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on-camera

[ on-kam-er-uh, -kam-ruh, awn- ]
/ ˈɒnˈkæm ər ə, -ˈkæm rə, ˈɔn- /
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adjective, adverb

within the range of a motion-picture or television camera; while being filmed or televised: on-camera blunders; The assassination happened on-camera.

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Origin of on-camera

First recorded in 1960–65
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Idioms and Phrases with on-camera

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.

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