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Media Production Engineer



Marketing & Communications
Irvine, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024


Role Number:200554258
Apple is where individual imaginations gather together, committing to the values that lead to great work. Every new product we build, service we create, or Apple Store experience we deliver is the result of us making each other's ideas stronger. That happens because every one of us shares a belief that we can make something wonderful and share it with the world, changing lives for the better. It's the diversity of our people and their thinking that inspires the innovation that runs through everything we do. When we bring everybody in, we can do the best work of our lives. Here, you'll do more than join something — you'll add something. Apple Vision Pro is a revolutionary spatial computer that seamlessly blends digital content with your physical space. It will allow us to do the things we love in ways never before possible — all while staying connected to the people around us. Apple is looking for a Media Production Engineer with a track record of delivering outstanding video, audio and IT support for live event productions. This engineer will lead the technical operation and management of various OB trucks, flight packs, production operations centers, studios and other media production systems. The candidate will be the go-to technical resource for identifying future production trends to ensure the content creation systems always exceed the creative, technical and meticulous quality standards required of Apple production. If working with groundbreaking technology and supporting unique productions sounds familiar, this could be the opportunity you’ve been working towards!


You will join a team of technical and creative partners working on a wide variety of projects for Apple. In support of these efforts, you will exercise your previous production engineering expertise for initial system design, deployment, on-site user operation, and post-operational support of various media production technologies used to enable content collection. You will work closely with the production technology, R&D, and content teams to ensure the creative vision is well supported by groundbreaking technical solutions. As a primary technical resource for each event, you will be actively involved with the technical care & operation of mobile OB units, flight packs, audio production infrastructure, video production infrastructure, operations centers, and other media production systems in highly dynamic and time critical production environments. You will be expected to solve complex technological and creative workflow challenges in real time, while working closely with production staff to clearly communicate issues and offer solutions on the fly. This role will also serve as a domain authority and a savvy, hands-on technician. We are looking for someone to keep up on the latest and greatest in media production technology to engineer improvements to current workflow, bring up of R&D and test systems, as well as work with internal and external engineering teams and technology vendors to drive innovation in next generation media production capabilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5+ years working in the following areas:
  • Operating, architecting, or leading professional grade production systems such as OB production trucks, flight packs, video and/or audio production facilities, transmission operation centers, or other technical environments during high profile sports, music, or entertainment productions.
  • Hands on operational experience and technical expertise working with UHD, HDR, HFR, and IP based video and audio production technology.
  • Technical commissioning, user operation, and in-situ solving of media production hardware, software and protocols typical of media production environments.
  • Conducting quality control of all production elements such as camera and audio feeds, serial and IP data, graphics, and encoded contribution feeds.
  • Excellent solving skills while under time and resource constraints with strong prioritization and triage skills.
  • Working in international, highly metropolitan, and underdeveloped locations as key technical production staff. This role may require *50% travel both domestically & internationally. It will be physically demanding at all times.

Key Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience architecting, operating, or servicing live broadcast production facilities.
  • Experience working with tools included but not limited to: video switchers, media routers, graphics engines, audio consoles, comms systems, video replay, NLE & DAW systems, media encoders & transport mechanisms, monitoring & telemetry, fiber based A/V transport.
  • Strong familiarity with SMPTE 2110 IP audio and video workflows.
  • Strong IT skills as applicable to typical media production engineering tasks - Layer 2 and Layer 3 IP networking and standards, IPv4 addressing, multicast routing, PTP, SNMP, and IGMP/PIM.
  • Experience with ‘ground up’ system design and system integration.
  • Experience in REMI (remote integration) based production environments.
  • QC of media signals in a media production environment for noise, compression artifacts, sensor based issues, quantization errors, aliasing, audio/video sync, etc.

Education & Experience

Additional Requirements

Pay & Benefits

  • Apple is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Learn more about your EEO rights as an applicant.