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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Dolly Shots

‘Dolly’ is the general term for any wheeled camera mounting. As this camera mounting moves to and from the subject, we dolly in (track in) or dolly out (track out).

Tracking lines

The dolly wheels can be steered in a straight tracking line, a curved track, or in an arc round the subject. As we saw earlier, pedestals can have two modes – dolly and crab. Where camera moves or camera positions are critical, you may find it helpful to draw discrete guide marks on the floor in removable chalk or crayon at strategic points.

The effect of dollying

Unlike the action of zooming, which simply expands and contracts the same image, dolly shots take us within the scene, passing various objects as we travel. We see the interaction of planes as ...

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