Video editor

Alternative titles for this job include Film editor

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

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays flexibly

How to become a Video editor

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • working towards this role


You can study toward a foundation degree, higher national diploma, degree or postgraduate course in a subject like:

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

Entry requirements

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

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A college qualification could help you to get practical skills like using editing equipment and software. You could study towards a course in film, video or media production. 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

Entry requirements

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

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Employers often value technical skills and personal qualities, like patience and creativity, more than formal qualifications. It's common to move into video editing in film or TV from an entry level role like a TV production runner.

Volunteering and experience

Experience is highly valued and can give you a taste of what it's like to work in the industry. It could also help you to get practical skills. Getting experience is also a great way to meet new people and make contacts with people who already work in the industry. Not all jobs are advertised, so your contacts could help you find longer term paid work later on.

You could get relevant experience from:

  • editing student or community film productions
  • working for an editing equipment hire company
  • creating and editing films for charitable organisations
  • work experience as a runner in an editing facilities company

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Career tips

As you get experience, you could make a 'showreel' DVD or online profile of productions you have worked on, to demonstrate your skills to employers when looking for work.

Further information

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

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of media production and communication
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work at a tv studio or at a film studio.

Career path and progression

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

You could set up your own company.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Video editor right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Video Foundation Degree

  • Start date: 24 September 2019
  • Location: Leicester

Photography with Video Foundation Degree

  • Start date: 26 September 2019
  • Location: Leicester

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