A videographer operates film or video camera equipment. Their role varies depending on their employer and position. For example, news organizations use videographers to operate the cameras and video equipment for live and taped stories. Some videographers work as part of a studio doing special parties and celebrations. Large companies may have videographers to help with filmed documentation of training procedures, store openings, or other important occasions.
Videographers must be familiar with industry-standard equipment and be able to carry out all aspects of filming. The videographer must also have a good eye for detail and be able to help facilitate the best angles and lighting for the video production.
The other side of this job involves editing, and a videographer must have outstanding editing skills. This may involve manual film editing. However, videographers most likely use editing software to bring footage together in a way that is visually attractive and facilitates the best presentation of the video or project.
The videographer normally works on site when shooting, and then in the studio when editing. Travel is necessary, because events take place at a variety of hours and days.
For many companies (such as news organizations or large photography/videography studios), the education requirement for a videographer is a bachelor’s degree in communications or a related field; vocational and technical schools also may offer equivalent education.
- Develop project concepts from scriptwriting to look and feel.
- Edit and add content to videos, including branding and advertising.
- Track, report, and analyze budget and schedules.
- Create videos, including shooting video, picking a layout and style, and developing content.