What do Audio and Video Equipment Technicians do?

Set up, or set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. May also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.

  • Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
  • Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
  • Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.
  • Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds, or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
  • Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
  • Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.
  • Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
  • Design layouts of audio and video equipment, and perform upgrades and maintenance.
  • Conduct training sessions on selection, use, and design of audiovisual materials and on operation of presentation equipment.
  • Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality, and notify directors of any possible problems.
  • Determine formats, approaches, content, levels, and mediums to effectively meet objectives within budgetary constraints, utilizing research, knowledge, and training.
  • Obtain, set up, and load videotapes for scheduled productions or broadcasts.
  • Meet with directors and senior members of camera crews to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, camera movements, and picture composition.
  • Reserve audiovisual equipment and facilities such as meeting rooms.
  • Record and edit audio material such as movie soundtracks, using audio recording and editing equipment.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of assistants and other personnel during production.
  • Control the lights and sound of events, such as live concerts, before and after performances, and during intermissions.
  • Analyze and maintain data logs for audiovisual activities.
  • Maintain inventories of audio and video tapes and related supplies.
  • Inform users of audio and videotaping service policies and procedures.
  • Organize and maintain compliance, license, and warranty information related to audio and video facilities.
  • Construct and position properties, sets, lighting equipment, and other equipment.
  • Perform narration of productions, or present announcements.
  • Edit videotapes by erasing and removing portions of programs and adding video or sound as required.
  • Locate and secure settings, properties, effects, and other production necessities.
  • Produce rough and finished graphics and graphic designs.
  • Plan and develop pre-production ideas into outlines, scripts, story boards, and graphics, using own ideas or specifications of assignments.
  • Develop manuals, texts, workbooks, or related materials for use in conjunction with production materials or for training.
  • Obtain and preview musical performance programs prior to events to become familiar with the order and approximate times of pieces.

Related Jobs (Audio and Video Equipment Technicians)

Ajax-loading
Loading Jobs...

Necessary Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Active Listening