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Video Camera Techniques, 2nd Edition by Gerald Millerson

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Shooting Graphics

Many graphics and titles are now generated electronically, but there are still regular situations where title cards, lists, maps, charts, tables, insert stills, etc., are set up in front of a camera in the studio for speed and convenience.

Graphics can be supported in several ways – on easels, caption stands, music stands, or attached to a scenic flat. They are usually mounted on thick black card. Typical sizes are 30 × 23 cm to 61 × 46 cm (12 × 9 in to 24 × 18 in).

Graphics are often just put into some available light and shot rather-casually. But perfectly good artwork can appear unsharp, distorted, shaded, tilted, with distracting light patches if it is not handled correctly.

Lining up graphics

Make sure that your camera ...

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