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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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However, we then have to return to our supportability analysis process and refresh our input data in order to reevaluate the product support strategy and subsequent Integrated Product Support element investments required to meet our availability needs.
This is to ensure that product support strategies meet program goals for operational effectiveness and readiness; that supportability requirements including cost, schedule and performance are addressed consistently; and that supportability considerations are implemented during systems design in order to meet system materiel availability, materiel reliability, operations and support cost, and mean downtime objectives.
These attributes tie readiness levels to resources and indepth logistics supportability and sustainment planning early in the system development process.
Now, PdM WIN-T Increment 1 will be required to go back and validate the sparing and supportability so quickly put in place.
In summary, students completing this cycle of courses have gained valuable training ranging from a fundamental understanding of PBL to leveraging corporate technical expertise for supportability to capturing PBL business to successfully executing PBL strategies throughout the life cycle.
Williams' SCADA requirements include qualities such as expandability, flexibility, supportability, extendability, enhanced security and audit-ability.
Supportability is how easy it will be to support the software on an ongoing basis.
According to the company, the new version includes improvements in e-mail usability, automatic e-mail request/response handling, enhanced Visual Process Manager (VPM), as well as a new watched call facility, better support for currency and decimal handling, and enhanced supportability functions.
This value engineering has resulted in an open design for future upgrades while concurrently improving supportability. ESE is the first step in the Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) to address self-defense mission needs.
* Program baselines (cost, schedule, performance, and supportability) are successfully planned and executed.
The fault-isolation testers will improve supportability of the AN/ALE-50 system for the B-1 B bomber (shown here during a crew check prior to a mission).
Nations that routinely have deployed lightweight, wheeled vehicles are likely to be attracted to the Stryker because of its enhanced supportability mad its exploitation of information technology Tiffs will give U.S.

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