Film and Video Editor

Job Description

As a film or video editor, you will be responsible for assembling recorded raw material into a finished product that's suitable for broadcasting. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects. This is a key role in the post-production process and your skills can determine the quality and delivery of the final product. You'll usually work closely with the director to achieve the desired end result.

The Job Scope

  • Receiving a brief or an outline of footage, short list, script, or screenplay
  • Assembling all raw footage, with camera shots either recorded or transferred onto video tape in preparation for inputting into the computer
  • Inputting uncut rushes and sound, and synchronizing and storing them into files on the computer
  • Digitally cutting files to put together the sequence of the film and deciding what's usable
  • Creating a 'rough cut' (or assembly edit) of the programme/film and determining the exact cutting for the next and final stages
  • Reordering and fine-tuning the content to ensure the logical sequencing and smooth running of the film/video.

Skills Required

A keen eye for detail and a critical mind

Creativity and a passionate interest in film and video editing

Patience and concentration

The ability to listen to others and to work well as part of a team

A high level of self-motivation, commitment and dedication

Organizational and time management skills

The ability to work under pressure and to deadlines

Communication skills, both written and oral.

Academic Requirement

Film and Video Editor

  • SPM / O-Level
    Minimum of 5 credits
  • AND
  • Pre-University Qualification

    A-Level: Minimum of 2 principal passes

  • STPM: Minimum CGPA of 2.0

    Australian Matriculation: Minimum of ATAR 60

    Canadian Pre-University: At least an average of 60%

Salary Range

    An entry-level Film / Video Editor with less than 1-year experience can expect to earn total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of RM 2,327 a month.
    An early career Film / Video Editor with 1-4 years of experience can earn up to RM 3,500 a month.
    A mid-career Film / Video Editor with 5-9 years of experience earns around RM5,000 a month.