Video Out Digitizing Technician

  • Deadline:
    Jan. 2, 2017, 5 p.m.
  • Location:
    VIVO Media Arts Centre Video Out Distribution 2625 Kaslo St. Vancouver, BC, CANADA

This is a part-time staff position paid on a bi-weekly basis, responsible for assisting in the technical aspects of Video Out, VIVO’s distribution department. This role completes tasks that
range from file transferring, video digitizing, encoding, data organizing, and archive management. This position reports to Video Out’s Distribution and Outreach Manager and
VIVO’s Management Collective.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

● Digitize tapes in the distribution collection upon order requests, converting formats
from ½”, ¾”, VHS, Beta, BetaSP, DVCam, and Hi-8 (among others) to .mov, .mp4,
DVD, or Blu-Ray
● Digitize tapes from the archive collection on a casual basis
● Act as key point person for external digitizing projects
● Coordinate technical set-up for digitization
● Research and implement new digital reformatting workflows, procedures, and quality
controls to maintain/improve efficiency and quality over time
● Research and select appropriate hardware and software upgrades in close
collaboration with the Archive Committee and Technical Coordinator

Video Distribution Responsibilities:
● Respond to video file transfer requests to festivals, galleries, and libraries
● DVD authorization
● Accession news works in Video Out’s distribution collection
● Database management (Filemaker Pro)
● Contributes to content on Video Out’s public accounts (VIMEO and
● Provide support to staff related to digital exhibition of Video Out distributed material

Collection Management:
● Maintain and modify existing video archive system
● Archive video documentation of VIVO events and exhibitions
● Archival care and handling of legacy videotapes
● Perform treatments on collection materials including inspection, cleaning, and

● Enthusiasm for video art; experience in non-profit and artist-run cultures an asset
● Eager to learn emerging technology
● Strong attention to detail
● Excellent technical problem-solving skills
● Expert knowledge of a variety of analogue video formats and video decks
● Expert knowledge of video and audio codecs including, H.264, ProRes 422, and
● Knowledge of obsolete video carriers, playback equipment and transfer technologies
● Familiarity with LTO Archiving technology
● Familiarity with A/V analogue and digital patchbay and video capture cards
● Familiarity with video editing and design software; Final Cut Pro/X, Adobe Premiere,
Adobe CC Design
● Knowledge of database management systems an asset
● Knowledge of metadata standards an asset
● Hands-on experience in a video archive or experience digitally preserving
audiovisual collections an asset
● Experience with audio remastering an asset

Preference will be given to candidates who have a strong desire to build their knowledge of audio-visual preservation and candidates that can work additional hours when digitization projects come available.

Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter outlining suitability to the position to, attn: Video Out Technician Hiring Committee by 5pm, January 2nd, 2017. Please compile CV and cover letter into 1 .pdf document.

The Satellite Video Exchange Society/VIVO is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from representatives of self-identified underserved communities.

We thank all who express interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Interviews will be held on January 5th and 6th 2017.