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Turning Home Video into Pro Video > Turning Home Video into Pro Video - Pg. 46

Limit Zooming and Panning Panning and Tilting Panning is rotating the camera while recording--either horizontally, to take in a scene that's too wide to ft in one lens-full, or vertically (called tilting), to take in a scene that's too tall. In general, panning is justifable more often than zooming is. Sometimes, as when you're flming a landscape, a skyscraper, or a moving object, you have no alterna- tive. Standard camcorder lenses simply aren't wide-angle enough to capture grand panoramas in one shot, much to the frustration of anyone who's tried to flm New Zealand landscapes, New York skyscrapers, or the Grand Canyon. Even so, some of the guidelines listed above for zooming also apply to panning: · Pan only when you have good reason to do so. One of the most common reasons to pan is to track a moving target as it moves through space. (Interestingly, profes- sionals pan most of the time from left to right, the way people read, except when a shot is meant to be deliberately disturbing.) In fact, almost any pan looks better if there's something that "motivates" the camera movement. A car, train, bird fying, person walking, or anything else that draws the eye justifes the pan and gives a sense of scale to the image.