An audiovisual production specialist operates production equipment, such as lights, cameras, and microphones. This job can be full-time or part-time, but it can also be an on-call or freelance. It is important to be familiar with the various equipment that is used and to be able to perform maintenance and minor troubleshooting on it.
In some cases, the specialist will be involved in the directing and scripting process. The specialist should be present during the production and may have to make adjustments based on audience reaction. Prior to carrying out a production, the specialist will have to set up the equipment. Therefore, the ability to lift heavy items is important. The ability to use hand and power tools may be necessary to install some types of audiovisual equipment. Strong customer service skills are often necessary to accumulate clients.
Many jobs only require adequate experience, while others require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a related field. Problem-solving skills are needed to adapt to different venues. The audiovisual part of the production might be important in providing a certain ambiance, so it often requires some creativity. Some jobs will require the specialist to be proficient with graphics and animation software to create certain effects. It is important to keep up to date with developments in the field to be able to incorporate new techniques and equipment into productions.
Audiovisual Production Specialist Tasks
Set up, test, operate and calibrate audio and visual equipment for live meetings and recordings.
Train and work with staff to ensure appropriate usage of audio visual equipment.
Design and oversee audio visual events, both regular and special.
Create, test, and edit presentations and other multi-format materials.
Troubleshoot and resolve audio and visual problems.