Audio and video recording technicians (NOC 5225)

About this job

Audio and video recording technicians operate equipment to record, mix and edit sound, music and videotape for motion pictures, television and radio programs, videos, recordings and live events.

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Audio video technician


People in this career:

  • work for film, video and concert production companies, sound recording firms, theatre and dance companies, clubs, bands, multimedia companies, radio stations, television networks and video production and editing companies
  • must have good manual dexterity and an aptitude for working with electrical, electronic, and mechanical systems and equipment
  • should have mathematical ability
  • should be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects
  • should be comfortable working at heights
  • should also have the ability to work both independently and as part of a team
Common job titles
  • audio recording studio
  • colour timer - video
  • dubbing machine
  • editor, ENG (electronic news gathering)
  • editor, postproduction / VTR
  • engineer, sound - recording studio

Duties

Audio and video recording technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • set up, prepare, operate and adjust audio, recording, editing and reproducing equipment to record, edit and reproduce sound input or feed of pre-recorded material from tapes, records, compact discs, digital audio devices, and input from live microphones, satellites or microwave trucks for films, videos, radio and television programs and recordings
  • prepare and operate videotape recording and playback equipment to record videos, television programs, concerts and live events, and to edit video tape after production
  • operate electronic equipment to generate program titles, credits, subtitles, graphic backgrounds or animation for television programs
  • operate audio consoles or computers, tape machines, microphones and sound processing equipment to mix, combine and edit music and sound at concerts and live events
  • operate dubbing machines to play back edited dialogue, music and sound effect tracks from different sources, in synchronization with motion picture film
  • may supervise and coordinate the work of other audio and video recording technicians

Work environment

Audio and video recording technicians work indoors in small sound studios or at live events, such as concerts, meetings and conferences. Travel is required in order to work on location.

Audio and video recording technicians who work at large stations or networks usually work 40 hours per week, with occasional overtime. Those who work on motion pictures may be on a tight schedule and work long hours to meet deadlines.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With appropriate education and experience, audio and video recording technicians may progress to senior or supervisory positions (i.e., recording and sound engineers) or start their own businesses.

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