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Definition of Term

  • CRANE / JIB: A long arm or boom which can move a camera above a scene for overhead shots.
  • DOLLY SUPPORT: A wheeled camera platform used to make smooth moving shots, sometimes used with tracks.
  • FLUID HEAD: A tripod head that consists of two metal plates separated by a layer of fluid making movement very smooth.
  • FRICTION HEAD: A tripod head that uses a tightening screw or lever to make adjustments that are held using friction.
  • GLIDECAM / STEADYCAM: A camera mounting device that attaches to a harness worn by the operator to stabilze the image while walking.
  • PEDESTAL: A heavy camera support that, like a tripod can smoothly move stright up and down typically used in a TV studio.
  • PRE-FOCUS: Three step process: 1) Zoom in on the furthest object on the set that must be in focus. 2) Focus the camera on that object. 3) Zoom the lens back out.
  • TRIPOD: A three-legged stand that supports a camera.