Cinema film editor - Salary and Career
Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

Cinema film editor - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They structure film and audiovisual media narratives, direct the capture and finalization of images, operating the cutting table (switcher) and instructing the positioning and/or framing of the image, editing images and audio and creating special effects, participating in the definition of the product and advising the post -production determining dubbing script, listing assembled plans and indicating sound editing procedures, supervise finalization, dubbing and film copy conformation.

How much does an Cinema film editor earn

A Cinema film editor earns between $1.243 and $3.401 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.816 and a median salary of $1.715 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 5.002 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Cinema film editor

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.816 21.795 454 8
1º Quartile 1.243 14.915 311 6
Median Salary 1.715 20.580 429 8
3º Quartile 2.594 31.124 648 12
Higher Salary 3.401 40.811 850 16

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in sound, scenography and projection equipment operation
        • technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

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Main workplaces

Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media they work in small, medium and large independent production companies, such as television networks, advertising film producers, etc. They work both in the private and public spheres, in this case in artistic foundations. They work irregular hours and closed environments, both individually and collectively, under occasional supervision, except for the audiovisual media editor who works at fixed hours, whether day or night. The work is carried out with a portfolio or on their own account, as in the case of audiovisual media editors, editors and finalists of cinema films. In some activities, they are exposed to intense noise and can work under pressure, leading them to a stressful situation.

What does it take to work in the field of Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

To carry out these activities, high school education and vocational courses are required, offered by professional training institutions. The full exercise of activities occurs after three or four years of experience, and for the Audiovisual Media Editor and Image Director (TV), it occurs after one or two years of experience.

Functions and activities of Cinema film editor

Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media must:

  • participate in the product definition;
  • advise post production;
  • participate in product definition;
  • direct image capture and finalization;
  • create special effects;
  • supervise finalization;
  • edit images and audio;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • structuring narratives for films and audiovisual media;
  • advise post-production;
  • structuring narratives of films and audiovisual media;
  • structuring film and audiovisual media narratives;
  • supervise finishing;
  • edit pictures and audio;

  • Activities

    • demonstrate visual acuity;
    • multiply images;
    • send recorded media to the quality department;
    • export audiovisual media;
    • cut audio;
    • participate in agenda discussion;
    • merge images;
    • apply software preset effects;
    • work as a team;
    • work as a team;
    • selecting images;
    • supervise film copy making;
    • list assembled plans;
    • fit graphic arts formats;
    • participate in material capture;
    • select direct sounds;
    • demonstrate discernment;
    • check first copy movie image quality;
    • mount song guide;
    • request image capture;
    • sound audiovisual media;
    • elaborate recorded content index;
    • apply filters;
    • create characters;
    • create framing and/or camera movements;
    • participate in the artistic formatting of the program;
    • make credits;
    • demonstrate flexibility;
    • crop images;
    • check camera axis;
    • freeze images;
    • rotate images/materials;
    • make decisions;
    • compose images;
    • define final cut of films and audiovisual media;
    • sequence audio;
    • speed up/slow down images;
    • make edit decision list;
    • provide dubbing maps;
    • check first copy movie sound timing;
    • determine dubbing script;
    • define visual effects;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • operate the cutting table (switcher);
    • check first copy movie sound quality;
    • add graphics;
    • demonstrate sensitivity;
    • list scenes for applying visual effects;
    • correct color, brightness and contrast;
    • arrange for sending materials for sound editing;
    • becoming aware of the raw material (music, photo, video, sound );
    • list assembled sound plans;
    • send assembled copy to laboratory;
    • put images/materials on the air;
    • review final edits;
    • relate script to raw material;
    • review final edits;
    • request separation of scenes for visual effects;
    • synchronize sound with picture;
    • demonstrate ability of aesthetic perception;
    • arrange material for trickery;
    • mount direct soundguide;
    • apply characters;
    • receive material collected from other sectors and areas;
    • orient footage for application of special effects;
    • create graphics;
    • allocate technical equipment according to program script;
    • insert credits;
    • control external image signals;
    • coordinate operational team;
    • ordering film and audiovisual media narratives;
    • monitor sound mixing;
    • mix audio;
    • invert images;
    • speed up/slow down images;
    • monitor sound editing;
    • mount movies and audiovisual media in editing system;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • capture images;
    • guide the capture of images for the application of special effects;
    • work under pressure;
    • propose definitions of narratives;
    • analyzing image and sound quality;
    • demonstrate critical sense;
    • manage time;
    • supervise dubbing;
    • treat audio;
    • coordinate editing assistant activities;
    • sequence images;
    • request available images on file;
    • demonstrate auditory acuity;
    • planning assistant editing activities;
    • check negative assembly;
    • indicate sound editing procedures;
    • modulating narrative times;
    • instruct image positioning and/or framing;
    • distort images;

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