swing (a video or film camera) in a horizontal or vertical plane, typically to give a panoramic effect or follow a subject:he was panning the camera over everything in sight
[no object, with adverbial of direction] (of a camera) be swung in a horizontal or vertical plane:the camera panned to the dead dictator
a panning movement:that slow pan over London
pan and scan
a technique for narrowing the aspect ratio of a widescreen film to fit the squarer shape of a television screen by continuously selecting the most significant portion of the original picture, rather than just the middle portion.