The day-to-day tasks performed by editor involve a high level of technical expertise and attention to detail.
Professionals are required to have extensive working knowledge of sophisticated editing software, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro or Premier, in order to digitize or import audio and video footage. They must also organize footage in a way that conveys the intended message to target audiences. Editor will also responsible for mastering finished products in time and archiving existing projects to ensure that sufficient resources exist to allow for new projects.
Editor could also be expected to develop titles and motion graphics using software programs, such as CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, Inpage and After Effects. Additionally, editor need to have strong communication skills, since they often work closely with clients and other production personnel, such as audio engineers, production coordinators and lead editors.
In some cases, junior editors might be required to shoot their own footage or assist with other tasks, such as dubbing video masters, writing scripts or creating audio recordings.