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Film and Video Editors
District Of Columbia

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Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

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Currently Employed: 80

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $18.38 - $43.45

Typical Annual Salary: $38,200 - $90,400

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Piece sounds together to develop film soundtracks.
  • Mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end.

tools & technology

  • Desktop computers
  • Media control systems
  • Network routers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers

  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Music or sound editing software
  • Video creation and editing software
  • Web page creation and editing software
  • Web platform development software

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