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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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In Action

All members of the camera and sound crew on the studio floor wear headsets. Through these they receive the general production intercom (talkback) and the program audio.

This may be a communal system, in which everyone on the intercom circuit is heard. In another arrangement, the studio team hear just the director and an assistant. Other production-team members (technical director, video engineers, etc.) use access-keys or separate private-wire circuits to talk to the crew. Cameras can reply over their headset microphones, or on a nearby studio microphone.

During rehearsal

It is best to keep instructions or discussion brief on intercom. A lot of unnecessary chat can be tiring to listen to. People tend to ‘switch off’ mentally, and assume ...

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