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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Jibs and Cranes

As useful as the pedestal mounting is for everyday productions, there will always be situations where you need even greater flexibility. When you are shooting a dance sequence, a rock group, a drama production, or an orchestra for example, you often want:

•  Greatly increased camera heights – positioning the camera some 10 ft. (3 m) or more above the action.

•  Rapid vertical movements – which allow the camera to rise quickly and soar over the action; or to swoop down from a height; or to move in from a high distant viewpoint to join the performers.

Sideways movements – in which the camera gently repositions its viewpoint; or dramatically sweeps across as the action develops.

The camera cranes originally developed for film production ...

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