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The Videomaker Guide to Video Production, 5th Edition by Videomaker

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14 Choosing a Video Switcher

Ed Driscoll

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Figure 14-1

Finding the best video switcher that’ll go the distance.

Choosing a video switcher is a significant decision for most video producers. While a video project’s cinematography determines what it looks like, it’s the video switcher that gives a multiple camera shoot its overall professional sheen. Video switchers, also known as video mixers, are particularly essential for a live production. A talented operator can use a switcher to blend individual video cameras on the fly with dissolves, wipes, and other effects, and frequently—but not always, as we’ll discuss in a few moments—the sound as well. ...

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