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  • A woman is sitting at a large desk, which is full of computer and television screens.  She is using a computer.

    Adding captions to the footage.

  • A woman is sitting at a large desk, which is full of computer and television screens.  She is looking at footage on one of the screens.

    Viewing the original footage.

  • Two women are sitting at a desk, full of computer and television screens.

    Working with a presenter on a piece that she has shot.

  • A woman is sitting at a large desk, which is full of computer and television screens.  She is using a computer.

    Editors view footage on monitors and input commands via a keyboard.

  • A woman is sitting at a large desk, which is full of computer and television screens.  She is using a computer.

    Editing a piece of footage which will appear on a local TV news programme.

  • A woman is sitting at a desk, using a computer.

    Editors need to concentrate carefully on the footage they are working on.

  • A woman is crouching down and attaching cables to an audio machine.

    Working on the sound track.

  • A woman and a man are sitting at a desk in a large office.  They are looking at a sheet of paper and talking.

    Chatting with a producer.

  • Video Editor

Video Editor

Introduction

As a Video Editor, you will prepare final versions of film and video tape, ready for showing. You'll arrange shots, improve the quality of pictures and add special effects, if needed. You'll also match sound to pictures and adjust sound levels.

Also known as

  • Editor, Film/Video
  • Tape Editor
  • Video Editor
  • Film Editor

Work Activities

As a Video Editor, you will prepare the final version of film and video tape, often working closely with producers and directors to create a narrative. You'll arrange shots, adjust and enhance the quality of pictures and add special effects, if needed. The end result is a technically correct final version, ready for transmission.

Preparing the sound can involve matching sound to pictures, fixing sound levels, preparing new soundtracks and dubbing. For some productions, you might mix sounds and add music, background noise, special effects or narration.

Material is usually dealt with shot by shot, in sequence. You'll view images on monitors and input commands using a keyboard. 'Offline' editing allows the editor to copy up a trial edit before doing a main 'online' edit. You are also able to work on the recording directly, transferring the material later onto master tape to create the finished piece.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

As a Video Editor, you need:

  • Creative skills.
  • An aptitude for using technical equipment.
  • Accuracy and an eye for detail.
  • Patience and the ability to maintain concentration during long editing sessions.
  • An interest in all aspects of film and television.
  • To be able to work as part of a team with other production staff.
  • To be prepared to update your skills as new technology is introduced.

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £25,500 - £28,500
  • With experience: £32,000 - £39,000
  • Senior Video Editors earn £43,000

Hours of work

Working hours vary, from a basic 40-hour week, to shift work, including evenings and weekends. Some film/video tape editors work long, irregular hours, especially as deadlines approach.

Where could I work?

Employers are industrial/commercial video companies, the BBC, independent television and film companies, and satellite and cable television firms.

Opportunities forVideo Editors occur regionally in towns and cities throughout the UK, and in major broadcasting production centres such as London, Birmingham, Manchester/Salford and Leeds.

Self-employment

Many Video Editors work on short, temporary contracts as self-employed freelancers; for example, film companies hire editors for particular productions.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised:

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

New entrants come from a range of backgrounds, including graduates, those with higher national awards, and industry training scheme students. There are many courses, at all levels, covering film, television and video. However, few courses specialise in editing. The most important thing is to build a portfolio that potential employers can view (for example a YouTube channel of your work). Most editors work their way up from junior roles.

Due to the widespread use of digital technology, there are fewer assistant editor posts available than in the past.

A small number of MA courses in Editing are available.

A great way to get into this career is through an internship. Take a look at our information article 'Internships', for more details.

Training

If you would like some more training, then the MetFilm School offer an introductory course in post-production. This course is suitable for people to become familiar in screen content editing, which could be really useful for Video Editors. By the end of the course, you would have learnt about:

  • the fundamentals of Adobe Premiere Pro
  • how to effectively manipulate data
  • how to use Adobe software and its workflow
  • the basic filters, transitions, motion and titles used in editing

Other courses could be available in your area.

Work Experience

Many entrants have a degree, often in a media-related subject.

Progression

With experience, editors can move from local TV and small scale productions to national TV and film work.

Qualifications

Candidates wishing to enter a relevant course are expected to demonstrate a basic understanding of film/video editing, technical ability and a good eye for visual effects.

Although no formal qualifications are needed for some courses, some GCSEs (A to C or 9 to 4) including English, Maths and Physics are useful.

A BTEC Level 3 qualification in TV, Film and Special Effects would help you to stand out from the crowd (exact course title may vary).

Many successful applicants have higher qualifications.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Experience

Many entrants have a degree, often in a media-related subject.

Courses

If you don't have the qualifications needed to enter your chosen degree or HND course, a college or university Access course (eg, Access to Media) could be the way in. No formal qualifications are usually required, but you should check individual course details.

Further Information

British Film Institute (BFI)

Website: www.bfi.org.uk

National Film and Television School (NFTS)

Tel: 01494 671234

Email: info@nfts.co.uk

Website: www.nftsfilm-tv.ac.uk

ScreenSkills

Skills for the creative industries

Email: info@creativeskillset.org

Website: www.creativeskillset.org

Creative Choices

Publisher: Creative & Cultural Skills

Email: info@creative-choices.co.uk

Website: www.creative-choices.co.uk

Creative & Cultural Skills

Skills for craft, cultural heritage, design, literature, music, performing arts and visual arts

Email: london@ccskills.org.uk

Website: ccskills.org.uk

BBC Careers

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/careers/home

Wireless Group

Irish enquiries

Email: info@u.tv

Website: www.utvmedia.com

ITV Jobs

Website: www.itvjobs.com

Northern Ireland Screen

Northern Ireland Enquiries

Email: info@northernirelandscreen.co.uk

Website: www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk

StartinTV

Website: www.startintv.com

British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society (BKSTS) Accreditation

Course accreditation

Email: mark.trompeteler@bksts.com

Website: www.bkstsaccreditation.com

Edinburgh International Television Festival (MGEITF)

Tel: 0207 278 9515

Email: Info@thetvfestival.com

Website: www.geitf.co.uk/thenetwork

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

Wales Screen

Website: www.screenwales.com

S4C (Welsh Enquiries)

Address: Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen, Cardiff, UK, CF14 5DU

Tel: 029 2046 5533

Website: www.s4c.co.uk

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