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Film / Video Editor

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€18k > 60
Film/Video Tape Editor
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 60
Related Information:
Starting: 18 - 30
Experienced: 25 - 60
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Edits and prepares pre-recorded footage for a film or video.


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The Work header image

Editors prepare the final version of film and video tape, ready for showing. They arrange shots, adjust and enhance the quality of pictures and add special effects if needed. Work takes place in close liaison with producers/directors. A variety of equipment, including the latest digital systems, is used for editing. All initial editing is done on a copy called a Workprint which allows the editor to do as much experimenting as they wish without damaging the original.  
 
Preparing the sound can involve matching sound to pictures, fixing sound levels, preparing new soundtracks and dubbing. For some productions, editors mix sounds and add music, background noise, special effects or narration.  
 
Film editors prepare, cut and splice film. Material is usually dealt with shot by shot, in sequence. Video editing is done using new technology. Editors view tape on monitors and input commands via a keyboard. 'Off-line' editing allows the editor to copy up a trial edit before doing a main 'on-line' edit. Editors are also able to work on the recording directly, transferring the material later on to master tape to create the finished piece.  
 
The most up-to-date computer-controlled systems allow editors to download all the footage on to computer hard disks. They then use editing software to produce the final version. The film editor is often the first person chosen. These days editing is usually done on a computer based system.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Organize and string together raw footage into a continuous whole according to scripts or the instructions of directors and producers.

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Review assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to determine if corrections are necessary.

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Trim film segments to specified lengths, and reassemble segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.

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Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.

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Set up and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.

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Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story.

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Edit films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using editing equipment.

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Cut shot sequences to different angles at specific points in scenes, making each individual cut as fluid and seamless as possible.

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Mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end.

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Verify key numbers and time codes on materials.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You should have artistic skills and a good understanding of audio-visual media. You will also need an aptitude for technology because you will operate computers and technical equipment. You must be prepared to update your skills as new technology is introduced.  
 
An eye for detail is essential, and your colour vision may be tested. You will need patience and the ability to maintain concentration during long editing sessions. Accuracy is essential. You should have good analytical skills. You would also need good communication skills.  
 
An interest in all aspects of film and television is vital. It is important that you can work as part of a team with other production staff.


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Organisation: Irish Film Institute
Address: 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 679 5744
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