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Freelance work and using digital technology and computer software are key aspects of a career in film and video editing
As a film or video editor, you'll be responsible for assembling recorded raw material into a finished product that's suitable for broadcasting. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects. This is a key role in the post-production process and your skills can determine the quality and delivery of the final product. You'll usually work closely with the director to achieve the desired end result.
It's highly likely that you'll be employed on a freelance basis, working on short-term contracts for post-production studios, television companies and corporate employers.
Digital technology, specialist computer software and high-quality digitisation of sound and pictures have effectively replaced the traditional manual method of cutting film. In some instances you may be given creative freedom, while in others you'll be required to just operate the necessary machines.
You may work on a variety of productions including:
Your work as an editor will involve:
Additional tasks may include:
You may also carry out online editing duties which involve finalising technical aspects such as correcting faulty footage, grading and colouring, and adding special effects.
It's likely you'll be able to do standard office hours but it will vary depending on the production. You may have to do some shift work if editing studios are booked at night. When there are deadlines to meet, long hours and overtime may be required.
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