16 Fluid and Remote Heads

Fluid heads in cameras give hands-on control. They are designed with springs and lubricants that give the camera operator a pan-and-tilt movement. They usually have adjustment levers or collars that can restrict or lessen the friction of each head—sort of like an adjustable power steering unit. Each operator will prefer a certain “feel” that enhances his or her movement of the camera. There are several designs out there in the film world; I will show you some of what I see used daily.

Remote heads are electronic heads that attach to cranes, dollies, or rigs. They are fast becoming preferred over having a person riding a crane and operating the camera. They have control wheels, a joystick, or even a fluid-type head with ...

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