tracking shot

   In video and cinematography, a film segment photographed with a camera moving steadily along a track or on a dolly, usually following a subject's movement. This term has been in use since about 1940. It's also called a trucking shot, or dollying with. A tracking shot should be compared to a zooming shot, but is different from it in significant though subtle ways. A tracking shot can be combined with other kinds of movement, as when the camera is attached to a crane, allowing it to rise or fall as it is tracking. When shooting while walking with a camera produces unwanted vibrations, a camera operator might employ a Steadicam to smooth out such jerkiness. Also see blow-up, close-up, depth of field, direction, enlarging, jump cut, field of view, pan, panning shot, straight, tilt, and wide-angle shot.

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  • Tracking shot — During filming of The Alamo, a tracking shot was used during a battle scene In motion picture terminology, a tracking shot (also known as a dolly shot or trucking shot) is a segment in which the camera is mounted on a camera dolly, a wheeled… …   Wikipedia

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  • tracking shot — noun Etymology: tracking from present participle of track (II) : trucking shot * * * Motion Pictures, Television. See dolly shot. Also called trucking shot. [1940 45] * * * tracking s …   Useful english dictionary

  • tracking shot — Motion Pictures, Television. See dolly shot. Also called trucking shot. [1940 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • tracking shot — track′ing shot n. sbz a camera shot taken from a moving dolly …   From formal English to slang

  • tracking shot — /ˈtrækɪŋ ʃɒt/ (say traking shot) noun TV, Film a shot taken with the camera moving on a truck or trolley …   Australian English dictionary

  • tracking shot — noun Date: circa 1940 a scene photographed from a moving dolly …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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