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Turning Home Video into Pro Video > Turning Home Video into Pro Video - Pg. 47

zooming. Bracing your elbows against your sides helps. (If you pan too fast, you may create what's known as a swish pan--a blurry shot that's intended to be disori- enting, as when the main character, being chased through a crowd, is desperately turning his head this way and that in an effort to spot his pursuers.) · Avoid panning more than once in a shot. Make an effort not to perform such classic amateur maneuvers as the Pan/Linger/Pan or the Pan-to-the-Right, Get-Distracted, Pan-Back-to-the-Left. · If you're especially gifted with your camcorder, remember that you can also pan and zoom simultaneously. This, too, should be considered a special effect used rarely. But when you are, in fact, flming a closeup of somebody saying, "Look! The top of the building is exploding!" nothing is more effective than a smooth zoom out/pan up to the top of the building. · Practice the pan, tilt, or zoom a couple of times before rolling tape. Each time, the result will be smoother and less noticeable. · Be careful about panning when your camcorder's electronic image stabilizer (page 23) is turned on. If you're doing a slow pan when the camcorder is on a tripod (as it should be), the shot gets jittery and jumpy as the camera tries to hold onto (or "stabilize") one scene as you rotate a new one into view. If your camcorder is on Limit Zooming and Panning