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Film and Video Editors

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

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in film editing, assembling, and recording activities.
    • 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.
    • Verify key numbers and time codes on materials.
    • 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.
    • Confer with producers and directors concerning layout or editing approaches needed to increase dramatic or entertainment value of productions.
    • Conduct film screenings for directors and members of production staffs.
    • Collaborate with music editors to select appropriate passages of music and develop production scores.
    • Study scripts to become familiar with production concepts and requirements.
    • Develop post-production models for films.
    • Estimate how long audiences watching comedies will laugh at each gag line or situation to space scenes appropriately.
    • Discuss the sound requirements of pictures with sound effects editors.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • English Language

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

    • Computers and Electronics

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

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $55,980/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $26.91/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 450
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Network routers
    • Media control systems
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Web platform development software
    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Video creation and editing software
    • Music or sound editing software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    Tags
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.