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Old November 28th, 2003, 02:16 PM   #1
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DV Editing Career ?

Hello. I'm doing a project on digital video editing (mostly about PC NLE software). But I had a few questions about the career path and what it entails. Any information is appreciated.


1) What kind of path do u take to in order gain experience with non-linear editing? (EX: Internships)

2) Does a film degree help?

3) What kind of editing jobs do you take on? Do you contract out your services or do you work for a company?

4) Do companies prefer editors with PC NLE experience? (EX: Do they like Avid Media Composer over Final Cut Pro)

5) What’s your favorite color? ( hehehe... I always ask this question when I meet people :D)

Any help is appreciated and thanks for your time. Have a great holiday.

Cheers mate!

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Old November 28th, 2003, 07:55 PM   #2
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Probably one of the better sources for information would be the film schools. Usually found in the major metro areas. Easy to find on the Web.

Unless you are unusually gifted, studying film making is a good path on which to start.

Anybody can read the owners manual and edit something. Great editing takes study and experience and feedback from people who know all about it.

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Old November 30th, 2003, 09:05 PM   #3
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I've gained all my knowledge the practical way. I don't have a film degree (although I'd like one), and I take jobs doing indie films and my own films to get more experience. I like to think that I do a pretty good job, although I'm sure that I could be doing things differently that I haven't learned yet.

I don't know if this helps you at all. :)

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Old November 30th, 2003, 10:21 PM   #4
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I don't have answers for you, but browsing through the site of the American Cinema Editors, the trade organization for editors (A.C.E.), may provide you with some tips.
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Old November 30th, 2003, 10:39 PM   #5
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Re: film school, several good posts have been made on this subject that you'll find with a quick search.
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Old December 2nd, 2003, 07:32 PM   #6
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Thanks 4 the feed back. I appreciate it.

Cheers mate!

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Old December 2nd, 2003, 08:00 PM   #7
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1) Started out in production(floor crew) for local affiliate. Had experience editing at home, at school and as volunteer. Eventually moved to tape-op, then technical director, a couple other jobs then writer/producer, but I edited most of my own spots.

2) Definetly helps, but not necessary. My degree is in Journalism, but anyone at school could volunteer for the school station. If you don't study RTF you need to read and study on your own. And when you land a job, hang with the guys who are obviously good and learn from them.

3)I edit full time for the local PBS affiliate. I volunteer for things, if I can make time. I make a little side money editing occasional corporate pieces or weddings.

4)Companies almost always ask for experience on the gear they own; So this is still predominantly Avid. Final Cut has broken into many of the small shops. Sometimes you will see job listings asking for premiere, media 100, or Sphereous. Despite the job listing, most production managers know that if you have experience on a couple of different NLEs you will be able to learn theirs quickly. BUT almost all companies want editors to be good with photoshop and After-Effects.

5)Gray-Blue or Brittish Racing Green.

Good luck on your project, feel free to email me if you need anything else.

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Old December 3rd, 2003, 05:44 AM   #8
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1) I was a graphic artist doing sales for an entertainment website, and volunteered to edit the video. After a while, I became the chief graphics artist there, and made a whopping $10 per video.

2) I wouldn't know I don't have one, and in this area, I don't think it would count for much. But it would look impressive on the wall, next to my A.S. in Graphic Arts.

3) Having left the entertainment website, due to lack of work or money, I started on my own. Events and music videos are my prefference, and avoiding weddings at all costs. In the coming Spring, I plan to produce a feature length movie.

4) The few companies I have seen doing any hiring, seem to expect experience with Final Cut and After Effects, Avid at the very least. I learned with Premiere, and will stick with it for the time being.

5) Fade to BLACK
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