Secret Millionaire director and documentary editor Paddy Bird has launched a remote craft editing course for aspiring documentary, factual and entertainment TV editors.

Those who sign up to the Inside The Edit scheme will be given a hard drive with 35 hours of rushes for a Cutting Edge-style doc, which Bird said was unique among editing courses.

Bird, whose credits include Britain’s Royal Weddings and Cutting Edge, said: “Lots of courses teach basic editing theory, but no one has really sat down and looked at the creative process of constructing documentary or entertainment shows.”

The £4,000 course, which will launch on 20 August, is pitched at those with a basic knowledge of editing systems, from students to corporate film-makers, videographers and established camera men, who might be keen to know how to cut footage. “Editors have seen shooting ratios go through the roof – if a production team is properly trained, they could save thousands of pounds,” said Bird.