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Video Specialist

Job Description
The Video Specialist is responsible for all encoding, video streaming, DVD programming/authoring, and media/network management for Documentary Educational Resources. Tasks within these responsibilities include:

Video encoding for a variety of purposes (web streaming, DSL, DCP, DVD, festival screenings, etc). Must be able to effectively communicate media restrictions (such as Standard Definition vs HD, aspect ratios, blended frames), and provide the best possible quality for clients. Knowledge of subtitling and closed captioning formats – .stl, .scc, .srt, .vtt. Must have a solid understanding of common video compression standards and formats – ProRes, MPEG2, H.264, etc.

Video Streaming
Maintenance of DER’s YouTube, Vimeo, and Vimeo on Demand video channels. Delivery of assets to streaming partners Alexander Street, Kanopy.

DVD Authoring
Working with the Director of Design and Media, produce, design, and author DVDs. Transcode multiple formats to NTSC DVD media utilizing Cinema Craft Encoder MP (including PAL to NTSC conversion). Program the menu navigation and DVD functions for each title. Must be familiar with what to look for when quality control checking a DVD.

Media Management
Collaborate with the Director of Design and Media to manage DER’s internal collection of digital media assets and videotape masters. Provide advice, knowledge, or insight to clients/colleagues/filmmakers in regards to any media questions.

Required Skills
• Davinci Resolve 15/16
• DCP-O-Matic
• DVD Studio Pro
• Final Cut Pro 7
Video Encoding for Streaming & DVD using Compressor and Cinema Craft Encoder
• Annotation Edit, Subtitle and Closed Captioning formats and conversion
• Office network (Mac and PC) and technology management, NAS/RAID
• Familiarity with a broad range of video and film formats and capture workflows

Preferred Skills
• Familiarity with streaming video platforms
Adobe Creative Suite – Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
• WordPress, HTML, CSS
• Mailchimp
• E-commerce software

About DER
Documentary Educational Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We sponsor, distribute, and promote quality ethnographic, documentary, and non-fiction films from around the world. We were founded in 1968 by independent filmmakers whose collaborations reflect a lifetime of engagement and respect for their subjects. Documentary Educational Resources’ films foster cross-cultural understanding through educational video and film.

To Apply
Email a cover letter and resume with a link to examples of your work, and three references to:


A DER internship is a great opportunity for students of filmmaking, anthropology, and the social sciences to develop skills and professional connections at an arts-based nonprofit. We aim to match an intern’s skills and interests with current projects, and interns typically take on projects in the areas of marketing, outreach, and acquisitions. We do not often assign interns to production or post production projects. DER internships are unpaid, but eligible for course credit. We offer internships to 2-3 students or recent graduates per semester. Please send a cover letter, résumé and two references to Alice Apley at



Documentary Educational Resources (DER) is the only independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization fostering creation, preservation, and engagement in cross-cultural documentary film. We connect filmmakers, educators and source communities through production support, distribution, and access to non-fiction media.

We have a variety of film distribution and marketing/outreach projects that can be tailored to interns’ specific skills and interests. The internship provides a great opportunity to learn about the changing business of educational media distribution and the history of documentary film in a small, friendly office atmosphere.


  • Participate in marketing strategy and promotion of new releases
  • Submit films to film festivals, academic journals, and conferences
  • Assist in social media outreach
  • Participate in film acquisitions meetings
  • Assist staff members in creating mailing and other marketing lists
  • Occasional general office tasks (Ie answer phone, pack DVD orders, etc.)

Interns must be able to commit a minimum of 15 hours/week (days and times are flexible). This internship is unpaid, but course credit is available. Above all, an interest in documentary film, educational resources and global cultures, and an eagerness to learn. Background/interest in education and/or anthropology a plus!


  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently according to instruction
  • Experience using social media platforms (Ie Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Proficiency in Google Suite and Microsoft Office

Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite applications, especially Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator a plus, Filemaker or other databases, but not necessary.

Interested candidates should send a one page cover letter of interest and resume to