Film and Video Editors

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Journalism and Broadcasting

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

Common job titles of Film and Video Editors include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 49.81% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 26.26% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Trim film segments to specified lengths and reassemble segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.

    Verify key numbers and time codes on materials.

    Edit films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using editing equipment.

    Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story.

    Organize and string together raw footage into a continuous whole according to scripts or the instructions of directors and producers.

    Review assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to determine if corrections are necessary.

    Set up and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.

    Cut shot sequences to different angles at specific points in scenes, making each individual cut as fluid and seamless as possible.

    Mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end.

    Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.

    Supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in film editing, assembling, and recording activities.

    Piece sounds together to develop film soundtracks.

    Conduct film screenings for directors and members of production staffs.

    Record needed sounds or obtain them from sound effects libraries.

    Review footage sequence by sequence to become familiar with it before assembling it into a final product.

    Program computerized graphic effects.

    Manipulate plot, score, sound, and graphics to make the parts into a continuous whole, working closely with people in audio, visual, music, optical, or special effects departments.

    Study scripts to become familiar with production concepts and requirements.

    Estimate how long audiences watching comedies will laugh at each gag line or situation to space scenes appropriately.

    Collaborate with music editors to select appropriate passages of music and develop production scores.

    Develop post-production models for films.

    Confer with producers and directors concerning layout or editing approaches needed to increase dramatic or entertainment value of productions.

    Discuss the sound requirements of pictures with sound effects editors.


Video patch bays

Personal computers

Network routers

Laptop computers

Digital video editing systems

Digital video disk DVD recorders

All Tools

Desktop computers

Audio patch bays


Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator


Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization

Hypertext markup language HTML



All Technologies

Adobe Systems Adobe Director

Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro

Apple DVD Studio Pro

Apple Final Cut Pro

Apple QuickTime

Apple Xsan

Autodesk Smoke

Avid Digidesign Pro Tools

Avid Technology

Boris FX Continuum Complete


Google Video


Sorenson Media Sorenson Squeeze

Windows Media Services


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


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Occupation Sections


Communications and Media

Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Fine Arts

Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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