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How to Become a Film and Video Editor

Bachelor's degree

Camera operators are typically responsible for reloading their camera equipment. Video and film editors along with camera operators usually require a bachelor's degree in a field related to broadcasting or film.

Education & Training

The majority of camera operator and editor positions need a bachelor's degree related to film or broadcasting. It is common for colleges to provide courses in video-editing software and in camera operation. Studies involve a mixture of practical training combined with film theory.

It is necessary that camera operators have an understanding of editing software and digital cameras since both are used on film sets. Many editors specialize in a specific kind of software; however, those starting out should ideally be familiar with numerous kinds.

Skills and Qualities that will Help

Communication Skills: Video editors and film operators need to communicate with various production team members including the director to make sure that a project is on target.

Computer Skills: Sophisticated editing software is utilized by video and film editors.

Creativity: Video and film editors along with camera operators ideally should be able to visualize what their editing or filming end result will look like from an audience point of view.

Detail Oriented: Editors review every frame of film to determine which items should be kept and which should be cut to create the best content.

Hand–Eye Coordination: It is important that camera operators can maintain a steady camera shot while bustling through the action.

Visual Skills: It is vital that camera operators can clearly see themselves what they are filming.