Zebra patterning

A professional feature of professional video cameras that use stripe patterns to identify problematic areas of the image.

Zebra patterning is a feature of some prosumer and most professional video cameras to assist correct exposure. When zebra patterning is enabled, areas of the image over a certain threshold are filled with a striped or cross-hatch pattern to dramatically highlight areas where too much light is falling on the image sensor.

Often, a threshold level can be set, e.g. 70%, 80%, 90%, or 100% (with 100% meaning pure white, or over-exposed, AKA 100 IRE). A lower threshold like 70 to 80% can help correctly expose many skin tones, while higher numbers help ensure correct overall scene exposure.

Zebra patterning
also known as
  • Zebra
  • Zebra function
  • Zebra stripes
  • HOW TO... expose for video on camerajabber.com
  • How to set the correct exposure using Zebra  on com.au
  • Tutorial: Zebra Patterns on Panasonic Lumix on youtube.com
  • Camera Zebras - What Is It And How To Make The Most Out Of Them on aperturebuzz.com
  • What is Zebra Pattern and what does it do? on sony.com
Adapted from content published on wikipedia.org
Last modified on June 7, 2021, 12:10 am
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