Thought that I might get some answers here!!!
I've been working as an event videographer for many years using digital cameras, FCP and AE. I always wanted to work for a TV station but as you all know it's hard to get in.
I finally get an offer for a 3 day internship as a VTR Betacam Operator but I am not sure of what a VTR operator does. I've been searching the internet but all I get is an image of the VTR which does not help me a whole lot! I would like to impress them so that they would think of me for a futur position. Can anyone help me in explaining what a vtr operator does exactly and if the VTR Betacam SP is hard to figure out?
I've never actually heard that term used VTR Betacam Operator. I've heard VTR Operator, Tape Operator, Betacam Operator (usually means shooter).
I would presume that it is a tape Operator working with Betacam tape Decks record and playback, that covers a wide spectrum of models. It is not a difficult machine to learn if going in as an intern, you are not expected to already know everything about it, or you would be hired not interning. If the person you are interning with has any sense of responsibility and pride, he or she should be willing to answer any questions, and I always wanted my interns to ask many, if you don't ask you don't learn. The only dumb questions are the ones not asked cause you didn't learn anything by not asking.