July 5, 2015 Inbal Voitiz

How to Be a Professional Video Editor

As both the popularity of online videos as well as developments in the film industry continue to gain momentum, the demand for professional video editors is as hot as ever. Recent statistics show that nearly 25% of film editors are self-employed, and these days it’s easy and inexpensive to have all the tools you need to kickstart a budding career.

 If you’re interested in taking your interest or hobby to the professional level, read on to see what it takes to be a marketable video editor in today’s video making industry.

First, decide what type of editor you’d like to become.

Every video editor typically has his/her own expertise. Out of the numerous editing positions available to choose from, the most prevalent include the following:


Animation/graphic editors

This type of editing requires strengths in design (specifically motion design), as well as great technical know-how. Certain video projects—like animated features—are run entirely on computers in post-production, so you’ll likely be given a substantial amount of responsibilities on such projects.


Offline editors

Offline editors build the film’s narrative with raw footage, thus creating the progression and feel of the story. Offline editors have the task of viewing all of the film’s content, later trimming it down significantly to include the most important elements of the work.


Online editors

Online editors will get the cut from the offline editor, and work their magic from there. They don’t edit actual footage, but rather contribute additional features such as VFX, coloring, subtitles, etc. that will help finalize the video work at hand.

Choose the video software that suits you most.

 Many software options exist on the market to aid you in your video editing. Once you’ve chosen which type of editing work you’d like to pursue, it’ll be time to get acclimated with the right tools in your line of work:


PowToon is a free user-friendly animated video and presentation tool used by novices and professionals alike. Animation/graphic editors should also be accustomed with Flash by digital mainstay Adobe ($19.99/mo).


We’ve previously discussed the best editing softwares in this article. The two major non-linear editing options are Avid Media Composer, which is optimized for large files of varying media ($49.99-74.99/month to subscribe; $1,299 to purchase) and Adobe Premiere Pro, which includes enhanced organizational features as well as easily transferrable multi-project workflows ($19.99-29.99/month or $239.88/year to subscribe).


Industry standard Adobe After Effects is a great compliment to the Adobe creative package ($19.99/month to subscribe). NUKE by The Foundry also boasts streamlined workflows, high speed, and enhanced functionality ($350+/month for first-time users).

 Get schooled.

 Check out the following list for tutorials and specializations within the video editing industry:

Now you have all you need to chase your video editing dreams. We wish you the best of luck in your journey, and invite you to join LookAt for free to collaborate with your fellow team members on your works in progress.




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Inbal Voitiz Inbal Voitiz is Co-Founder of LookAt, where she is focused on producing the tools for video professionals, so that brilliant, inspiring beautiful videos will come to life.