pan over

pan over

To rotate the field of view of a video camera or the view on a screen. Make sure you pan over at some point so we can see the crowds of protesters standing at the gates. As the camera begins panning over, a police officer suddenly puts her hand over the lens. As the film pans over the length and breadth of the Grand Canyon, you can really feel its sheer size and majesty.
See also: over, pan

pan over someone or something

to turn or rotate a film or television camera so that the picture moves across a view of someone or something. The camera panned over the skyline, picking up interesting cloud formations. It panned over Roger as if he weren't there—which is exactly the effect the director wanted.
See also: over, pan
References in classic literature ?
He placed a little pan over a foot warmer full of hot coals.