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off camera

1. Outside of the view of a camera's lens during a photo or video recording. Hyphenated if used before a noun. You can see the suspect signaling someone off camera just before the end of the clip.
2. While not being filmed or photographed. Hyphenated if used before a noun. The two fighters play up their supposed feud for the sake of television dramatics, but they're actually great friends off camera. The off-camera antics of the actor during the making of the film has led to a reluctance by many to work with him in the future.
See also: camera, off

on camera

1. Within the view of a camera's lens during a photo or video recording. Hyphenated if used before a noun. You can see the suspect signaling someone on camera just before the blast.
2. While being filmed or photographed. Hyphenated if used before a noun. The two wrestlers play up their on-camera feud for the sake of television dramatics, but they're actually great friends in real life. He is renowned for his calm, dignified demeanor on camera, but the famous talk show host is a rather brash loudmouth in person.
See also: camera, on

in camera

In private. This phrase comes from Latin and means "in the chamber." We need to meet in camera so that the paparazzi don't see us together.
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shaky camera

A cinematographic technique in which the camera is operated by hand, as opposed to being fixed on a mount, resulting in a jerky, unstable image. This is done to emulate a first-person perspective or imitate what an ordinary person might have captured on a handheld camcorder in order to create a sense of immersion or heighten the sense of excitement, terror, urgency, etc. I'm really sick of the trend in recent horror movies to have the whole thing filmed in shaky camera. It isn't scary, it's just nauseating! It just felt like the shaky camera was a cheap way for the filmmakers to give the documentary a sense of authenticity. The director uses shaky camera to give the audience a glimpse into the protagonist's point of view during especially emotional scenes.
See also: camera, shaky

on camera

Being filmed, as in When the talk-show host began, I wasn't sure if we were on camera. This usage dates from the first half of the 1900s, soon after the birth of motion-picture and television filming. The same is true of the antonym off camera, meaning "outside the view of a movie or TV camera," as in Go ahead and scratch-we're off camera now.
See also: camera, on

on ˈcamera

being filmed or shown on television: Are you prepared to tell your story on camera?
See also: camera, on

in camera

Outside of the public view: The committee met in camera to discuss the report.
See also: camera

off camera

Outside the field of view of a movie camera.
See also: camera, off

on camera

Within the field of view of a movie camera.
See also: camera, on
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