The state of Virginia has a larger percentage of high tech professionals than any other U.S. state, and is frequently regarded by Forbes Magazine as the best state in the nation to do business. Virginia also supports a thriving media culture with no less than thirty-six TV stations and more than 700 local radio stations. For this reason, many talented Virginia musicians and mixed-media artists enjoy successful careers as multimedia editors.
Virginia Schools and Training Programs for Multimedia Editing
Universities, colleges and independent art schools in Virginia offer a full selection of multimedia design classes and workshops. Aspiring Virginia audio-visual editors often attend local design colleges like Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Regent University in Virginia Beach, Marymount University in Arlington and University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.
On the other hand, various Virginia artists attain skills via virtual training programs. Popular accredited online schools of multimedia design include The Art Institutes, Full Sail University, Stratford Career Institute, DeVry, Strayer University, ITT Tech and University of Phoenix. Most conveniently, many internet-based colleges feature supplemental local resource facilities. The Art Institute has campuses in Arlington, Dulles and Virginia Beach. University of Phoenix has campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Manassas, Reston, Richmond and Virginia Beach. ITT Tech is located in Norfolk, Richmond, Chantilly, Salem and Springfield. Strayer University maintains facilities in Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Chesapeake, Fredericksburg, Glen Allen, Manassas, Midlothian, Newport News, Woodbridge and Virginia Beach. DeVry is attendable in Arlington, Chesapeake and Manassas.
Working as a Multimedia Editor in Virginia
Companies in Virginia that hire multimedia editors include (especially) software developers, telecommunications firms, consulting businesses and media broadcasters. Some local audio-visual editors are employed by Virginia TV stations like Hampton-Roads-Educational-Telecommunications (WHRO) in Norfolk, Act-III-Broadcasting in Richmond and Atlantic-Broadcast in Virginia Beach, for instance. Virginia sound editors sometimes work for local radio stations like Artistic-Gospel-Sound in Norfolk, Broadcasting-Love in Richmond and Radio-Disney in Virginia Beach, among others.
Professional audio-visual editors who work forty hours a week in the state of Virginia report an average annual sum of about $54,560, with a mean hourly wage of around $26.25.
Skills of a Professional Multimedia Editor
Multimedia editors are multipurpose artistic professionals whose technical skills include camera work, lighting, set design, script writing and original music. The primary purpose of a multimedia editor is to manipulate and align sights and sounds in a way that gets a particular point across or evokes a certain mood. Most professional audio-visual editors have a vast wealth of experience using different non-linear editing and DVD authoring software programs such as Adobe Final Cut Pro, Premiere, After Effects, Particle Illusions, Encore, Sony DVD and Architect, among others. Many multimedia editors are also familiar with computer operating systems, website construction, interactive design and programming.