What do Film and Video Editors do?
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.
- 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.
- Set up and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.
- Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story.
- 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.
- Mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end.
- 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.
- Confer with producers and directors concerning layout or editing approaches needed to increase dramatic or entertainment value of productions.
- Piece sounds together to develop film soundtracks.
- 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.
- Program computerized graphic effects.
- 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.
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