Video Editor

Video Editor Job Description

 Video Or Film Editor Is Responsible For Assembling Recorded Raw Material Into A Finished Product Suitable For Broadcasting. The Material May Consist Of Camera Footage, Dialogue, Sound Effects, Graphics And Special Effects.

This Is A Key Role In The Post-production Process And The Editor's Skill Can Determine The Quality And Delivery Of The Final Product. The Editor May Be Part Of A Team And They Will Usually Work Closely With The Director To Achieve The Desired End Result.


Video Editor Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • receiving a brief, and maybe an outline of footage and/or a shot list, script, or screenplay;
  • digitally cutting the files to put together the sequence of the film and deciding what is usable;
  • creating a 'rough cut' (or assembly edit) of the programme/film and determining the exact cutting for the next and final stages;
  • reordering and tweaking the content to ensure the logical sequencing and smooth running of the video/film.
  • assembling all raw footage, with camera shots either recorded or transferred onto video tape in preparation for inputting into the computer;
  • inputting uncut rushes and sound, and synchronising and storing them into files on the computer;
  • overseeing the quality and progress of audio and video engineering and editing;
  • familiarising yourself with the style of specific directors;
  • experimenting with styles and techniques including the design of graphic elements;
  • consulting with the director, producer and/or client throughout the post-production process;
  • selecting the most effective shot of a scene in terms of drama, story relevance or continuity;
  • writing voiceover/commentary;
  • suggesting or selecting music;
  • if freelancing, negotiating rates of pay and conditions, managing business affairs, and/or liaising with an agent.


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