Film and video camera operators

National Occupation Code (NOC): 5222

Film and video camera operators operate motion picture and video cameras and related equipment to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts. They are employed by television networks and stations, motion picture and video production companies and in-house communications facilities of large corporations.

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Job Duties for Film and video camera operators

  • Meet with director and senior members of camera crew to discuss assignment and determine filming sequences, camera movements and picture composition
  • Select and set up camera equipment to be used and attach lens, filters and film magazine to camera
  • Adjust focus, exposure, lighting and other camera settings
  • Operate film or video camera to record news, live events, films, videos and television broadcasts
  • Label and record contents of exposed film, and complete report sheets
  • Test, maintain and store equipment.

Working Conditions for Film and video camera operators

Work is usually performed in film or television studios, while some live event coverage may require travel to various locations outside this setting.

Alternate Job Titles

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  • Electronic Field Production (EFP) Camera Operator
  • Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Camera Operator
  • ENG (electronic News Gathering) Camera Operator
  • Film Camera Operator
  • Film Cameraman/woman
  • Motion Picture Camera Operator
  • News Camera Operator
  • Senior Motion Picture Camera Operator
  • Studio Camera Operator
  • Television Camera Operator
  • Television News Camera Operator
  • Video Camera Operator
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