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The Videomaker Guide to Video Production, 4th Edition by Videomaker

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17Switch It!

 

Edward B. Driscoll, Jr.

 

 

 

 

Choosing a video switcher is a significant decision for most video producers. While a video project’s cinematography determines what it looks like, it’s the video switcher that gives a multiple camera shoot its overall professional sheen. Video switchers (or video mixers, as they’re also known as) are particularly essential for a live production. A talented operator can use a switcher to blend on the fly individual video cameras with dissolves, wipes, and other effects, and frequently—but not always, as we’ll discuss in a few moments—the sound as well. For a video director, the switcher is practically like a musical instrument, and shot timing and dissolves are often timed for an almost rhythmic ...

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