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Working As A Videographer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $75,410

    Average Salary

What Does A Videographer Do

Film and video editors and camera operators manipulate images that entertain or inform an audience. Camera operators capture a wide range of material for TV shows, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events. Editors take footage shot by camera operators and organize it into a final product. They collaborate with producers and directors to create the final production.

Duties

Film and video editors and camera operators typically do the following:

  • Shoot and record television programs, motion pictures, music videos, documentaries, or news and sporting events
  • Organize digital footage with video editing software
  • Collaborate with a director to determine the overall vision of the production
  • Discuss filming and editing techniques with a director to improve a scene
  • Select the appropriate equipment, such as the type of lens or lighting
  • Shoot or edit a scene based on the director’s vision

Many camera operators have one or more assistants working under their supervision. The assistants set up the camera equipment and may be responsible for its storage and care. They also help the operator determine the best shooting angle and make sure that the camera stays in focus.

Likewise, editors often have one or more assistants. The assistants support the editor by keeping track of each shot in a database or loading digital video into an editing bay. Assistants also may do some of the editing tasks.

The increased use of digital filming has changed the work of a large number of editors and camera operators. Many operators prefer using digital cameras because these smaller, more inexpensive instruments give them more flexibility in shooting angles. Digital cameras also have changed the job of some camera assistants: instead of loading film or choosing lenses, they download digital images or choose a type of software program to use with the camera.

Nearly all editing work is done on a computer, and editors often are trained in a specific type of editing software.

The following are examples of types of camera operators:

Studio camera operators work in a broadcast studio and videotape their subjects from a fixed position. There may be one or several cameras in use at a time. Operators normally follow directions that give the order of the shots. They often have time to practice camera movements before shooting begins. If they are shooting a live event, they must be able to make adjustments at a moment’s notice and follow the instructions of the show’s director.

Cinematographers film motion pictures. They usually have a team of camera operators and assistants working under them. They determine the angles and types of equipment that will best capture a shot. They also adjust the lighting in a shot, because that is an important part of how the image looks.

Cinematographers may use stationary cameras that shoot whatever passes in front of them, or they may use a camera mounted on a track and move around the action. Some cinematographers sit on cranes to film and action scene; others carry the camera on their shoulder while they move around the action.

Some cinematographers specialize in filming cartoons or special effects.

Videographers film or videotape private ceremonies or special events, such as weddings. They also may work with companies and make corporate documentaries on a variety of topics. Some videographers post their work on video-sharing websites for prospective clients. Most videographers edit their own material.

Many videographers run their own business or do freelance work. They may submit bids, write contracts, and get permission to shoot on locations that may not be open to the public. They also get copyright protection for their work and keep financial records.

Many editors and camera operators, particularly videographers, put their creative work online. If it becomes popular, they gain more recognition, which can lead to future employment or freelance opportunities.

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How To Become A Videographer

Film and video editors and camera operators typically need a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting.

Education

Most editor and camera operator positions require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to film or broadcasting, such as communications. Many colleges offer courses in cinematography or video-editing software. Coursework involves a mix of film theory with practical training.

Film and video editors and camera operators must have an understanding of digital cameras and editing software because both are now used on film sets.

Training

Editors may complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers may offer new employees training in the type of specialized editing software they use. Most editors eventually specialize in one type of software, but beginners should be familiar with as many types as possible.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is a way for editors to demonstrate competence in various types of editing software. To earn certification, video editors must pass a comprehensive exam. Candidates can prepare for the exam on their own, through online tutorials, or through classroom instruction.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Film and video editors and camera operators must communicate with other members of a production team, including producers and directors, to ensure that the project goes smoothly.

Computer skills. Film and video editors must use sophisticated editing software.

Creativity. Film and video editors and camera operators should be able to imagine what the result of their filming or editing will look like to an audience.

Detail oriented. Editors look at every frame of film and decide what should be kept and what should be cut in order to maintain the best content.

Hand–eye coordination. Camera operators need to be able to move about the action while holding a camera steady.

Physical stamina. Camera operators may need to carry heavy equipment for long periods of time, particularly when they are filming on location.

Visual skills. Film and video editors and camera operators must be able to see clearly what they are filming or editing in the postproduction process.

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Videographer Career Paths

Videographer
Photographer Specialist Property Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Production Manager Account Executive
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Managing Editor
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Writer/Producer Writer And Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Producer Producer Director
Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Director Creative Director
Creative Director & Designer
6 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Production Manager Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Writer And Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Executive Director, Marketing
10 Yearsyrs
Editor & Producer Executive Producer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Photographer Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Account Executive Public Relations
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Writer And Editor
Senior Editor
5 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Producer
Senior Producer
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Videographer/Editor Technical Director Video Editor
Senior Video Editor
5 Yearsyrs
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Videographer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.1%

Female

25.7%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

78.8%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

48.1%

French

12.8%

Mandarin

5.7%

Chinese

5.7%

Portuguese

4.4%

German

4.0%

Italian

3.4%

Japanese

2.7%

Korean

2.4%

Russian

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Greek

1.0%

Catalan

1.0%

Hindi

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%

Thai

0.7%

Swedish

0.3%

Telugu

0.3%
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Videographer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

10.2%

Columbia College Chicago

7.5%

Temple University

6.6%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.5%

Liberty University

5.5%

University of Alabama

5.1%

San Francisco State University

5.1%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Towson University

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.6%

Ball State University

4.6%

Ohio University -

4.4%

American University

4.4%

Florida State University

3.8%

New York University

3.7%

Howard University

3.7%

Rowan University

3.7%

Ithaca College

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%
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Majors

Photography

30.7%

Communication

22.2%

Journalism

8.0%

Digital Media

6.1%

Graphic Design

3.7%

Business

3.6%

Fine Arts

3.5%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.0%

Computer Networking

2.5%

Entertainment Business

2.1%

English

2.0%

Marketing

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Psychology

1.5%

Electrical Engineering

1.5%

Computer Science

1.4%

Kinesiology

1.4%

Design And Visual Communication

1.2%

Writing

1.2%

Music

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

63.8%

Other

17.2%

Masters

7.9%

Associate

7.9%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.0%
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Real Videographer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Videographer Red Associates Us, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2013 $65,460
Videographer Red Associates Us, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $52,000
Supervising Videographer Gogotech II, LLC New York, NY Mar 24, 2015 $50,000
Videographer Form & Fiction LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2016 $50,000
Videographer Cold Climate Housing Research Center Fairbanks, AK Jul 25, 2014 $48,960
Videographer First Slice Media LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 23, 2016 $48,000
Videographer Grand Supercenter, Inc. Lyndhurst, NJ Aug 25, 2016 $45,935
Videographer Cold Climate Housing Research Center Fairbanks, AK Jul 25, 2011 $45,000
Graphic Designre/Videographer Jets International LLC New Orleans, LA Jan 03, 2016 $41,000
Videographer Sinovision Inc. New York, NY Aug 17, 2016 $38,610
Videographer Sinovision, Inc. New York, NY Sep 23, 2015 $38,610
Videographer Ya Zhou Wen Hua Enterprises Limited (N.Y) New York, NY Oct 11, 2015 $36,837
Videographer Sinovision Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $36,648
Videographer The Sanctuary Theatre, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 01, 2013 $36,523
Videographer T.B.S. GUAM Corporation Mar 29, 2011 $35,000
Videographer T.B.S. GUAM Corporation Sep 29, 2010 $32,000 -
$35,000
Videographer Sinovision Incorporated New York, NY Sep 07, 2015 $31,200
Videographer Sinovision Incorporated New York, NY Sep 18, 2014 $30,700
Videographer Sinovision Incorporated New York, NY Sep 26, 2014 $30,700
Videographer Sinovision Incorporated New York, NY Sep 24, 2014 $30,700
Videographer Sinovision Incorporated New York, NY Sep 17, 2014 $30,700

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Top Skills for A Videographer

TrainingVideosAudioEquipmentCameraEquipmentFinalCutProDVDAdobePhotoshopVideoProductionPromotionalVideosPhotographyCompanyWebsiteYoutubeVideoCameraSet-UpMusicVideosVideoEquipmentEditVideoSpecialEventsVideoContentB-RollHD

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Top Videographer Skills

  1. Training Videos
  2. Audio Equipment
  3. Camera Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created promotional and training videos for tutoring and supplemental instruction sessions
  • Set up projectors, screen, video and audio equipment needed for presenting final product to customers
  • Job description: Video editing, operate camera equipment, lighting, photos, microphones, audio.
  • Edited video footage on multiple platforms using Final Cut Pro, Creative Suite 4 and Creative Suite 5 software.
  • Create a DVD with all videos produced to be purchased at the end of the week.

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