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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