Film and video camera operators (NOC 5222)

About this job

Film and video camera operators operate motion picture and video cameras and related equipment to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts.

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People in this occupation:

  • work for television networks and stations, motion picture and video production companies and in-house communications facilities of large corporations
  • should be creative and detail oriented
  • should have good organizational and communication skills and be able to work under deadlines
  • should also have good eyesight and coordination
  • should be physically fit in order to hold cameras for extended periods of time
  • may be self employed
Common job titles
  • camera operator, EFP (e. field production)
  • camera operator, ENG (electronic news)
  • camera operator, film / news / movies
  • videographer - news / arts / dance


Film and video camera operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • meet with directors and senior members of camera crews to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, camera movements and picture compositions
  • select and set up camera equipment to be used, and attach lenses, filters and film magazines to cameras
  • adjust focus, exposure, lighting and other camera settings
  • operate film or video cameras to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts
  • label and record the contents of exposed film and complete report sheets
  • test, maintain and store equipment

Work environment

Film and video camera operators who work for television and cable networks, in advertising agencies or in the government usually work a 40-hour week. Operators who cover news events often work long, irregular hours and must be available to work on short notice.

Film and video camera operators may work in movie or broadcast studios or on location to capture live events. Operators who cover live events often travel locally, stay overnight on assignments or travel to distant places for longer periods. Film and video camera operators who work in motion picture production may also have to travel to film on location and may work long, irregular hours.

Many camera operators must wait long hours in varying weather conditions for an event to take place and must stand or walk for long periods while carrying heavy equipment. Film and video camera operators who cover news events may be required to work in uncomfortable or dangerous surroundings such as covering accidents, natural disasters and military conflicts.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

With experience and training, film and video camera operators may progress to supervisory roles or to director of photography positions.

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