music, dialogues, graphics and effects
  • Create rough and final cuts
  • Ensure logical sequencing and smooth running
  • Consult with stakeholders from production to post-production process
  • Continuously discover and implement new editing technologies and industry’s best practices to maximize efficiency.

Typical Requirements for Video Production

  • Solid experience with digital technology and editing software packages (e.g. Avid Media Composer, Lightworks, Premiere Pro, After Effects and Final Cut)
  • Demonstrable video editing ability with a strong portfolio
  • Thorough knowledge of timing, motivation and continuity
  • Familiarity with special effects, 3D and compositing
  • Creative mind and storytelling skills
  • Preferably a degree in film studies, cinematography or video production


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