Video editing opens numerous career options in media industry. Explore more about the career opportunities, courses, and education for video editors in India.

Careers in Video Editing

Video editing is all about selecting and rearranging fragments of video/footage collected from various sources in order to construct a meaningful visual. An important element of post-production work in electronic media, video editing has speedily emerged as a lucrative career option, due to the increasing popularity of the audio-visual media. Production houses and news channels are now on a hunt for highly skilled video editors, who can give meaning to the episodes and news items produced by them. The aesthetic beauty of the final product depends on the talent and proficiency of a video editor. A video editor should be a self-motivated person, since this position demands lots of patience and dedication towards work. He/She should be a visionary, technically skilled, and possess a logical and critical mind, who can revise his/her knowledge constantly. He/She should be able to visualize the ideas running, hither and thither, in the mind of the producer/director of the show.

Course Details
Video editing requires technical training. Only a person with sound knowledge of video editing software can pursue a career in this field. Numerous institutions conduct diploma and certificate courses to train young aspirants. The courses are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Any person, who has an inclination towards working on computers and is capable of handling digital equipments, can think of a career in video editing. Generally, the curriculum of such programs provides detailed knowledge of software like Final Cut Pro, U Lead Media Studio, Avid's Media Composer, Xpress Pro, Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas Pro, Blender etc. which are extensively used in video editing.

Career Prospects
Numerous film and TV production studios, web designing companies, news channels, advertising houses, and multimedia companies hire video editors. The emergence of video and movie clips on websites has widened the scope of video editors in cyber media as well, where they can earn handsome salaries on part-time jobs. Also, a number of organizations recruit video editors on short-term contract basis and full-time employment basis, depending upon the choice of the candidates.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Due to the demand of good video editors, many institutions have now started imparting technical education of high standards in this field. Many several institutions offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in mass communication have included video editing as part of their syllabus. Few such institutions that can be approached for pursuing a course in video editing are Fortune Institute of Communication and Television, Delhi; Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi; Bihar Institute of Film and Television, Patna; Film & Television Institute of India, Pune; Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata; Framework Academy of Cinema & Television, Pune; Asian Academy of Film & Television, Noida; and Whistling Woods Institute, Mumbai.

Beginners can expect a salary ranging between Rs. 7000 and Rs. 10,000 per month. Experience can bring a subsequent hike in the salary. Freelance video editors are paid on per hour basis.

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