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Video Editing Assistant: Job Description & Career Info

Video editing assistants assist film editors and directors and accrue valuable experience that can help them move up to senior positions of their own. They work closely with the editor and director of a production, keeping track of all shots in a database and often editing some pictures themselves. Read further to learn more about the requirements and benefits of this occupation.

Career Definition for a Video Editing Assistant

Video editing assistants aid the editor and director in organizing, collecting and overseeing instructions while often doing some film editing themselves. A career as an assistant editor is seen as a stepping stone to becoming an editor and is in highest demand in places where films are made, like Los Angeles, California.

Education Degree in film and video editing recommended, but not required
Job Skills Final Cut pro, database management, knowledge of film and TV sets
Median Salary (2015)* $39,415 for entry-level video editors
Job Growth (2014-2024)** 18% for film and video editors

Source: *Payscale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

While there is no education necessarily required to become a video editing assistant, there are several degree programs in film and video editing that will help one's resume and chances of getting noticed. Students must take classes that will help them master computer programs like Final Cut Pro and become experienced in using Apple computers if they wish to stand out from the pack. Potential video editing assistants must also be comfortable with video and lighting equipment because they may be used in varying roles on a film set.

Skills Required

As well as being fluent in Apple computers and Final Cut pro, video editing assistants must be familiar with database management skills, which involves keeping track of all shots and coding them with numbers and timecode. Video editing assistants must also possess the skills to understand the working of a movie, television and commercial film set, since they may be asked to perform a job outside of the video editing specialty.

Career and Economic Outlook

Video editing assistants' salaries vary depending on the size of the project - the larger the project, the larger the budget. For comparison, the median annual salary for a video editor was $61,750 as of 2015, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov); assistants would have a lower salary than this. PayScale.com reported in January 2016 that entry-level video editors earned a median salary around $39,415, which would be closer to an assistant's earnings. Many video editing assistants see their position as a stepping stone to moving up the ladder and becoming full-time editor or, in some cases, director.

Alternate Career Options

Look into these other options for careers in video editing:

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technician

Often completing associate's degrees or postsecondary certificate programs including practical skills training, these techs then seek jobs where they will set up and operate electrical equipment for concerts, broadcasts, movies and sound recordings. The BLS projected average employment growth of 7% for these positions during the 2014-2024 decade and reported their annual median wages as $41,780 in 2015.

Camera Operator

Camera operators normally have a bachelor's degree in an area related to broadcasting or film, to secure positions recording video productions, organizing raw film footage, and collaborating with directors. They often have assistants, similar to the situation with editors. Slower than average job growth of 2% was anticipated by the BLS for these positions from 2014-2024. The annual median salary for camera operators was $49,080 in 2015.

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