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Chapter 6: Camera Operation & Picture Composition. Working with the Studio Camera. Studio camera is always mounted on a camera support Usually studio pedestal All electronic adjustments are made by you Adjustments made at the CCU. Steps to perform. Before the Show Headsets

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Chapter 6 camera operation picture composition

Chapter 6: Camera Operation & Picture Composition

Chapter 6


Working with the studio camera

Working with the Studio Camera

  • Studio camera is always mounted on a camera support

    • Usually studio pedestal

    • All electronic adjustments are made by you

    • Adjustments made at the CCU

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Steps to perform

Steps to perform

  • Before the Show

    • Headsets

      • Put on the headset

      • Check intercom system is functioning.

      • Should hear the director

    • Camera

      • Unlock pan-and-tilt mechanism on camera

      • Adjust the drag

      • Check camera is balanced

      • Unlock the pedestal. Work on pedestal up and down

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Steps to perform1

Steps to Perform

  • Before the Show

    • Camera Cable

      • How much do you have

      • Any obstacles

      • Remember: Move cable out of the way. Don’t run over it

    • Zoom lens

      • Check lens

      • Zoom in and out

      • Any problems? Full range?

      • Preset a few zoom positions.

      • Is the lens clean?

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Steps to perform2

Steps to Perform

  • Before the show

    • Rack focus

      • Move from one extreme to the next.

      • Can you do so easily? Smoothly?

    • Calibrate the zoom

      • Zoom all the way in on the target object in zoom range

      • Focus on far object

      • Zoom all the way back to the widest-angle setting

      • Should now remain in focus

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Steps to perform3

Steps to Perform

  • Before the Show

    • If have a shot sheet, practice

    • If teleprompter, if it functional?

    • If you leave your camera – LOCK IT DOWN

    • Do not leave camera unlocked and walk away.

    • Consider locking “parking brake” too

    • Cap camera if leaving for substantial periods

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During the show

During the Show

  • Put on headset

  • Do you hear the director

  • Unlock the camera

  • Recheck pan and tilt

  • Focus:

    • If on a person, focus on the hairline – determine the sharpest focus.

    • Or focus on the eyes.

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During the show1

During the Show

  • If you will dolly with a zoom,

    • Set lens at the wide angle position

    • Preset focus midpoint of dolly distance

    • Dollying the camera

      • Start slowly to overcome inertia

      • Slow down just before the end of the dolly or truck

      • If you have a difficult truck or arc, get the floor director or P.A. to assist.

      • Concentrate on camera operation

      • Keep both hands on panning handles.

      • Keep your had on the focus control. Steer with other hand.

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During the show2

During the Show

  • If you pedestal up or down, brake the camera before it hits the highest or lowest level

  • Generally keep shots at talents eye level.

  • Before a dolly, determine the approximate reach of the camera cable.

  • If moving, put the extra cable over your shoulder or on the pedestal. Don’t hold it in your hands.

  • Avoid dragging cable. Sound may be picked up on camera.

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During the show3

During the Show

  • During shoot, be aware of all movemet around you:

    • Where are the other cameras?

    • Where are the microphones?

    • Where is the floor monitor?

    • Where are classmates? Talent?

    • Watch scenery, props, lights, rugs

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During the show4

During the Show

  • In general, keep eyes on the viewfinder.

  • When your camera is not HOT, look for the next shot.

  • Ad-lib the shot sheet, unless told otherwise by the director

  • Watch your tally light. When your camera is hot, DO NOT refocus zoom or change shot unless told to by director.

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During the show5

During the Show

  • During rehearsal, notice any problems.

    • Focus

    • Camera shadow

  • Remember the type and sequence of shots director has requested.

  • Make a not of the shot sheet for the other camera.

  • When one shot is done, move to the next, unless told otherwise by the director.

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During the show6

During the Show

  • Work with talent, director and floor director to mark critical camera positions and talent positions on the floor.

    • From this position, set the zoom

  • Listen to what the director calls for all camera operators, not just you.

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After the show

After the Show

  • Wait for all clear signal

  • Move camera to a safe location in studio

  • Lock the camera

  • Coil cable in a figure 8

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