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Film / Video Editing

Film/video editor

  • Film editors work with the sound editors and music directors when the film is almost done. After graduation, the editors work in the production area for little money.

  • Film editing is described as an art or skill. The only art that is exclusive to the cinema. It separates film-making from other art forms that precede it. However, there are parallels to the editing in other art forms such as poetry and novel writing. At its most basic level, film editing is the Art, Technology, and Practice of putting together recordings into a coherent sequence.

  • Production companies invest millions in a project. They want to protect their investment and maximize sales. In films like Harry Potter and Star Wars, studios want to excite the audience and avoid spoilers. Thus, film editors deal with important topics and maintain secrecy about the content. 

What Film/video editors do?

The editor is much more involved in the production process than most people think. The task of an editor is to

  • Initiate the script and meet with the director to understand the vision of the project.

  • Work with sound and music directors on the audio elements added to the film.

  • Check the added elements and prepare a rough cut that the director and producer can view.

  • The task of an editor is not simply to put together pieces of film, cut off film templates or edit dialogue scenes

  • Editing a feature on a large budget usually begins as soon as movie recording begins. An editor edits the rushes and puts together scenes that the director and the producer can see. Often, the crew decides that extra footage provides more editing options.

  • The editor works with the raw footage, selects the pictures and combines them into sequences from which a finished film is created.

  • Sound and visual editors deal with the practical aspects under the direction of the image editor and the director. However, digital systems have increasingly transferred this responsibility to the image editor.

  • For budget films, it is common for the editor to sometimes insert temporary music, mimic visual effects, and add temporary sound effects or other sound replacement elements.

How to become a film editor?

Below are some links which will give you a better idea of how to become a film editor.


  • A bachelor's degree in film production is the minimum educational requirement for entering into the workforce as a video editor.

  • However, some students continue their studies at the graduate level and complete a master's degree program in film production, which increases employment prospects. 

Top institutes offering film/video editing course in India

  • Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

  • Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata

  • Whistling Woods International, Mumbai

  • Center for Research in Art of Film and Television, Delhi

  • Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida 

What is the scope?

Indian produces the maximum number of films in a year. The film industry starts from Bollywood to the regional cinema. There is no dearth of opportunities for a film editor.

Moreover, you can join the burgeoning tv industry, entertainment media industry as well as electronic media, news channels, etc.

You can join government/private pr organisations.

How much a Film/video editor makes in India?

  • Average Salary for a Film / Video Editor in India is Rs 307,699/yr

  • The average salary of a Film / Video Editor with less than 1 year of experience is Rs 228,000/yr

  • The average salary of a Film / Video Editor 1-4 years of experience is Rs 298,430/yr

  • At Senior level (5-9 years of experience) Film / Video Editor in India makes Rs 494,441/yr

  • And with 10-19 years of experience, a Film / Video Editor in India makes Rs 605,048/yr

Top Recruiters

  • Kyro Digital

  • Creative

  • BluBlu Studios

  • Video Explainers

  • SociallyIn

  • VeracityColab

  • Sparkhouse

  • Rip Media Group

  • SeeResponse

  • Contenteams Media LLP

  • WebPlanet Inc

  • Visual Juju

  • Bo&Mitchi

  • SearchMantra

  • Lotus Tech

  • Transpixel Studi

Interesting Facts

Auteurist film directors,  for example, Akira Kurosawa, Bahram Beyzai and the Coen brothers edit their own films.