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Film And Video Sound Engineer

Career Highlights

  • Film and stage production career
  • On-location work
  • Mix and cut audio tracks
  • Work with a variety of sounds and music

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Career Summary

Film and video sound engineers work on production teams for filming and stage productions. In many cases they monitor the sound, check picture quality, set up lighting and prepare mircophones for the production. They are responsible for making adjustments to lighting and microphone locations to maximize quality.

Film and video sound engineers may work on live shows, on-site, or in remote locations. They work on a range of productions including commercials, movies, radio programs and television programs, and are even moving into Web video production. This means that a film and video sound engineer must be prepared to work in a variety of conditions. Film and video engineers sometimes work for news stations, where they go with reporters to set up for live reports and specials.

An ability to work under pressure and to quickly solve problems and difficulties is important for a television production engineer. Common work activities include:

  • Setting up, testing and ensuring the operation of all video and sound equipment used in production or filming.
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting of problems with audio or video equipment on the set.
  • Contracting with outside services for repair or replacement of equipment as needed.
  • Working long hours during production and prior to the start of production to keep all equipment working correctly.
  • Coordinating networking and communication systems between the various crew members, directors and on and off-site personnel.
  • Working effectively with a team of production people to get a high quality video or audio recording completed within the time allotted.

The film and video sound engineer may also mix and cut the audio. Film and video engineers test all equipment to ensure it is in good working condition and troubleshoot any possible issues that develop during the filming or stage production. The position is responsible for many aspects of production, including establishing the necessary communications with other departments to ensure high-quality production.

However, film and video sound engineers do have choices outside the film and stage industry. Getting into the Hollywood industry can be very tough, and it can take years to truly establish a name. Until that name is branded as reliable, film and video sound engineers can work in other areas that will enhance their skills, such as forensics. A forensic audio engineer assists police in distinguishing recorded sounds, voices and messages to aid in crime solving.

Another area, audio archiving, is the business of building a digital library of different sounds. The audio collection can include music, audio books, news broadcasts, old time radio shows and or a wide variety of other audio files. This is one of the primary toolsets for an audio and video editor.

Film and video sound engineers are responsible for high-quality sound, and there is a wide variety of career opportunities available in career building and specialization. Whether you’re interested in stepping into a live sound engineer position or digital remastering, the key is to learn everything you can and never stop learning to listen.

Salary

$42,000*

Education

Requires a degree in:

  • Audio Production
  • Film and Video Production

Career Skills

  • Stay on the cutting edge of the industry
  • Vast knowledge of film, digital video and digital audio
  • DVD authoring and DVD structure
  • Good team player & motivator
  • Ability to quickly learn new technologies and methods

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  1. Master

    Good Day.
    I am completeing 3 year degree in Sound Engineering at city Varsity is Capetown RSA . I am looking for opportunies of employment in the post production industry

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