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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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The Viewfinder

Your camera’s viewfinder is a vital link in good picture-making:

•  It shows exactly how much of the scene is visible in the shot – to ensure that no unwanted subjects (e.g. the microphone, or bystanders) are accidentally included within the picture.

•  It enables you to arrange the shot accurately within the frame, composing the picture for maximum impact.

•  It shows you exactly how much of the shot is sharply focused.

•  It helps you to judge exposure and picture quality as you shoot.

•  It can help when matching shots to other cameras; e.g. by showing their outputs combined with your own picture.

•  Particularly when working in the field, it can be useful to monitor videotape playback of the scene you have just recorded.

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