Common AV Audio Visual and Event Positions and Industry Terms

When it comes to AV (Audio-Visual) services for events, the range of positions required can be extensive, reflecting the complexity and technical demands of modern event production. Let's explore each position in detail:

Common AV and event industry terms:

A1 (Audio Engineer): An A1 is the primary audio engineer responsible for designing, setting up, and operating the sound system for the event. They ensure the quality and clarity of sound throughout the venue.

A2 (Audio Engineer Assist): A2s assist the A1 in setting up and operating audio equipment. They may handle tasks like mic placement, cable routing, and troubleshooting.

AV Tech Set/Strike: These technicians specialize in setting up and dismantling AV equipment, including speakers, projectors, screens, and other audiovisual components.

Common AV Audio Visual and Event Positions and Industry Terms

 

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AV Tech Floater: Floater technicians provide support where needed, assisting with setup, troubleshooting, and any other tasks required to ensure smooth AV operations.

AV Tech Operator: These operators handle the operation of various AV equipment during the event, such as mixers, amplifiers, and playback devices.

Camera Operator: Camera operators capture video footage of the event from various angles and perspectives, ensuring dynamic and engaging visual content.

Scenic Carpenter/Master Carpenter: Carpenters construct and install scenic elements such as stages, platforms, sets, and props, contributing to the overall aesthetic of the event.

Computer Network Tech/Computer Technician: These technicians manage the setup and maintenance of computer networks, servers, and other IT infrastructure required for AV operations.

LED Wall Tech/LED Wall Programmer: Specialists in LED walls handle the setup, programming, and operation of LED video walls, ensuring optimal display quality.

Lighting Designer (LD)/L1 (Lighting Engineer)/L2 (Lighting Assist): Lighting designers create the overall lighting concept for the event, while L1 and L2 engineers assist with setup, operation, and maintenance of lighting equipment.

ME (Master Electrician): Master electricians oversee electrical installations and ensure compliance with safety regulations, particularly concerning lighting and power distribution.

Labor Coordinator: Labor coordinators manage the scheduling, deployment, and supervision of AV technicians and other event staff.

Projectionist/Projectionist Blend/Projectionist Warping: Projectionists handle the setup, alignment, and operation of projectors and projection mapping systems to display visual content.

PowerPoint Designer/PowerPoint Operator: These professionals create and operate PowerPoint presentations or other digital media used during the event.

Project Manager: Project managers oversee all aspects of AV production, from planning and budgeting to execution and evaluation.

Stagehand: Stagehands assist with various tasks, including stage setup, equipment transportation, and backstage support.

Spot Operator: Spot operators control spotlights to illuminate performers or speakers on stage.

Playback Pro Operator / Digital Media: Operators responsible for managing and cueing up digital media files, such as videos, music, or presentations, for playback during the event.

Common AV Audio Visual and Event Positions and Industry Terms

Truck Loader: Truck loaders handle the loading and unloading of AV equipment onto trucks for transportation to and from the event venue.

Technical Director: The technical director oversees the overall technical aspects of the event, coordinating between different AV teams and ensuring smooth execution of the production.

V1 Hi-End Switcher/V1 Switcher with Controller or Cameras/V2 (Video Engineer Assist): Video engineers operate video switchers and controllers, managing live video feeds, camera angles, and transitions.

Working Lead: Working leads supervise teams of AV technicians, providing guidance and support throughout the event.

On-Site Non-Working Call Steward: Stewards ensure that all staff members check in and out properly, manage attendance records, and handle any administrative tasks related to staffing.

Each of these positions plays a crucial role in delivering a seamless and immersive audiovisual experience for event attendees, demonstrating the depth and specialization within the AV industry. Whether it's crafting captivating visuals, orchestrating pristine sound, or ensuring flawless technical execution, these professionals work together to create unforgettable events.

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