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a device for mounting a motion-picture camera during filming or a still camera during shooting or for mounting a geodetic, astronomical, or other instrument during work with such an instrument.

The most widely used type of support is the collapsible tripod, which may be made of metal or wood. A camera or instrument is attached to a tripod by means of a projecting stud, which is screwed into a threaded socket in the base of the camera or instrument. As a rule, tripods are equipped with movable heads, which make it possible to mount a camera in various positions with respect to the vertical axis. In professional motion-picture filming, panoramic heads are also used.

Portable devices are also used as camera supports (seeTRAVELING SHOTS, EOUIPMENT FOR). During filming with a handheld motion-picture camera, a gunpod, which fits into the cameraman’s shoulder, is often used.

In a number of cases, a clamp may be used as a support for a still camera. A clamp is employed to attach a camera to the back of a chair, to the edge of a table, or to some other firmly standing object.

The use of camera supports permits exposures longer than 1/30 sec.



The support of a real-valued function ƒ on a topological space is the closure of the set of points where ƒ is not zero.


After-sale handholding; something many software vendors promise but few deliver. To hackers, most support people are useless - because by the time a hacker calls support he or she will usually know the software and the relevant manuals better than the support people (sadly, this is *not* a joke or exaggeration). A hacker's idea of "support" is a t?te-?-t?te or exchange of electronic mail with the software's designer.


(1) See tech support.

(2) A widely used term in the industry to mean "to provide the capabilities for" or "to interface to" or "to include some function."

Hardware Supports...
The phrase "device X supports Y" means that X contains built-in circuitry to perform Y or it can interface to a module that does. For example, "the CPU supports multiprocessing" means it has multiprocessing capabilities built in. "The computer supports Ethernet" means the computer includes Ethernet capability and can plug into an Ethernet network.

Software Supports...
The phrase "program X supports Y" means that X includes routines to perform the Y operation or to interface to another program that does. For example, if a development system "supports Windows," the system is used to create Windows applications. "Application X supports database Y" means that X can connect to Y and has built-in routines to interact with it.
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In the second category, a number of studies have indicated the need for training supported employment professionals (Neubert & Krishnaswami, 1992; Park, Shafer, & Drake, 1993).
Findings have begun to emerge that more specifically discuss the efficacy of supported employment for people with mental illness and the learnings gleaned from comprehensive evaluations (Fishbein, Minsky, & Knepp, 1990).
The purpose of supported employment is to facilitate job placement in competitive employment settings via support provided both on and off site (as needed) by staff referred to as employment specialists, job coaches, or training specialists.
In other supported employment approaches, this linking activity or function generally occurs after the individual has received intensive initial support from an on-site paid provider.
One area critical to providing quality supported employment services that has received little attention is follow-along.
In one of the earliest descriptions of what is now known as supported employment, Wehman (1976) recommended the inclusion of co-workers in the process of training and fading.
The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-527) defines supported employment as paid employment which:
The purpose of this article is to outline the basic underlying tenets of supported employment and of traditional VR practice, to illustrate how supported employment has not been applied according to its founding principles, and to recommend steps which need to be taken in order to implement supported employment programs within the VR system.
The first release will target 68K and PowerPC embedded microprocessors, with subsequent releases targeting other embedded microprocessors supported by Metrowerks.
The purpose of this article is to discuss how the supported employment model can meet the vocational needs of the psychiatrically disabled.
CiscoPro services for end users are targeted at customers who want service solutions that are supported directly by Cisco's technical support staff and for resellers not equipped to provide a range of necessary services.
Stream understands software -- how it's manufactured, how it's purchased, distributed, licensed, supported and deployed," said Mort Rosenthal, chairman of Stream "We're combining our existing software knowledge and expertise, leveraging the value of our long-time industry relationships, and melding these with a significant investment in a transaction engine that brings greater value, speed, and quality to software electronic commerce and support.

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