Video operator - Salary and Career
Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

Video operator - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They structure film and audiovisual media narratives, direct the capture and finalization of images, operating the cutting table (switcher) and instructing the positioning and/or framing of the image, editing images and audio and creating special effects, participating in the definition of the product and advising the post -production determining dubbing script, listing assembled plans and indicating sound editing procedures, supervise finalization, dubbing and film copy conformation.

How much does an Video operator earn

A Video operator earns between $1.318 and $7.552 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.809 and a median salary of $2.000 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 4.703 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Video operator

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.809 33.706 702 14
1º Quartile 1.318 15.818 330 6
Median Salary 2.000 24.000 500 10
3º Quartile 5.760 69.114 1.440 28
Higher Salary 7.552 90.625 1.888 37


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in sound, scenography and projection equipment operation
        • technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

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Main workplaces

Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media they work in small, medium and large independent production companies, such as television networks, advertising film producers, etc. They work both in the private and public spheres, in this case in artistic foundations. They work irregular hours and closed environments, both individually and collectively, under occasional supervision, except for the audiovisual media editor who works at fixed hours, whether day or night. The work is carried out with a portfolio or on their own account, as in the case of audiovisual media editors, editors and finalists of cinema films. In some activities, they are exposed to intense noise and can work under pressure, leading them to a stressful situation.


What does it take to work in the field of Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media

To carry out these activities, high school education and vocational courses are required, offered by professional training institutions. The full exercise of activities occurs after three or four years of experience, and for the Audiovisual Media Editor and Image Director (TV), it occurs after one or two years of experience.


Functions and activities of Video operator

Technicians in assembling, editing and finishing audiovisual media must:

  • advise post-production;
  • edit pictures and audio;
  • participate in the product definition;
  • advise post production;
  • create special effects;
  • participate in product definition;
  • supervise finalization;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • direct image capture and finalization;
  • edit images and audio;
  • structuring narratives for films and audiovisual media;
  • structuring narratives of films and audiovisual media;
  • supervise finishing;
  • structuring film and audiovisual media narratives;

  • Activities

    • guide the capture of images for the application of special effects;
    • provide dubbing maps;
    • supervise film copy making;
    • check first copy movie image quality;
    • orient footage for application of special effects;
    • export audiovisual media;
    • speed up/slow down images;
    • distort images;
    • monitor sound editing;
    • demonstrate critical sense;
    • mix audio;
    • put images/materials on the air;
    • participate in agenda discussion;
    • rotate images/materials;
    • indicate sound editing procedures;
    • ordering film and audiovisual media narratives;
    • capture images;
    • demonstrate discernment;
    • arrange material for trickery;
    • supervise dubbing;
    • treat audio;
    • make edit decision list;
    • request available images on file;
    • selecting images;
    • list scenes for applying visual effects;
    • correct color, brightness and contrast;
    • request image capture;
    • sequence images;
    • work under pressure;
    • relate script to raw material;
    • arrange for sending materials for sound editing;
    • fit graphic arts formats;
    • list assembled plans;
    • check first copy movie sound quality;
    • list assembled sound plans;
    • check negative assembly;
    • mount direct soundguide;
    • sound audiovisual media;
    • compose images;
    • demonstrate sensitivity;
    • demonstrate flexibility;
    • propose definitions of narratives;
    • demonstrate auditory acuity;
    • operate the cutting table (switcher);
    • determine dubbing script;
    • request separation of scenes for visual effects;
    • mount song guide;
    • cut audio;
    • planning assistant editing activities;
    • send recorded media to the quality department;
    • send assembled copy to laboratory;
    • freeze images;
    • review final edits;
    • allocate technical equipment according to program script;
    • add graphics;
    • demonstrate visual acuity;
    • synchronize sound with picture;
    • work as a team;
    • create graphics;
    • demonstrate ability of aesthetic perception;
    • merge images;
    • define final cut of films and audiovisual media;
    • multiply images;
    • work as a team;
    • create framing and/or camera movements;
    • select direct sounds;
    • review final edits;
    • make decisions;
    • apply characters;
    • coordinate editing assistant activities;
    • analyzing image and sound quality;
    • coordinate operational team;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • make credits;
    • control external image signals;
    • modulating narrative times;
    • participate in material capture;
    • define visual effects;
    • participate in the artistic formatting of the program;
    • mount movies and audiovisual media in editing system;
    • apply software preset effects;
    • check camera axis;
    • insert credits;
    • manage time;
    • check first copy movie sound timing;
    • sequence audio;
    • create characters;
    • instruct image positioning and/or framing;
    • speed up/slow down images;
    • receive material collected from other sectors and areas;
    • becoming aware of the raw material (music, photo, video, sound );
    • crop images;
    • invert images;
    • monitor sound mixing;
    • elaborate recorded content index;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • apply filters;


    Sectors that hire Video operator the most in the job market

    • open television activities
    • professional and management development training
    • advertising agencies
    • movie, video and television program production activities
    • portals, content providers and other information services on the internet
    • activities of religious organizations
    • temporary labor lease
    • production of films for advertising
    • radio activities
    • preparatory courses for contests




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