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Freelance Edit Assistants

  • Timeline Television Ltd
  • London E20, UK
  • 28/09/2021

Job Description


We are looking for Freelance Edit Assistants to support the BT Sport Post-Production facility in Stratford, London. Some of the duties will include:

  • Edit and Voice Over suite support
  • Processing file transcodes using various applications
  • Upkeep of edit, media and storage systems

As part of a small team you will be required to ingest media from a variety of sources and set up and support the non-linear edit suites at BT Sport. Alongside in-depth Avid and Adobe experience, you should have a good knowledge of broadcast workflows, file formats and ingest applications.The Assistant will be required to work at high levels of technical complexity, under programme and operational pressures.


  • Clear understanding of the fundamentals of file-based editing workflows
  • Help guide editors, operators and production staff through complex operational scenarios and workflows
  • Capable of ingesting media from a variety of sources (camera card, hard drive, file delivery) and ensure outgest requests are carried out to a high standard
  • Monitor and optimise the performance of the non-linear edit suites (Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Avid Pro Tools), databases (Avid Interplay), and storage systems (Avid ISIS)
  • Provide front line support and address technical faults in a timely and professional manner, communicating and escalating issues as required, and ensuring alternative ways of meeting requirements are identified and implemented promptly
  • Develop an effective working relationship with other support teams at BT Sport including Broadcast Engineering, IT Support, Media Systems Engineering, Bookings, and the Media Management teams
  • Develop and build excellent working relationships with production teams, technical operators, and any other clients working at BT Sport
  • Prioritise the daily workload to ensure deadlines are met
  • Creating, testing, evaluating and documenting new workflows

Shift Pattern: 12 hour days usually working to a 7/14 day shift pattern including night shifts 


  • Edit Assistant experience in a fast-paced broadcast environment and a passion for edit platforms and/or broadcast technology
  • A strong knowledge of file-based formats and codecs
  • Knowledge and experience with the use and support of Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere
  • Experience of dealing with an Avid Interplay database, ISIS Storage and Transfer Engine servers
  • Previous experience of industry transcoding tools, such as: Content Agent, Amberfin, Adobe Media Encoder
  • A knowledge of IP Director and its application within a Post-Production environment
  • Excellent media management skills. Ability to adhere to naming conventions and demonstrate a good eye for detail when dealing with client media
  • Customer awareness and good interpersonal skills; able to react tactfully and sympathetically to requests from operators and production staff
  • The ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Effective communication skills
  • Demonstrate clear logical thinking in fault-finding and problems solving. Able to distinguish between important and irrelevant information
  • Demonstrates flexibility and responds very well to new challenges, is open to change(s), shows openness to alternative ways of doing things.