Production Engineer

Los Angeles, USA


Production Engineer

The Media Production Engineer is responsible for providing engineering expertise to the Post-Production & Media Operations group, including troubleshooting support for issues encountered by the production team and providing appropriate resolutions in a timely manner. In addition, the Media Production Engineer is responsible for assessing and processing all rejections that happen against the department’s deliveries, both in technical and operational context.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Identify, prioritize, resolve, document and communicate both technical and operational issues providing overall Quality Control of daily operations.
  • Estimate problem resolution times, either independently or in collaboration with other team members. Adequately communicating and managing the expectations of clients.
  • Lead effort in investigating client rejections, providing production with root cause and course of correction.
  • Provide support and troubleshooting to production groups on a day-to-day basis.
  • Train production groups on newly onboarded workflows.
  • Set-up and execution of workflows and profiles for one-off media jobs.
  • Support role for excessive production work
  • Conduct training for operational personnel, of new procedures and projects.
  • Set up, operate and test a wide variety of video, audio and metadata applications running on both hardware and software.
  • Other duties as needed.

Capabilities & Skills

  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with various stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of A/V processing tools, metadata handling and creation tools, and the post-production environment.
  • Advanced computer skills and the ability to understand and work with a variety of software tools in a production environment .
  • Familiarity with computer system networking concepts and terminology.
  • Knowledge of the technical specifications and their uses (.e.g. codecs, wrappers, VBI, closed captioning, frame rates, aspect ratios, bit rates, color space, GOP structures, standards conversion and metadata).
  • Ability to act as a subject matter expert when a production tool is developed by the in-house application development team.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed.
  • Ability to work onsite to fulfill daily operational support needs.

  • Experience with content transformation applications such as Adobe Premiere, Vantage, Rhozet and ProTools, along with know-how on file transport technologies such as Aspera, Signiant, Smartjog and FTP.
  • Experience working in a post-production environment, preferably with experience with post-production hardware such as tape decks, vector scopes, captioning, text inserters, signal flow and patch-bays.
  • Understanding of IP addressing, permissions, networking concepts and terminology.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Advanced degree or comparable work experience in media/video/audio realm.

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