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Summary of occupation

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.

ANZSCO description: Operates television equipment to record, edit, mix and prepare material for broadcast.
Alternative names: Vision mixer, Film and television editor, Television equipment operator
Specialisations:
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A video editor needs:

  • to be passionate about film and screen arts
  • creative flair and a high level of technical skills
  • to have excellent attention to detail
  • good time management skills and to be able to meet deadlines
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • good communication skills.
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Working conditions

​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.

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Salary details

Video editors and post-production editors can expect to earn at least between $813 and $955 per week ($42 266 and $49 650 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a video editor develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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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.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a video editor without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. However, entry into this occupation may be improved by obtaining a formal qualification in screen and media, film and video or a related area.

The 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 complete a degree majoring in film and video, screen production, screen arts, or film and screen production.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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