Career outlook for video editor
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would bring together pictures and sound to produce a finished piece for film, TV or the internet.
You would be part of a post-production team that joins together material recorded by the camera and sound crews and adds any extra effects. You could work on projects from feature films and TV programmes to corporate videos, commercials and music videos.
Typically, you would:
- Agree a finished ‘look’ for the final footage with the director
- Transfer film or video footage to computer
- Check the footage and decide which shots to keep and which to cut out
- Cut and join shots using editing software
- Keep a clear idea of the storyline, even though you may be editing scenes out of sequence
- Create a 'rough cut' from the chosen material
- Digitally improve picture quality
- Use computer software to add titles, graphics, sound and any visual effects
- Put all the elements together, in order, for the final version
- Create DVDs or format footage for streaming online
On larger projects, you could be one of several editors with different jobs and specialisms. You could create the ‘rough cut’ as an offline editor, produce the final version of the footage as an online editor or edit the sound effects.
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