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Audio and video recording technicians

National Occupation Code (NOC): 5225

Audio and video recording technicians operate equipment to record, mix and edit sound, music and videotape, for motion pictures, television and radio programs, videos, recordings and live events. They are employed by multimedia companies, film, video and concert production companies, sound recording firms, theatre and dance companies, educational establishments, clubs, hotels, bands, radio stations, television networks and video production and editing companies.

Job Duties for Audio and video recording technicians

  • Set up, prepare, operate and adjust audio, recording, editing and reproducing equipment to record, edit and reproduce sound input or feed of pre-recorded material from tapes, records, compact discs, digital audio devices, and input from live microphones, satellites or microwave trucks for films, videos, radio and television programs and recordings
  • Prepare and operate videotape recording and playback equipment to record videos, television programs, concerts and live events, and to edit video tape after production
  • Operate electronic equipment to generate program titles, credits, sub-titles, graphic backgrounds or animation for television programs
  • Operate audio consoles or computers, tape machines, microphones and sound processing equipment to mix, combine and edit music and sound at concerts and live events
  • Operate dubbing machines to play back edited dialogue, music and sound effect tracks from different sources, in synchronization with motion picture film
  • May supervise and co-ordinate the work of other audio and video recording technicians.

Working Conditions for Audio and video recording technicians

Work is performed in a variety of indoor studio settings; these include concerts, small audio studios, conferences, and meetings.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Digital Effects Specialist
  • Assistant Sound Editor
  • Audio Engineer - Recording Studio
  • Audio Operator
  • Audio Operator Assistant
  • Audio Recording Studio Operator
  • Audio Technician
  • Audiovisual (AV) Technician
  • AV (audiovisual) Technician
  • Colour Timer - Video
  • Digital Effects Specialist
  • Dubbing Machine Operator
  • Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Editor
  • Electronic Video Graphics Operator
  • ENG (electronic News Gathering) Editor
  • Film Technician
  • Film Technician - Motion Picture
  • Master Record Cutter
  • Multimedia Sound Technician
  • Multimedia Sound-effects Supervisor
  • Music Editor - Recording Studio
  • Music Mixer
  • Music Or Sound Mixer
  • Operator, P.A. (public Address) Systems
  • P.A. (public Address) Operator
  • P.A. (public Address) System Operator
  • Playback Operator
  • Postproduction Technician
  • Production Sound Recordist
  • Public Address (P.A.) Operator
  • Public Address (P.A.) System Operator
  • Radio Recorder
  • Radio Technician
  • Recording Engineer
  • Recording Studio Technician
  • Re-recording Mixer
  • Sound Cutter
  • Sound Editor
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Sound Effects Specialist
  • Sound Engineer
  • Sound Engineer (except Professional Engineers)
  • Sound Engineer Assistant
  • Sound Keyer
  • Sound Librarian - Audio-recording
  • Sound Mix Engineer
  • Sound Mixer
  • Sound Operator
  • Sound Recorder
  • Sound Recording Engineer
  • Sound Recording Supervisor
  • Sound Recordist
  • Sound Technician
  • Sound-recording And Video-recording Reproduction Equipment Operator
  • Sound-recording Equipment Operator
  • Stereo Tape Editor
  • Video And Sound Recorder
  • Video Recorder
  • Video Recording Technician
  • Video Sound Mixer
  • Video Technician
  • Video-editing Equipment Operator
  • Video-recording Equipment Operator
  • Videotape Editor
  • Videotape Postproduction Editor
  • Videotape Recording (VTR) Editor
  • Videotape Recording (VTR) Operator
  • Videotape Technician
  • VTR (videotape Recording) Editor
  • VTR (videotape Recording) Operator
  • Audiovisual (AV) Technician
  • Multimedia Sound Technician
  • Postproduction Technician
  • Recording Engineer
  • Recording Studio Technician
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Sound Mixer
  • Sound Technician
  • Video And Sound Recorder
  • Video Recording Technician
  • Audio Engineer - Recording Studio
  • Electronic News Gathering (ENG) Editor
  • Public Address (P.A.) System Operator
  • Radio Technician
  • Sound Engineer

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