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Video Editor Overview

Job Description

A freelance Video Editor is responsible for editing and assembling recorded footage into a finished product that aligns with the client's vision and requirements. They work closely with clients and production teams to understand the project goals, creative concept, and desired outcomes. In addition to editing raw footage, they may also be involved in tasks such as audio editing, color correction, adding graphics or special effects, and ensuring the final product is of high quality and meets established timelines. Freelance Video Editors typically work independently and manage their own equipment, software, and workspaces, while effectively communicating and collaborating with clients and stakeholders.

Most Common Skills

Adobe After Effects, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Adobe Premiere Pro - For more data, check Video Editor skills.

Average Hourly Rate

$71 - This number comes from our open-source Video Editor hourly rates database.

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Fun Facts

  • A video editor can spend hours editing just a few seconds of footage.
  • The first video editing software was invented in 1981 and was called the Video Toaster.
  • The first video editing software was created in the 1980s.


  • "Video editors: turning jumbled clips into movie magic, one cut at a time."
  • "Video editing is the art of transforming moments into masterpieces, where every cut and transition breathes life into the story being told."
  • "Video editors have the power to make you believe that actors can fly, dinosaurs can roam the earth, and cats can play pianos. Not all superheroes wear capes, some just sit behind a computer and work their editing magic!"

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