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Different camera control units range in complexity and the things they are able to do. However, you will find that there are a number of adjustable elements common to many of the different units. These include things such as adjusting the iris and the color temperature filters, as well as the neutral density filter. They can choose black level trim, gain trim, and master gain. Some have preset features that you can use to change the settings on a camera quickly.
How camera control units work
The camera control unit will have connections for a number of cameras, and it will connect to monitors, so the users can see what’s happening with each of the cameras. They will then be able to adjust the controls on the unit to change the settings on the camera, allowing for remote operation of many parts of the camera.
About camera control units
A camera control unit is a major element in live television production, and it makes controlling what actually happens with the cameras attached to the unit simple. When you attach multiple cameras, it will be possible to match them, which means they will all be using the same color balance and intensity. This is more efficient and more accurate than having individual camera operators doing it. The camera operators will not have to worry about adjusting the iris either, since you can do this from the control unit. This leaves the operators to handle some of the more artistic aspects, such as blocking shots and proper image composition.