Zebra patterning

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This article is about the zebra pattern as used in videography. For other types and uses of zebra stripes and patterns, see Zebra stripe (disambiguation).
Picture of Mendelssohn statue with zebra patterning

Zebra patterning (or zebra stripes) is a feature found on some prosumer and most professional video cameras to aid in correct exposure. When 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 70-80% can help correctly expose many skin tones, while higher numbers help ensure correct overall scene exposure.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


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