Media

Video editor

Video editors bring together images and sound for use in film, TV and online.

Annual Salary

£18,000 to £45,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

Variable

3%
Future employment

There will be 3% more Video editor jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You’ll be part of a post-production team working with material recorded by camera and sound crews, and will add any extra effects. 

You’ll work on projects like films, TV programmes, corporate videos, commercials and music videos.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • agreeing a finished ‘look’ for the final footage
  • transferring film or video footage
  • using editing software
  • keeping a clear idea of the storyline
  • creating a 'rough cut'
  • digitally improving picture quality
  • creating DVDs or formatting footage to view online

University

You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma, degree or postgraduate course in:

  • film and television studies
  • media production
  • film and media

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

College

A college qualification could help you to get practical skills like using editing equipment and software. The most useful courses include work placements and the chance to build contacts in the industry. Courses include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media Production
  • Level 4 Higher National Certificate or Diploma in Creative Media Production

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course
  • 1 or 2 A levels for a higher national certificate or diploma

Apprenticeship

You can get started in this job through a broadcast production assistant advanced apprenticeship. One of the specialisms you can do is editing and post-production.

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

Other Routes

There are no set entry requirements, but experience is highly valued and can give you a taste of what it's like to work in the industry. You’ll usually need experience of editing software like Final Cut Pro, Media Composer or Premiere Pro.

You could:

  • do paid or unpaid work experience at a production company or edit suite
  • create and edit student, charitable or community film productions
  • move into video editing from an entry level role like TV production runner

A ‘showreel' or online profile of productions you’ve worked on would be helpful.

It might help you get in if you do an HND, foundation degree, degree or postgraduate course in film and television studies, or film, video and media production.

You can search for film and TV companies to approach for experience through media business listing services like PACT and The Knowledge.

You may be able to get training through one of the new entrant training schemes that broadcasters and film bodies offer, for example:

You could also take short courses in video editing run by film schools, regional screen agencies and private training providers.

£18,000 to £45,000

Starter salary: £18,000

Experienced salary: £20,000 to £35,000

You could work freelance, and be paid a fee for each contract.

The Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) has information on current pay guidelines.

These figures are a guide.

Variable

Your hours will depend on the production you’re working on. You may work standard office hours or shifts.

You’ll need to be flexible and work at short notice if necessary. 

You may also work much longer hours, in some cases up to 60 hours a week, to meet project deadlines.

You’ll work in studios and editing suites. You’ll spend long periods on a computer.

Once established, you might use an agent to find work and negotiate your fees.

You could set up your own company.

You can find out more about careers in editing from ScreenSkills.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • a good sense of timing and visual awareness
  • a mixture of practical and creative skills
  • a high level of attention to detail
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • patience and concentration
  • IT skills
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