Do you want to work as an animal video editor?
- Read about the most important info you need to decide on following this career.
- Follow the 7 points below and search for a tertiary institution near you for future studies. If you already are graduated, you may also search through our list of Jobs in the main menu.
- If you want to PLAN the way you need to prepare, then join our community in step 8 where you will learn everything, while chatting with other potential editors and experts from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!
UPDATED: 12 October 2020
1. What is an animal video editor?
A Video Editor takes raw footage and transforms it into a proper video or film, suitable to watch online, on mobile or even in cinemas. An Animal Video Editor works primarily within the animal documentary or film environment.
Also known as:
- Film Editor
Video editors are a part of the creative crew in producing wildlife films or documentaries. Other kinds of crews are the technical and research crews, which are discussed separately.
2. What do they do?
Category – Media / Education / Marine Conservation / Wildlife Conservation
Video editors use software and special hardware to manipulate images and sound for use in film, TV and online productions.
- Discuss brief with clients, filmmakers, camera operators and producers
- Develop a storyboard or storyline
- Load original sound and video into editing software
- Digitally cut and edit film to required length
- Presentation to clients of work done
- Create and add new work to a portfolio
- Administration and filing
Where they work:
Video Editors normally work indoors in a studio or office setup. They do also spend some time in the outdoors, studying the animals they work with.
Places of Employment –
Most Animal Video Editors work privately, under contract for various clients. They can also be employed by TV and film production houses, documentary producers, conservation groups, government and website designers.
As most video editors are self employed, their income is based on obtaining contracts. On average the income per year is around $55,000. This will differ from country to country.
The most difficult part is always to get your work seen by future clients. They may work long hours and over weekends and holidays to finish work within tight deadlines.
Future growth and Possibilities:
The current growth within the industry is extremely good, with an average yearly growth of 14%. Editing videos for online use, especially in shorter formats to fit social media platforms, is in great demand.
3. Which Skills are required?
The skills required for a career as an animal video editor can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Decision making
- Problem Solving
- Effective communication
- Interpersonal relationship
- Good business knowledge
- Basic video and sound recording skills
- Basic customer service skills
- Good health and physical fitness
- Excellent computer literacy (editing software)
4. Which Subjects must I have at School?
Information Technology will be a necessary subject at High School to help you understand the use and need of software in editing videos. This subject can be replaced by a photography, or even a good art class, if they are geared towards the practical side of filming and editing.
The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.
OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!
5. What will I need to Study?
To become an Animal Video Editor doesn’t necessarily require formal training, but many do go on to study a College Diploma or even a Bachelor’s Degree.
subjects like film and television studies, media production, or film and media.
Short Courses –
In operating video editing equipment and software.
The duration of College and Bachelor’s Degrees can be up to 3 or 4 years. Short Courses are usually between a few weeks and a year.
Possible Career Preparation Paths:
If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.
Why is planning important?
To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.
Possible Combined Career Paths:
It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.
Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):
Stepping Stone Career:
Being an Animal Video Editor can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).
You can begin as an intern after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.
Some of the possible paths:
Training and apprenticeship:
Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as an Animal Video Editor will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.
In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.
Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn skills from a more senior editor or expert.
Join the Animal Video Editors Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!
Average level of education of all the people who enter the career:
6. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations
Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.
Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.
Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in STEP 8.
7. Where can I study further?
All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.
See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards editing.
8. Join the OZT community
Join us as a special member and learn more about becoming an animal video editor.
Members of the Platform have special access to:
- Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
- Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
- Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
- Make friends around the world and share knowledge
- Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!
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