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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 film, video and concert production companies, sound recording firms, theatre and dance companies, clubs, bands, multimedia companies, radio stations, television networks and video production and editing companies.
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- 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Audio and Video Recording Technicians in Halifax Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Currently the chances of qualified Audio and Video Recording Technicians finding employment are considered to be fair in the local area. This group works across a broad range of employers, which may be somewhat positive for the job seeker. There is an active film and entertainment industry in the area along with much of the provincial media and various companies involved in some sort of recording. However, stable employment may be hard to find with the work often part time, cyclical and competitive. Even when filming takes place locally, companies may use crews from elsewhere, and general cutbacks have occurred over the years in the television industry. Radio maintains an active presence in the area, but may not generate a lot of jobs at this level. Activity levels can be volatile and will likely continue to fluctuate with local independent production companies. Some opportunities appear to exist as well with companies that tape live events, DJ services,etc. but they may be sporadic in nature.
New technologies change the tasks of these technicians constantly, so upgraded technical skills are vital for workers.
In addition to employment opportunities locally, opportunities may exist in other areas of the province or in other regions of the country. People who are able to work elsewhere may want to research opportunities for this occupation in other labour markets within Nova Scotia and across the country. The future employment outlook for Audio and Video Recording Technicians in Nova Scotia is expected to be fair over the next 5 years.
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Local Labour Market News
Week of Mar 04 – Mar 08, 2013
- Ad-Dispatch, a Dartmouth-based company which creates digital characters for smartphones and other devices, has added about 10 staff over the last year and now employs almost 40 people
Week of Feb 11 – Feb 15, 2013
- Telecommunications company Eastlink has created more than 200 new jobs, mostly in Halifax, as it rolls out its new wireless service
Week of Aug 06 – Aug 10, 2012
Week of Mar 19 – Mar 23, 2012
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