Video finisher - Salary and Career
Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

Video finisher - 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 Video finisher earn

A Video finisher earns between $1.311 and $7.844 per month, with an average monthly salary of $3.136 and a median salary of $2.526 according to an Averwage.com 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 294 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Video finisher

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 3.136 37.633 784 15
1º Quartile 1.311 15.731 328 6
Median Salary 2.526 30.307 631 12
3º Quartile 5.982 71.785 1.496 29
Higher Salary 7.844 94.127 1.961 38


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 Video finisher

Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Video finisher the most in the job market

    • open television activities
    • temporary labor lease
    • advertising agencies
    • radio activities
    • data processing, application service providers and internet hosting services
    • movie, video and television program production activities
    • production of films for advertising
    • development and licensing of customizable computer programs
    • professional and management development training
    • development and licensing of non-customizable computer programs




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