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Video Editor
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 16 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I'm looking for a video editor to work on multiple video projects each month crafting final videos for our clients at FLVR Creative.…

Video Editor Adobe After Effects Video Commercial Adobe Premiere Pro Audio Editing Color Grading Film Corporate Video
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Faceless YouTube Video Creator
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 16 hours ago

not_sure
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a skilled and creative video creator to produce a faceless YouTube video for us. The video should be engaging, visua…

Video Editor Explainer Video Adobe Premiere Pro Video Post-Editing
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Video Editor for Growing Cycling YouTube Channel
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 16 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I am looking for a skilled video editor to help me edit cycling videos about bikes and gear. Below is a video example of the type of co…

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Video Editor in Book Review Niche for Faceless Youtube
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 14 hours ago

$200
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

Experienced Faceless YouTube Video Editor For a Book Review Channel This is a LONG-TERM position with GREAT benefits such as Bonuses…

Video Editor Video Post-Editing Adobe Premiere Pro
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30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a highly skilled and creative social media specialist who can edit videos and boost engagement and following on YouT…

Video Editor YouTube Marketing Social Media Management
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Senior Video Editor & Training Specialist
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 16 hours ago

30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

More than 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

LOOKING FOR: Senior Video Editor & Training Specialist Job description: 3-5 years of expertise in After Effects and Premiere Pro to jo…

Video Editor Adobe After Effects Education Adobe Premiere Pro
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30+ hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking a skilled and creative video editor who specialises in creating engaging and eye-catching Instagram Reels and TikTok vid…

Video Editor Adobe After Effects Video Post-Editing Adobe Premiere Pro
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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a talented video creator to produce a short video showcasing the effectiveness of our compression leggings on a preg…

Video Editor Adobe Premiere Pro Video Commercial
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Need Dictionary Video Template
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 14 hours ago

$5
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

I'm looking for someone who can recreate this look with editable text. AE file or Premiere pro MOGRT will be ok if possible https://el…

Video Editor Adobe Premiere Pro Adobe After Effects
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Gaming TikTok Video Creator
New
Hourly ‐ Posted 12 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking a talented individual to create engaging and captivating gaming TikTok videos. As a video creator, you will be responsib…

Video Editor Adobe Premiere Pro Video Post-Editing
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Video Editors on Upwork
can earn $15–$35/hr.
Learn more below about how you can earn a career on the world’s work marketplace.
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How to Become a Freelance Video Editor

Many video editors begin their journey with an interest in photography or video and a knack for compiling scenes to tell a coherent story. If you have this knack for storytelling and an interest in working with video, you may have what it takes to become a freelance video editor on Upwork.

What does a freelance video editor do?

A freelance video editor works with many types of clients, including individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, for the purpose of filming and editing events, advertisements, music videos, documentaries, television programs, and motion pictures.

As a freelance video editor, you may be called upon to handle a number of tasks associated with ensuring the final edition of a work is refined and ready to be viewed by the intended audience. Some of the tasks might include editing scenes to ensure proper story flow and adding special effects, sound effects, music, and voice-overs.

In addition to the above, a freelance video editor might also be asked to maintain video and editing equipment, ensure sets are configured properly for filming, test sound quality, and make recommendations regarding actor performance.

What skills do I need to become a freelance video editor?

Freelance video editors come with varied backgrounds, but most have either a bachelor’s degree from an accredited film school or extensive experience in film, television, or industrial video. Some freelance video editors began their careers taking on projects such as weddings or by simply using their smartphones to take and edit video.

No matter your background, if you have an interest in becoming a freelance video editor, you will likely need to possess the following skills:

  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Familiarity with video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Knowledge of computer hardware used for video editing
  • Excellent ear for storytelling
  • Excellent eye for story flow
  • Extension knowledge of video production and post-production
  • Ability to work well with others under tight deadlines

What are the core freelance video editor job responsibilities?

While a freelance video editor’s responsibilities can include a wide variety of tasks depending on the client and the project, common responsibilities include the following:

  • Capture visual content as well as edit short- and long-form video content
  • Help maintain brand identity during editing
  • Work with producers, scriptwriters, brand managers, marketing managers, and public relations managers to ensure content consistency
  • Operate various filming and editing equipment, including cameras, video editing equipment, and sound equipment
  • Archive and retrieve video content as needed
  • Coordinate between studio and remote locations during all filming events
  • Collaborate with videographers and other editors on an as-needed basis.

Should I get a video editor degree or certification?

Becoming a freelance video editor requires a good deal of experience in addition to some education. The level of education you obtain may determine how far you are able to go in your career as well as the opportunities you might receive from potential employers or clients. Likewise, receiving a certification in video editing can only help your position as a potential freelancer.

For those interested in earning a degree, a bachelor’s in film and editing from an accredited university is an excellent starting point. Institutions such as New York University, University of Southern California, and Florida State University offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in digital media, film, and television.

Certifications for video editing are offered by organizations such as the American Graphics Institute and Adobe. Four-year degrees are more costly than certification programs. Which option you choose will be determined by your career objectives, your available time, and the budget you can apply to your education.

  • New York University— bachelor’s or master’s in film and TV
  • University of Southern California—bachelor's or master’s in film and TV production
  • Florida State University— bachelor’s or master’s in digital media production
  • American Graphics Institute—certification in video editing
  • Adobe Premiere Pro—certificate program

Jump-start your freelance video editing career on Upwork and start looking for your first job. Eager to learn more about freelance video editing jobs on Upwork? Check out this additional resource:

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