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TV Assistant Editor: Express

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School (AH Account)

About the Course

This two day, intensely practical course will give you a fast, but thorough, hands-on experience in the duties, technical skills and responsibilities of the Assistant Editor in television.

The course contents includes:

• understanding the role and responsibilities of the Assistant Editor
• how the post production department is structured, and why the Assistant Editor role is so critical to the whole process
• multi-camera setups: a in-depth look at how to sync, group and fully prepare multi-camera sequences ready for editors to cut with (these are the skills that all companies are wanting)
• ingesting file based footage, and the differences between the 'offline' and 'online' phases of the editing process
• project management and data management: how and where to store all your cuts and all your raw footage
• managing multiple projects: how and where to organise music, graphics, sound effects, stock footage, and archival without getting in a mess
• some ideas on how to find work in a largely freelance world where jobs are rarely advertised


In this rapidly advancing technological industry the Assistant Editor role is no longer an apprenticeship in which to learn the craft of editing, but instead it is a highly precise and technical role which involves ingesting (importing), organising and preparing footage for editors to cut with. With a move away from tape-based formats (i.e. digibeta, DV and HDCam), and with the increase in the availability and use of cameras that record using tapeless formats, the skills, methods and knowledge requirements of the Assistant Editor are constantly evolving. Most large scale TV shows use multiple cameras to record the action, and along with all the boom and radio mics being used it is the Assistant Editor's job to not only sync all these sources together, but also to check for technical issues and keep all the footage well organised. It is an exciting role that requires a strong eye for detail, excellent problem-solving skills, good communication and a strong awareness of how to work effectively in a team. 


The course will be taught using Avid Media Composer, as this is the most commonly used application for film and television editing. No prior editing experience is required, but this course is very technical and so an aptitude with computers and familiarity with the MAC operating system will be an advantage.

It is recommended that if you don't already have access to the software to practise, you can download a free trial version of the software from the Avid Website.


Rebecca Edwards is a highly experienced Online Editor and Colourist and an Avid Certified Instructor (ACI). She has credits on some of the industry’s biggest, and fastest turnaround TV formats for the Australian, UK and USA markets. She has worked in a diverse range of genres including reality TV, children’s TV, and documentary, making shows about a wide range of subjects from cooking to losing weight, and from serial killers to drunken monkeys. The location highlight of her career to date was when she worked on a fully catered TV show in the Costa Rican jungle.

"Rebecca Edwards was a fantastic lecturer – very straight-talking, approachable and constantly communicating with us to make sure we were learning everything we wanted to."


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