Camera 1 is our dolly camera, located on the auditorium floor, left of the center sections. This camera position has twenty feet of dolly track that the Vinten Osprey Elite pedestal, equipped with wheels, travels upon. The pedestal is the same as those supporting the two center cameras. This camera position uses a Vinten Vision 250 pan and tilt head.
Pan & Tilt Head
The head has two tension dials for control of drag for panning and tilting. The dial on the left side of the head controls the tilt function, and the dial on the right side controls pan friction. The Vision 250 head is a fluid head, and as such requires some special attention on the part of the operator to make it work smoothly.
You will notice the black levers on the left side of the head. These two levers are brakes. Do not attempt to pan or tilt the camera without first releasing these brakes. Push down to release the brake. Push up to engage it.
Camera 1 is equipped with a Fujinon zoom lens with rear controls for manual focus and servo assisted zoom control. The zoom control has a dial for control of zoom speed. Keep the zoom speed set at the slowest setting on this camera unless you are instructed by the Director to increase the zoom speed.
There is also a large button labeled “VTR”, located on the top side of the zoom control. This is your push-to-talk button. Depress this button when you need to respond to the director.
On the underside of the zoom control handle is a button that enables the video return feature so that you can see the output of the video switcher.
For more details, please see Using Rear Controls.
Framing & Coverage
Camera 1 frames several important shots in our shooting scenario. It is used to cover frontline singers and musicians as well as some back-line musicians. It is used to dolly at pre-determined times under the instruction of the Director—we do not have our dolly camera operator freelancing shots and dolly moves.
There are two basic positions for Camera 1. Position 1 is located all the way left on the track, and Position 2 is far right. The Director will inform you of your starting position for each song and when to execute a dolly move.
When we are covering the preaching portion of the service you will remain in a predetermined position, ready to offer head-to-toe coverage of the person speaking.
Dolly Move Examples
Wide Dolly Move
Tight Dolly Move