Profession video and motion picture editor

Video and motion picture editors are responsible for the assembly and cutting of raw footage into a logically and aesthetically either for movies, television series, or domestic purposes. They reorganize scenes that have been shot and decide which special effects are needed. Video and motion picture editors work closely together with sound editors and music directors.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising


  • Motion graphics

    The techniques and software for creating the illusion of motion such as keyframing, Adobe After Effects, and Nuke.

  • Graphic design

    The techniques to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

  • Film production process

    The various development stages of making a film, such as scriptwriting, financing, shooting, editing, and distribution.

  • Multimedia systems

    The methods, procedures and techniques pertaining to the operation of multimedia systems, usually a combination of software and hardware, presenting various types of media such as video and audio.

  • ICT software specifications

    The characteristics, use and operations of various software products such as computer programmes and application software.

  • Personal directing styles

    Be familliar with the style of specific directors.


  • Supervise equipment

    Start up and shut down equipment; identify and troubleshoot technical problems and conduct minor repairs. Monitor control equipment in order to identify safety and environmental hazards.

  • Synchronise sound with images

    Synchronise recorded sound with footage.

  • Follow directions of the artistic director

    Follow the instructions of the director while understanding his creative vision.

  • Supervise video and motion picture editing team

    Supervise multimedia artists and other members of the video and motion picture editing team to make sure editing is done on time and according to the creative vision of the production team.

  • Consult with production director

    Consult with the director, producer and clients throughout the production and post-production process.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Consult with producer

    Consult with a motion picture producer about requirements, deadlines, budget, and other specifications.

  • Cut raw footage digitally

    Digitally cut video footage to put together the sequence of the film and decide what is usable.

  • Watch scenes

    Watch raw scenes and shots after shooting to ensure quality. Decide which shots will be used and what needs to be edited.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Put uncut recordings into computer

    Put uncut footage and sound into files on the computer.

  • Search databases

    Search for information or people using databases.

Optional knowledge and skills

create moving images apply colour grading design graphics digital compositing photography apply 3d imaging techniques edit recorded sound graphics editor software render 3d images sketchbook pro 3d lighting animate 3d organic forms microsoft visio file-based workflow perform video editing create subtitles synfig gimp work with the camera crew convert different audiovisual formats adobe illustrator archive documentation related to the work manage staff draw up artistic production adobe photoshop develop animations colour grading advise contractors advise supervisors operate 3d computer graphics software edit digital moving images

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