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#1 Amelie Sarrail

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 12:07 PM

Hello everyone!
I'm a translator, and I'm currently translating a making-of.
At some point, the director says:

""Roll again please, live, standby, and roll "

and:

"Stand by, rolling video, action."

Could someone explain me what theses two sentences mean? I don't have a clue.

What does "roll" mean and "live" mean ?

Thanks a million times!

Amélie
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 12:52 PM

They sound like a mixed up series of instructions. Roll usually means start or run the camera/VTR.

The second quote could be confirming that the video is being recorded, it really depends on the circumstances. As for the first one, it sounds rather the director confused mixed up about the status of the video recorder. Usually there a procedure, when the director calls for them to roll, then the camera & sound call speed or running when they're recording and the director then calls action.
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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 02:01 PM

"Live" in the sense of "alive" usually means that the output of the camera or microphone is being sent directly to the audience; in a television studio during a live broadcast, you can have a live microphone or the live camera, etc. In a situation where the production is being recorded on video tape or film, the word "live" doesn't make a lot of sense.

It's difficult to be more specific about this without information on the context. You could conceivably have an assistant director or director who is using "live" as a direction to some extras in a crowd scene, or something. Can you make the material you're translating available for us to view?
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