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Matte Box

in Camera, Light & Sound Equipment, Film and Video Glossary on 2023-02-14

A matte box is a device that attaches to the front of a camera lens in film and video production. It serves several purposes, including:

  1. Light control: Matte boxes feature adjustable flaps that block light from entering the lens and reduce lens flare, improving image quality.
  2. Filter holder: Matte boxes often have a filter holder that accepts round filters, such as neutral density filters, which reduce the amount of light entering the lens.
  3. Sunshade: The matte box acts as a sunshade, protecting the lens from the elements and reducing lens glare.

Matte boxes come in different sizes, materials, and configurations to fit a wide range of cameras and lenses. They range from basic models to more advanced models with multiple filter stages and adjustable flags.

In short, the matte box acts as a barrier between the lens and the elements, providing improved image quality and protection for the lens.

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