Job Description

 Video or film editor is responsible for assembling recorded raw material into a finished product suitable for broadcasting. The material may consist of camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects.

This is a key role in the post-production process and the editor's skill can determine the quality and delivery of the final product. The editor may be part of a team and they will usually work closely with the director to achieve the desired end result.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • receiving a brief, and maybe an outline of footage and/or a shot list, script, or screenplay;
  • digitally cutting the files to put together the sequence of the film and deciding what is 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 tweaking the content to ensure the logical sequencing and smooth running of the video/film.
  • 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 synchronising and storing them into files on the computer;
  • overseeing the quality and progress of audio and video engineering and editing;
  • familiarising yourself with the style of specific directors;
  • experimenting with styles and techniques including the design of graphic elements;
  • consulting with the director, producer and/or client throughout the post-production process;
  • selecting the most effective shot of a scene in terms of drama, story relevance or continuity;
  • writing voiceover/commentary;
  • suggesting or selecting music;
  • if freelancing, negotiating rates of pay and conditions, managing business affairs, and/or liaising with an agent.



1 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.