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1.1 What Is a Pan?

The pan is arguably the most common camera movement. This video shows what a pan looks like, and introduces what you'll learn in this course.

1.1 What Is a Pan?

[MUSIC] Hi and welcome to Creative Camera Movement. I'm Cindy Burgess for Tuts+. In this session, we're going to focus on what's arguably the most common camera move in film and video, the pan. Pan is actually short for panorama. By definition, a panorama is an unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area. Think of a panoramic photograph. The same idea is behind this video move. A pan is a horizontal movement. The camera stays in one place, usually on a tripod and swivels from left to right or vice versa. It can even be rotated 360 degrees to show the entire field of vision. So why do we use pans in video and film? Stay tuned to find out.

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