Film or Videotape Editor

Edit motion picture films, video tapes, and sound tracks.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$26,000 – $112,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Film or Videotape Editors do?

Edits motion picture film, television or cable television video tape, and sound tracks: Evaluates and selects scenes in terms of dramatic and entertainment value and story continuity. Trims film segments to specified lengths and reassembles segments in sequence that presents story with maximum effect, or edits video tape, using editing equipment. Reviews assembled film or edited video tape on screen or monitor and makes corrections. Confers with supervisory personnel and others concerning filming of scenes. May specialize in particular field of film or video editing, such as feature, news, sound, sound effects, or music.


Should I be a Film or Videotape Editor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: News Videotape Editor, Video Tape Duplicator, Video Tape Editor, Video Tape Transferrer

    How to become a Film or Videotape Editor

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