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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Camera Movement

The camera may need to move at speeds from an almost imperceptible ‘creep’ to a rapid dash – smoothly, accurately and safely.

Ultra-lightweight mountings

If a camera mounting is ultra-lightweight (e.g. a flimsy rolling tripod), camera judder or swaying shots during movement are not easily avoided; especially if the camera is much lower or higher than eye-level. Where possible, give the dolly a slight push in the appropriate direction while off shot. This aligns its casters, and avoids an initial jerk on moving.

Heavy mountings

Take care not to strain yourself when operating a studio pedestal that relies on heavy internal counterbalance weights. A rather cumbersome mounting, it requires some effort to get it moving and to stop. ...

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