Dubbing Machine Operator

Tends machines that play back recordings to facilitate synchronization.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dubbing Machine Operators do?

Tends film or magnetic tape dubbing machines that play back recordings of music, dialogue, or sound effects to facilitate synchronization of sound motion-picture film action by RERECORDING MIXER: Loads reels of film or tape onto machine and passes lead-end over and around sprockets, wheels, tension rollers, and magnetic tape head or over photo-electric cell apertures. Starts machines, unwinds film or tape, and stops machine when mark on tape or film indicates beginning of sound. Switches machine to automatic for control by RERECORDING MIXER. Informs RERECORDING MIXER that machines are loaded and ready for playback. Removes reels when recordings are finished and rewinds tape or film onto original reel.

Should I be a Dubbing Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Dubbing Machine Operator

    Dubbing Machine Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Dubbing Machine Operator-related education!
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