Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
Common job titles of Video Camera Operators for Television or Movies include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
60.7% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
17.82% said they needed a High School Diploma.
Test, clean, maintain, and repair broadcast equipment, including testing microphones, to ensure proper working condition.
Confer with directors, sound and lighting technicians, electricians, and other crew members to discuss assignments and determine filming sequences, desired effects, camera movements, and lighting requirements.
Compose and frame each shot, applying the technical aspects of light, lenses, film, filters, and camera settings to achieve the effects sought by directors.
Edit video for broadcast productions, including non-linear editing.
View films to resolve problems of exposure control, subject and camera movement, changes in subject distance, and related variables.
Set up cameras, optical printers, and related equipment to produce photographs and special effects.
Reload camera magazines with fresh raw film stock.
Set up and operate electric news gathering (ENG) microwave vehicles to gather and edit raw footage on location to send to television affiliates for broadcast.
Set up and perform live shots for broadcast.
Prepare slates that describe the scenes being filmed.
Adjust positions and controls of cameras, printers, and related equipment to change focus, exposure, and lighting.
Use cameras in any of several different camera mounts, such as stationary, track-mounted, or crane-mounted.
Operate zoom lenses, changing images according to specifications and rehearsal instructions.
Operate television or motion picture cameras to record scenes for television broadcasts, advertising, or motion pictures.
Write new scripts for broadcasts.
Direct studio productions.
Assemble studio sets and select and arrange cameras, film stock, audio, or lighting equipment to be used during filming.
Instruct camera operators regarding camera setups, angles, distances, movement, and variables and cues for starting and stopping filming.
Observe sets or locations for potential problems and to determine filming and lighting requirements.
Read and analyze work orders and specifications to determine locations of subject material, work procedures, sequences of operations, and machine setups.
Read charts and compute ratios to determine variables such as lighting, shutter angles, filter factors, and camera distances.
Label and record contents of exposed film and note details on report forms.
Design graphics for studio productions.
Stay current with new technologies in the field by reading trade magazines.
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Electronic field production EFP cameras
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Cable compression crimp tools
Automatic film processors
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See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
See details at a distance.
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Far Vision
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.