Film and Video Editors

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Assistant Film Editor
  • Associate Producer
  • Commercial Producer
  • Cue Selector
  • Digital Editor
  • Digital Media Coordinator
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Electronic News Gathering Editor (ENG Editor)
  • Film Editor
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What They Do

  • 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.
  • Trim film segments to specified lengths and reassemble segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.
  • Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.
  • Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story.
  • Set up and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.
  • Edit films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using editing equipment.
  • Cut shot sequences to different angles at specific points in scenes, making each individual cut as fluid and seamless as possible.
  • Piece sounds together to develop film soundtracks.
  • Mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: AIE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Kansas City, MO-KS was $49,720 with most people making between $26,180 and $87,360

Outlook

5.93%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 135 people in Kansas City, MO-KS. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 8 openings due to growth and about 12 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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