Job Description for: Film and Video Editors.
Edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.
Job Tasks for: Film and Video Editors.
Confer with producers and directors concerning layout or
editing approaches needed to increase dramatic or entertainment value
Cut shot sequences to different angles at specific points
in scenes, making each individual cut as fluid and seamless as possible.
Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary
to complete films.
Edit films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound
effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using
Manipulate plot, score, sound, and graphics to make the parts
into a continuous whole, working closely with people in audio, visual,
music, optical and/or special effects departments.
Mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin
Organize and string together raw footage into a continuous whole
according to scripts and/or the instructions of directors and producers.
Piece sounds together to develop film soundtracks.
Review assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors
in order to determine if corrections are necessary.
Review footage sequence by sequence in order to become familiar
with it before assembling it into a final product.
Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene in
order 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
in order to produce a final product.
Study scripts to become familiar with production concepts and
Trim film segments to specified lengths, and reassemble segments
in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.
Collaborate with music editors to select appropriate passages
of music and develop production scores.
Conduct film screenings for directors and members of production
Develop post-production models for films.
Discuss the sound requirements of pictures with sound effects
Estimate how long audiences watching comedies will laugh at each
gag line or situation, in order to space scenes appropriately.
Program computerized graphic effects.
Record needed sounds, or obtain them from sound effects libraries.
Supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in film
editing, assembling, and recording activities.
Verify key numbers and time codes on materials.
Required Knowledge for: Film and Video Editors.
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
Fine Arts -- Knowledge of the theory and techniques required
to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts,
drama, and sculpture.
Computers and Electronics -- Knowledge of circuit boards, processors,
chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including
applications and programming.
Skills Required for: Film and Video Editors.
Monitoring -- Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself,
other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective
Speaking -- Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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.
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.
Complex Problem Solving -- Identifying complex problems and reviewing
related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Active Learning -- Understanding the implications of new information
for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Coordination -- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Judgment and Decision Making -- Considering the relative costs
and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Operation and Control -- Controlling operations of equipment
Abilities Required for: Film and Video Editors.
Visualization -- The ability to imagine how something will
look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Near Vision -- The ability to see details at close range (within
a few feet of the observer).
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
Job Activities for: Film and Video Editors.
Getting Information -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise
obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Thinking Creatively -- Developing, designing, or creating
new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People -- Assessing
the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events -- Identifying information
by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities,
and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
Controlling Machines and Processes -- Using either control mechanisms
or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including
computers or vehicles).
Making Decisions and Solving Problems -- Analyzing information
and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings -- Monitoring and
reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to
detect or assess problems.
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
-- Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether
events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates -- Providing
information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone,
in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Processing Information -- Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating,
tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data
Film and Video Editors.
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