By Vedika Saini
When was the last time you watched a movie? And when was the last time you got moved by it, or felt inspired by the amazing emotional or fight scenes? Of course, the actors and directors have a huge contribution in the movie, but a video editor is the one who makes it all blend and fit together. A video editor can turn an ordinary video into a video that tells a story. They are the backbone of almost every media related industry.Video editing is a great career for those who have a creative and imaginative flair, are tech savvy and have a good eye for detail.
Video editing doesn’t usually require a degree. All one needs is how to operate video editing programs and have an interest in it. Learning video editing is not quite as difficult as one assumes. It doesn’t take long to get yourself familiarised with the world of editing. Although there are a variety of apps and software available for editing, one should invest in paid softwares. Only trait required is passion for this particular work.
If you are editing for leisure, you can always use free apps for making quick and easy edits. However, for those seeking a job in video editing should invest in a paid platform for editing, learning and honing your skills. Also, paid platforms do offer free trials if you are unsure of what to purchase. There is a wide gap between free platforms and paid platforms when it comes to the tools offered for crafting your videos. Softwares like Adobe Creative Cloud not only has a huge plethora of tools which help you redefine your footage in every way possible, it also has a wide variety of apps and software to choose from for motion effects, quick edits or in-depth editing.
Market demand of video editors
In today’s world, everything is surrounded by technology, thus there is a large need for video editors everywhere. There are a lot of career opportunities one can choose from. Some of them are to edit for: YouTube, apps like TikTok, Instagram, social media influencers, advertisements, event videography editing, short film editing, media houses, tv channels, etc. Most editors begin as editing assistants to senior editors working in production houses or broadcasting. There are huge demand in media houses, political parties and advertisement field. There is no dearth of work for a innovative editors.
Ways to popularity
One can also work as a freelancer. It gives you the opportunity to work from home under your own rules. You can choose your projects and work on as many projects you wish to work on. You should collect and post your best works on your own website or YouTube channel as it will help gather not only possible clients but an audience that can recommend you to their friends or family members.
YouTube is one of the easiest ways to post and advertise your edits. Moreover, if you pass a certain number of views, subscribers and hours your videos have been watched, you can monetize your work and start earning through it.
The salary in this field is influenced by market factors. However, for someone who has recently started the career in video editing can earn from 10,000 rupees to 15,000 rupees per month. After a few years of experience in the field, you can earn a salary of 44 lakh rupees per annum on an average if you bag a job in industries like motion picture industries. Besides, you can earn extra pocket money through freelancing and you can charge money on an hourly basis.
Thus, to sum up, if you love to express yourself, create new stories and capturing the world, video editing might be a good career option for you. It offers a respectable salary, has many job prospects and offers intellectual satisfaction too.