This chapter assumes that you won’t actually be operating equipment yourself. So we will keep the technical detail to a minimum, enough for you to understand what is available, what it can do, what it can’t do and what you need to be thinking about to make your operators’ lives as straightforward as possible. We are going to assume that you are shooting on Beta SP.


If you have ever used a domestic camcorder, you will find that the basic controls on a professional video camera are not so very different. At the front of the lens is the focus ring and just behind it is the zoom ring. To focus on a particular object the operator zooms in as tight as possible on that object, focuses on it and then zooms ...

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