Video Camera Operators for Television or Movies

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications > Journalism and Broadcasting

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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.


Zoom lenses

Wireless audio/video AV transmitters

Wireless audio/video AV receivers

Waveform monitors

Videocamera tripods

Videocamera lens filters

Torx driver sets

All Tools

Television signal generators

Studio lighting

Studio cameras

Straight blade screwdrivers

Satellite broadcasting trucks

Remotely controlled cameras

Real-time spectrum analyzers

Precision nut drivers

Portable video monitors

Portable cranes

Pencil solder irons

Movie production cameras

Mobile mountings

Measuring tapes

Iris rod wrenches

Hex key sets

Gun solder irons

Electronic field production EFP cameras

Distortion analyzers

Directors’ viewfinders

Digital multimeters

Digital light meters

Circumaural headphones

Cable compression crimp tools

Automatic film processors

Audio equalizers


Adobe Systems Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign


Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro

Apple Final Cut Pro

All Technologies

Apple Final Cut Studio

Avid Technology 2D Character Generator


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

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Occupation Sections


English Language

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.

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