Updated on 

September 9, 2021

How To Become A Video Editor

Are you interested in a career that involves creativity and technology? If yes, then becoming a video editor could be a good choice for you. You will need to know how to use editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro.

This is the first step when it comes to becoming a video editor- just knowing how to use these programs is not enough, however.

Many people can figure out how to press buttons at random on their computer to get words or pictures onto the screen; but if you really want this job, then there are some skills that you must possess to succeed in this career.


A video editor's job is all about taking footage and making it into something new. Editing can take hours of raw footage and make it into something that flows seamlessly. To do this, the editor has to be able to think creatively while looking at different pieces of footage.

Many people are good at creating things out of their own minds- but few can take a collection of random objects and turn them into something new and interesting.

If you want to be a successful video editor then you must be able to do both: your creativity skills must come from within yourself; however, you must also understand how certain shots need to go together for the finished product to look like anything other than a giant mess.

Technical Skills

Video editors work with technology every day. The software used for editing (like Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro) is very heavy on technology terms and you must learn them if you want to work in the industry.

This means that if you do not understand what something like "render" means, then you will never succeed as a video editor.

Also, you must be comfortable around computers.

Video editors spend much of their time working with footage (and therefore need to know how to use editing software), but they also spend a much smaller amount of their time actually sitting at their computer screens doing edits (meaning that the best video editors are those who can handle technical work quickly).

Love For Movies

Do not expect to become a successful video editor overnight (or even within months). If you think that all movie-makers are rich and famous, then think again.

Video editors have to work just as hard as everyone else on a movie or television set. You will be working for very little pay at first and only able to find small jobs that nobody else wants to do.

However, if you can handle this position then you will have a very rewarding career- perhaps even one day becoming the director of your own film!

Random Side Jobs

At some point in your career as a video editor, there is a good chance for you to pick up side jobs from friends and family members who need help editing their material.

This can be a great way to earn money and learn more about how to edit (and can lead to bigger jobs down the road).

However, it is important to not get too caught up in the excitement. Some people take these jobs way too seriously and think that they have created the next great movie- when in reality this is just a home movie for friends and family.

Invest In Your Education

If you really want to become an editor then you must learn how to use editing software.

This means that you either need to attend college with a Film degree or purchase your own equipment (which includes software) to practice at home.

Either way, if you invest enough time into learning the technology then you will be rewarded for this hard work down the line.

Most editors are very protective of their tools and do not allow others to use them- this means that you will need to know everything there is about using the tools if you ever want to get a job.

Be Prepared For A Slow Start

If you are not used to working with technology then do not expect to become an editor overnight. You must be able to work under pressure, learn new things quickly, and be creative within certain rules (meaning that creativity comes after understanding how different shots need to look together).

However, unlike many other jobs where one starts at the bottom of the totem pole and works their way up over time- being a video editor gives you very little room for error.

One mistake can cost thousands of dollars or ruin a day's worth of work so your supervisor will have to be able to trust you if you want to succeed.

Why This Is So Difficult

It is difficult to become a video editor for many reasons, but two are most important.

First, there are so many other college graduates who are willing to work their way up the ladder- meaning that you must be better than them to get an interview.

Second, being a video editor requires years of experience and almost no one starts at that position. You either must find someone who trusts your skills enough or knows that they need help with editing footage (and therefore hires somebody new).

However, this does not mean it is impossible because both of these things can be overcome by putting hard work into learning how to edit and practicing with every piece of footage that you get your hands on.

The position of video editor can be very rewarding if you are creative, technically capable, and interested in movies; however, it does take a lot of time to become an expert at this job.

You will need to know how to use editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro (and also understand the technical terms that go along with these programs); you must also have creativity while knowing what pieces of footage go together; finally, you do not necessarily need to love all films, but it helps if you are passionate about them.

If you can juggle all of these qualities then becoming a video editor may be right for you!

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