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Camera Moves

This page outlines the standard types of camera movement in film and video. In the real world, many camera moves use a combination of these techniques simultaneously.

Crab A less-common term for tracking or trucking.
Dolly The camera is mounted on a cart which travels along tracks for a very smooth movement. Also known as a tracking shot or trucking shot.
Dolly Zoom A technique in which the camera moves closer or further from the subject while simultaneously adjusting the zoom angle to keep the subject the same size in the frame.
Follow The camera physically follows the subject at a more or less constant distance.
Pan Horizontal movement, left and right.
Pedestal (Ped) Moving the camera position vertically with respect to the subject.
Tilt Vertical movement of the camera angle, i.e. pointing the camera up and down (as opposed to moving the whole camera up and down).
Track Roughly synonymous with the dolly shot, but often defined more specifically as movement which stays a constant distance from the action, especially side-to-side movement.
Truck Another term for tracking or dollying.
Zoom Technically this isn't a camera move, but a change in the lens focal length with gives the illusion of moving the camera closer or further away.
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