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Video Editing

Video Editing, is an interesting career for creative people in the media and entertainment industry. The entire process of making art, aesthetic in the visual media, lies in the technique of editing. Video editing is the process of re-arranging or modifying segments of video from one or more video tapes to form a refined and final piece of video. Video editing plays a key role in the post production process. The main task of the video editor is to edit soundtracks, film and video for the motion picture, cable and broadcast visual media industries. It is the video editors skill that determines the quality and delivery of the final product. Video Editing is classified as Linear Editing (Tape to tape), and Non-linear editing or Digital Video Editing. Digital video editing uses computer technology to enable the editing process onscreen. Linear editing involves copying just the required portions of a film from one tape to another. Any changes or additions needed could be made only by copying the edited content onto another tape, causing undesirable degradation of images. In Non- linear editing, video and audio data are first captured to hard disks or any other digital storage device and then edited on the computer using any of the wide range of software's available for editing. Here data can be edited and subsequent changes made without duplicating the actual film data. It is quicker, less expensive, more flexible and saves time and money when compared to the traditional way of editing. Due to all these features and the introduction of new technologies in digital video editing, it is fast replacing the traditional or linear editing. Video editors are in great demand with the advent of streaming videos and movie clips in websites. As this field is becoming highly competitive, video editors can expect keen competition for job openings. The increased popularity of online video clips has also produced a large increase in video editing activity by internet users. Eligibility The field of video editing is open to all and there is no formal educational qualification required. To pursue a career in Digital video editing, one must have training in the computer systems and programs used in digital video editing. For doing specialised courses in reputed institutes, candidates must possess the qualification prescribed by the respective institutes/ colleges. Digital video editors often have a bachelor's or master's degree in animation or media arts. A course in video editing will help the candidates to understand and learn the overall concept of editing and the way they relate to each other. The candidates are prepared through systematic training, to handle the ever-changing tools used within the process of video editing. They are trained to work with professional grade linear and non-linear editing equipment. Theoretical instructions, practical exercises and the post-production work of television programmes have been designed to impart knowledge and skills adequate measure. The basics of video editing remains unchanged no matter which equipment is used. Video editors usually acquire their skills through on-the-job training or formal training at various institutes. However, experience is the best training in this field. In addition, they must be able to demonstrate their skill with appropriate editing software packages. Digital video editing uses video editing software's from very basic applications such as Windows Movie Maker to professional packages such as Final Cut Pro, ULead MediaStudio, Avid's Media Composer, Xpress Pro, Adobe Premiere etc. Good editing software is expensive and often requires a high-priced computer to run effectively. Editing software controls the capturing (recording) of the footage, provides a way to edit the footage, and allows the finished product to be output to a recording device. Personal skills - Video editor has to have a high level of self-motivation, commitment and dedication to work. Creativity is the main factor for the success of a video editor. They need to have a keen eye for detail, a critical mind, the ability to listen to others and to work well as part of a team. Imagination and technical skills are essential. General computer literacy and an aptitude for working with digital equipment to achieve results are also important. They should also have a general knowledge of cameras and digital camera technology. The video editors must always be alert and updated with their skills, as new and advanced technologies as invented day by day.

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