What they do
Video editors apply creative and technical editing skills to tell an effective story in either film or video format. They work with raw, unedited footage (‘dailies’ or ‘rushes’) and select scenes, trim sections and arrange them to produce the final product. They also add music, sound effects, animations and other visual effects (VFX). They consult with production team members to discuss scene selections and any re-shooting of scenes.
In Western Australia, video editors may work for television and broadcasting stations or production companies in major metropolitan and regional areas.
Video editors usually work in air-conditioned/heated offices, or in studio editing suites. They generally work business hours, however, they may be required to work overtime (evenings and on weekends) during a project to meet deadlines. Some video editors may work remotely in home-based editing suites and send their work through to the production company or studio.
Tools and technologies
Video editors use specialist software programs to assemble individual shots into a story-telling sequence. They also correct and adjust transitions, apply colour-grading corrections, and add audio such as music, narrations and sound effects using software programs such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.
How do I become one?
Education and training
You can work as a television equipment operator without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a qualification in screen and media, film and video or a related area.
The Certificate III in Screen and Media (Film & Television), Diploma of Screen and Media (Film and Television), Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media, and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Broadcast Television) are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.
You can also study a degree in media, film or screen production.
Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.
You can also undertake a traineeship in broadcasting (television) (level 3 or level 4). The traineeships usually take 12 months to complete.
Required registration and licensing