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Career and Education Opportunities for Film or Videotape Editors

In general, film or videotape editors edit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Film or Videotape Editor

Film or Videotape Editor video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Film or videotape editors edit films and videotapes to insert music and sound effects, to organize films into sequences, and to fix errors, using editing equipment. They also assemble and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product. Equally important, film or videotape editors have to mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end. They are often called upon to inspect assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to establish if corrections are needed. They are expected to verify key numbers and time codes on materials. Finally, film or videotape editors cut shot sequences to different angles at specific points in scenes, making each individual cut as fluid and seamless as possible.

Every day, film or videotape editors are expected to be able to prioritize information for further consideration. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.