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Become A Videographer

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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

  • $61,750

    Average Salary

What Does A Videographer Do

A Videographer works as part of a production team that creates video products. They operate and maintain the proper levels and calibrations of cameras, audio and video recorders, and other production equipment.

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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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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