July 28, 2017, 3:20 p.m.


By Nsim Team


If you want to become a video editor, you first need to determine if this career path is a good fit for you. If the following skill traits sounds like you, then you’re probably well suited for a career as a video editor.


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.

Active Learning -- Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Coordination -- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Troubleshooting -- Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Equipment Selection -- Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Time Management -- Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Speaking -- Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Operation and Control -- Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Monitoring -- Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Critical Thinking -- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making -- Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Learning Strategies -- Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Reading Comprehension -- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness -- Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Persuasion -- Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.



A video editor is the professional responsible for editing the raw footage shot during the making of a movie. Before the increased use of more modern digital video cameras, movie footage was shot on real strips of film. Video editors had to physically cut and splice certain scenes together. Today, however, the majority of video editing work is done with digital footage and computers.
A video editor will usually sit down with the director, and sometimes the producer, and watch hours and hours of raw footage. Together, they will then decide which scenes should be kept and which ones should be deleted. Some shots are deleted for obvious reasons, but others may be deleted, simply because the director didn’t like the camera angle.
Once all of the final footage has been chosen and melded together, a video editor will then often work with a sound effect editor. Together, they will digitally insert sounds into a movie at just the right moments. The timing has to be perfect during this part of post production, however, since if a sound is just a second or two late, it can ruin the entire effect.



A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in film studies or production is usually necessary in order to start a successful video editing career. While earning these degrees, many students also opt to participate in internships, which allow them to work alongside experienced video editors.
Bachelor’s degrees will usually be good enough to secure an entry level position as a video editor’s assistant. Many aspiring video editors, however, will often go on to earn master’s degrees in video or film editing.
Traditional universities will sometimes offer these types of degree programs, but aspiring video editors may want to look into art schools or film schools instead. These types of schools will often be able to offer more specialized training.



You will need to have:

• 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;
• organisational and time management skills;
• the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines;
• communication skills, both written and oral.


Film and video editors are employed by:
• animation companies;
• broadcast companies;
• film companies;
• independent production companies;
• post-production companies/facilities;
• video/computer games companies.
Some post-production companies and larger independent companies offer long-term contracts and employ a few editors in-house. Broadcast and film companies employ their own editors but they all use freelancers on a regular basis, with some companies only using freelance editors.
The television industry is increasingly project-based, and as a result, there has been a rise in the amount of freelance staff employed at all levels. You may apply for freelance opportunities to build a portfolio of work and accompanying reputation. Send speculative applications, which detail your specific skills, to as many production companies and post-production houses as possible.

Here’s a chance for one and all to be independent and work ahead to lead your institution’s bright future

Nsim is expanding its network to give affiliations for the institutes those are willing to provide classes/training for video editing in different part of the country. Interested institutes and the aspirants for the course can register in the provided link.



We hopefully invites institutions that are well known for their services in video editing sectors to act as an umbrella to mobilize candidates of your locality. Those institutions who are interested in forming  affilation with Nsim are whole heartedly WELCOME !!!




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