There is a practice in some TV shows and especially in commercials that shows the view of someone using a video camera. This includes a rectangular "frame" in the scene, and the "REC" indicator with a red dot at the bottom right corner of the screen.
This is not the same as captured video, which includes the date and time stamp, but rather implies that we are seeing the video display on the camera from the viewpoint of the person recording it.
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- Activia yogurt has Jamie Lee Curtis with their special "breakfast blend" yogurt, in which she completely shatters the fourth wall to speak directly to the audience to show how she starts her day including using the sponsor's product, with the video showing "Rec" and red dot in the top left corner of the screen.
Anime And Manga
- Suzumiya Haruhi: In the entirety of The Adventures of Asahina Mikuru, the Brigade's film project.
- In EDtv, several scenes are shown from the view of a professional video camera, complete with internal indicators and battery life, and filmed by main character Ed Pekurny and his cameraman.
- Groundhog Day when Phil is filming the groundhog ceremony.
- Tommy Boy: Richard is filming parts of the wedding.
Live Action TV
- Good Luck Charlie: Used for Teddy's video diaries.
- iCarly: Always used when Freddie is recording "live" segments of the web show. Mostly done to avoid Stylistic Suck by showing it 'as streamed' online.
- The US home makeover show Trading Spaces had the Paige Cam (previously the Alex Cam), for episodes which featured an actual host. The footage was from a handheld camera carried by the host, but the footage was overlaid with the typical trappings of this trope, as well as the words "PAIGE CAM" (or "ALEX CAM").
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In the episode "Storyteller" sometimes we see the red "REC" with the frame, when Andrew is recording something. Other times they show a green "PLAY" when he's reviewing video he shot earlier.
- A few times on My So-Called Life. Brian was usually behind the camera, and at one point aims a camera directly at Sharon's chest.
- An episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun had Mary filming an anthropological documentary about the Solomons. Most of the episode is seen from the camera's point of view, with Mary giving them some direction and interviewing them from off camera.
- Star Trek: Voyager Season 2, episode 20, "Investigations" has Neelix doing a daily roundup of ships events and crew interviews, in which the episode opens with one of his shows from the viewpoint of the automated camera, including a red "REC" flashing at the bottom of the screen, with the field of vision marked by lines surrounding the frame.
- Bosch episode 4 has the District Attorney having a video made of an alleged serial killer showing where he buried his first victim, with the red dot and "Rec" appearing in the viewfinder,
- Final Fantasy VIII: during the ending sequence.
- Voyeur does this when the player is supposed to be recording footage.
- Outlast has you use a video camera to both record events and to see in dark areas with the night vision function.
- The fourth episode of The Strangerhood mini-series "The Pitch" was done like this, as Sam's interaction with the focus group was being recorded for a "documentary style reality show sitcom".
- Homestar Runner: A number of examples, including the "videos" on the character page and Strong Bad's "most amazing e-mail" from "Weclome [sic] Back".
- Used to interesting effect in a two-part episode of Arthur, in which Arthur and his best friend Buster visit New York City. Much of the episode is animated as usual, but whenever New York is shown through Buster's camcorder, the show becomes live action.
- Despicable Me: At the end. Notable in that they actually used a 1920x1080 resolution marker in the bottom corner.
- Ed, Edd n Eddy: One episode was almost entirely from the viewpoint of a camera. First there was a scene to set it up, then the rest of the episode is all the camera's view.
- Rocket Power frequently did this, usually to indicate recording of the kids doing various extreme stunts.