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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