Profession video operator

Video operators control the (projected) images of a performance based on the artistic or creative concept, in interaction with the performers. Their work is influenced by and influences the results of other operators. Therefore, the operators work closely together with the designers, operators and performers. Video operators prepare media fragments, supervise the setup, steer the technical crew, program the equipment and operate the video system. Their work is based on plans, instructions and other documentation.  

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic

Skills

  • Mix live images

    Follow different video streams of a live event and mix them together using specialised equipment and software.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Draw up artistic production

    File and document a production in all its phases right after the performance period so that it can be reproduced and all relevant information remains accessible.

  • Run a media server

    Set up and run a media server.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Set up projection equipment

    Install and connect equipment for projection in an artistic context.

  • Set up equipment in a timely manner

    Make sure to set up equipment according to deadlines and time schedules.

  • Work safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision

    Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution for performance and art facility purposes under supervision.

  • Communicate during show

    Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Intervene with actions on stage

    Take your cues from actions on the stagte and interact with them. Take decision on the exact timing and procedure in a live environment, in order to product a fluid and consistent performance.

  • Use communication equipment

    Set up, test and operate different types of communication equipment such as transmission equipment, digital network equipment, or telecommunications equipment.

  • Install image equipment

    Install and connect projection and image equipment.

  • Interpret artistic intentions

    Interpret the artistic intentions of the author.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

  • Perform quality control of design during a run

    Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.

  • Consult with stakeholders on implementation of a production

    Consult with different people and groups who hold a stake in the production. Be on the same page on the practical side of the production, and keep them up to date.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Adjust projector

    Adjust the controls of projection equipment to obtain a clear and well-positioned image.

  • Plan audiovisual recording

    Plan audio-visual recordings.

  • Organise resources for artistic production

    Coordinate human, material and capital resources within artistic productions, based on the given documentation e.g. scripts.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Adapt artistic plan to location

    Adapt plans to other locations with respect for the artistic concept.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

    Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.

  • Support a designer in the developing process

    Support designers in the course of the developing process.

  • Edit digital moving images

    Use specialised software to edit video images for use in an artistic production.

Optional knowledge and skills

develop professional network manage technical resources stock advise client on technical possibilities pack electronic equipment keep personal administration ensure safety of mobile electrical systems maintain audiovisual equipment plan teamwork operate a camera follow safety procedures when working at heights promote yourself monitor developments in technology used for design document your own practice lead a team adapt existing designs to changed circumstances maintain system layout for a production coach staff for running the performance set up cameras store performance equipment provide documentation assess power needs update design results during rehearsals de-rig electronic equipment assemble performance equipment