How to Become a Video Editor
Job Duties of a Video Editor
Skills and Qualities of a Video Editor
Video Editor Salaries
Influential Video Editors
Leading Organizations for Video Editors
Top Cities for Video Editing Jobs
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With the rise of so-called 'prosumer' hardware and software and the availability of any number of excellent books on video editing, it has never been easier or less expensive to learn advanced video editing techniques. Of course, the contacts one makes as part of a structured training program, either as a tradesman or as an undergraduate, will likely prove crucial in establishing oneself in the profession. Nevertheless, one can certainly develop the pure skill and knowledge necessary to be a successful video editor at home, with a minimum financial investment.
As the content of the Internet becomes more and more video-driven, a number of industries, which have previously been unconcerned with video production and post-production, have begun adding video editors to their ranks. For example, newspapers, magazines and other traditionally print-based media outlets have, in recent years, begun employing video editors to produce content for their websites, as have fashion designers such as Calvin Klein, book publishers such as Simon & Schuster and art museums, like MOCA in Los Angeles.
With such a rich array of opportunities video editors now have a great deal of occupational security, a wide range of industries in which they can work and a climate in which they can thrive. Indeed, one can safely say that video editors have never been in more demand by a more diverse set of industries than they are in the early twenty-first century.
Contemporary video editors must also be masters of a number of computer programs and hardware apparatus, including Avid's Media Composer, Express DV and Xpress Pro, Apple's Final Cut Pro and QuickTime and Adobe's Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Since some crossover exits within the fields of graphic design, web design and sound engineering, many video editors also find themselves conversant with other elements of Adobe's Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Flash and Apple's Logic Studio. If a video editor will be working with live video, they will also require training in a vision mixer, such as Ross' Video Vision or Sony's BVS-3200CP.
Finally, because so many video editors produce their own footage and/or must discuss footage with both lay and professional camera operators, a working knowledge of the major prosumer and professional cameras can give them a substantial professional edge.
Therefore, while there are exceptions within every sector of the video editing community, the following numbers can serve as a general guide to what one might expect to make. In most major markets, freelance and post house video editors may expect to make around $75/hour while those employed at corporations, television stations and by websites in the same markets will be salaried in the $65-75,000 range.
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