Without being in the audio visual (AV) industry… it can be difficult to understand all of the terminology you see on different proposals and estimates.
Here’s a rundown of some of the different types of AV positions that you might see on your next bid:
A1 and A2: These are audio engineers who are responsible for setting up and operating the audio equipment for the event. The A1 is the lead audio engineer, while the A2 is the assistant audio engineer.
L1 and L2: These are lighting engineers who are responsible for setting up and operating the lighting systems for the event. The L1 is the lead lighting engineer, while the L2 is the assistant lighting engineer.
V1 and V2: These are video engineers who are responsible for setting up and operating the video systems for the event. The V1 is the lead video engineer, while the V2 is the assistant video engineer.
Graphics Operator: This person is responsible for operating any graphics or visual effects systems that are used during the event.
Up Rigger and Down Rigger: These people are responsible for setting up and tearing down the rigging systems that support lighting, audio, and other equipment at the event.
Master Electrician: This person is responsible for overseeing the electrical systems at the event and ensuring that they are properly installed and maintained.
Technical Director (TD): This person is responsible for coordinating all of the technical aspects of the event, including audio, lighting, video, and other systems.
Producer: This person is responsible for overseeing the production of the event, including coordinating the various AV and technical teams. They are usually giving creative direction an input to make the event more impactful.
Production Assistant: This person assists the producer and other members of the production team with various tasks, such as setting up equipment and managing logistics.
Loader: This person is responsible for loading and unloading equipment from the trucks.
Stage Hand: This person assists with setting up and tearing down all aspects of the event.