CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Film and Video Editors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Film and Video Editors
Summary Job Description Tasks
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images. Cut shot sequences to different angles at specific points in scenes, making each individual cut as fluid and seamless as possible.
Study scripts to become familiar with production concepts and requirements.
Edit films and videotapes to insert music, dialogue, and sound effects, to arrange films into sequences, and to correct errors, using editing equipment.
Select and combine the most effective shots of each scene to form a logical and smoothly running story.
Mark frames where a particular shot or piece of sound is to begin or end.
Determine the specific audio and visual effects and music necessary to complete films.
Verify key numbers and time codes on materials.
Organize and string together raw footage into a continuous whole according to scripts or the instructions of directors and producers.
Review assembled films or edited videotapes on screens or monitors to determine if corrections are necessary.
Program computerized graphic effects.
Review footage sequence by sequence to become familiar with it before assembling it into a final product.
Set up and operate computer editing systems, electronic titling systems, video switching equipment, and digital video effects units to produce a final product.
Record needed sounds, or obtain them from sound effects libraries.
Confer with producers and directors concerning layout or editing approaches needed to increase dramatic or entertainment value of productions.
Manipulate plot, score, sound, and graphics to make the parts into a continuous whole, working closely with people in audio, visual, music, optical or special effects departments.
Supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in film editing, assembling, and recording activities.
Trim film segments to specified lengths, and reassemble segments in sequences that present stories with maximum effect.
Develop post-production models for films.
Piece sounds together to develop film soundtracks.
Conduct film screenings for directors and members of production staffs.
Collaborate with music editors to select appropriate passages of music and develop production scores.
Discuss the sound requirements of pictures with sound effects editors.
Estimate how long audiences watching comedies will laugh at each gag line or situation, to space scenes appropriately.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Film and Video Editors
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Film and Video Editors
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Film and Video Editors
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Film and Video Editors
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Suite software Development environment software
Adobe Systems Adobe Director Video creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player Web page creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro software Video creation and editing software
Apple DVD Studio Pro Video creation and editing software
Apple Final Cut Pro Video creation and editing software
Apple QuickTime Video creation and editing software
Apple Xsan Filesystem software
Asynchronous JavaScript and XML AJAX Web platform development software
Autodesk Maya for Design Visualization Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk Smoke Video creation and editing software
Avid Digidesign Pro Tools Music or sound editing software
Avid software Video creation and editing software
Boris FX Continuum Complete Video creation and editing software
Brightcove Web page creation and editing software
Cascading Style Sheets CSS Web platform development software
Extensible markup language XML Enterprise application integration software
Google Video Web page creation and editing software
Hypertext markup language HTML Web platform development software
JavaScript Web platform development software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
RSS Web platform development software
Sorenson Media Sorenson Squeeze Video creation and editing software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Windows Media Services Video creation and editing software
Audio patch bays Media control systems
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital video disk DVD recorders Digital video disk players or recorders
Digital video editing systems Video editors
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Network routers Network routers
Personal computers Personal computers
Video patch bays Media control systems Video streaming system
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Film and Video Editors
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Film and Video Editors
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assistant Film Editor
Associate Producer
Commercial Producer
Cue Selector
Digital Editor
Electronic News Gathering Editor (ENG Editor)
Film Editor
Film Editor Supervisor
Film or Videotape Editor
Graphic Artist
Graphic Engineer
Movie Editor
Multimedia Artist
News Editor
News Video Editor
News Videotape Editor
Non-Linear Editor
Offline Editor
Online Editor
Optical Effects Layout Person
Production Manager
Sound Cutter
Special Effects Designer
Supervising Film or Videotape Editor
Tape Editor
Television News Video Editor
Television Producer
Video Editor
Video Effects Editor
Video News Editor
Video Tape Duplicator
Video Tape Editor
Video Tape Transferrer
Visual Effects Editor (VFX Editor)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Film and Video Editors
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