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Camera Dept Terminology

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

Cameras are common in live event production, now more than ever with the increasing popularity of virtual events. Digital content is captured for a variety of reasons including image magnification, broadcast, post-production editing or archival purpose, just to name a few.

Camera Operator Direction

Ready Next camera to be cut (live) to program out Standby Next camera to be dissolved (live) to program out Take/Cut Ready camera is quickly cut to program out Dissolve/Mix Standby camera is slowly dissolved to program out

Camera Movements

Composition/Framing

Camera Mechanisms

Additional Terms

Operating a camera in a live, virtual or hybrid show environment can be fast paced and overwhelming. The more familiar you are with common camera operation terminology, the more effective you will be as an operator or understanding how to produce effective content.


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