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The A to Z Terminology Of TV, Film and Video Production
Name : Williem Leonardi Class : MC 14-3B NIM : 2010141150
An electric current with periodically changing polarity (i. (Film Editing) A/B Rolls: Two or more rolls of film having alternate scenes intercut with opaque leaders in such a way that the 'A' roll presents its picture at the same time that the 'B' roll presents opaque leader. or a backlight. director and actors. (Film Editing) ADC: Analog-to-Digital Converter. theatres and studios with respect to their design. (Electricity) Accent Light: A light unit that emphasizes one subject. and vice versa. (Sound) . Generally refers to the characteristics of auditoriums. (Sound Recording) Acetone: An organic liquid chemical used in the manufacture of some types of film cement. (Lighting) Acetate Base: The tranparent cellulose acetate plastic film which for years served as the backing for magnetic recording tape. This methodology will eliminate any potential splice marks from showing up on prints and permits the incorporation of optical effects and titles. This might be a key light. (Film Editing) Acoustics: The science of the transmission of sound waves. Also used to clean film splicing equipment. producer. Literally. An electronic device used at the input of digital audio equipment to convert analog electrical signals to digital values whose numbers represent the level and frequency information contained in the original analog signal.A A/B Printing: Printing from original film stock which has been conformed into two rolls with alternating shots and black opaque leader.e. a kicker. (Production) AC: Alternating Current. (Film Editing) Above the Line: Refers to the creative elements of a production such as the writer. these are the elements which appeared above a bold line which divided standard production budget sheets. Action Cutting: The cutting of film from one shot to another in a way yielding the impression that action is continuous and uninterrupted. 60 times a second for 60Hz power).
and a third which is contected to a ground (grounded).e. (Lighting) Balanced: An audio circuit with 3 wires.B Baby: Usually a reference to a 1K light unit. two which carry signal. meaning extras who are staged to supply detail in the form of normal human traffic in a scene. baby plate). (Grip/Lighting) Background: This is a term with a broad range of meanings.). baby 5K. baby 2K. (Post Production) Backlight: A light which is generally mounted behind a subject to light the subject's hair and shoulders without illuminating a subject's front. Generally. (Lighting) . the two signals are ultimately mixed to produce the final recording.e. baby 1K. a narrow band of magnetic coating applied to the edge opposite the magnetic sound track which serves to make the film lie flat when it goes over magnetic sound heads. It is also used to describe any light unit which is smaller than a standard size unit of comparable intensity (i. These plates are used for mounting lights or grip heads on a wall. Bar Sheets . and the number of motion picture frames of duration for each syllable. box. For grips. (Grip/Lighting) Baby Legs: A short tripod. In production.Lead Sheets: A chart showing words of dialogue which have been recorded. In sound. etc. (Sound) Balance Stripe: On magnetic-striped film. or other surface. it can mean the same as 'ambience' or it may refer to relative volume. Backing Track: Prerecorded accompaniment for a singer or voiceover actor who then listens through headphones to a replay as he/she performs. Barndoors: Folding doors which are mounted on to the front of a light unit in order to control illumination. it refers to anything with a 5/8 inch stud (i. depending upon the context. it has the same connotation as 'atmosphere'. (Camera) Baby Plate: A steel plate with a baby pin (5/8 inch pin) welded on to it.
(Sound) Celo: A type of cookie which is made from wire mesh coated with plastic. (Post Production) CC Filters: Color compensating filters made in precise density values of the primary and secondary colors. and other . (Grip/Lighting) Candela: A unit of light intensity. a standard candle. (Lighting) Canted Frame: Often described as a 'Dutch Angle' or 'Dutching'. They are also known as a #1 wood clamp. This is a device or process whereby the camera is angled so that the horizontal frame line is not parallel to the horizon. The data is read by a laser beam. (Sound) CD (Compact Disc): A digitally encoded disc capable of containing more than one hour of music at a sampling frequency of 44. (Production) Capacitance: An electrical component's ability to store electrical charges. This results in an audible distortion (analog) or an incomprehensible noise (digital).1 khz. but with a more positive locking mechanism which is easier to disconnect. (Grip/Lighting) Cam-Lok: A feeder cable connector which is similar to a Tweco. (Cinematography) Clipping: The phenomenon where an input signal exceeds the capability of electronic or digital equipment to reproduce the signal.C C-47: Ordinary wooden clothespins which are used to secure gels to barndoors. guaranteed conditions. (Grip/Lighting) C Stand: A general purpose grip stand. Deal Memo: A form which lists the pertinent details of salary. (Grip/Lighting) D Day Out of Days: A form designating the workdays for various cast or crewmembers of a given production.
Density: A factor which indicates the light-stopping power of a photographic image. (Film Editing) Degausser: A device used to erase recordings on magnetic tapes and films or to demagnetize magnetic recording heads. (Laboratory) E Ear: To put a flag up on the side of a lighting unit to block light. (Cinematography) Dead spot: A place in which a sound waves are canceled by reflections arriving out of phase with the wanted signal thus creating an area of silence or poor audibility. Depth of Field: The amount of space within lens view which will maintain acceptable focus at given settings (i. This generally identifies a 25 FPS time code standard. Better known as a 'sider'. (Grip/Lighting) EBU: European Broadcast Union. lens aperture). (Acoustics) Dead Sync: An editorial term meaning that sound and picture elements are perfectly aligned. Echo: A sound wave that has been reflected and returned with sufficient magnitude and delay to be perceived as a wave distinct from that which was initially transmitted.e. Edge Numbers: . film speed. Deep Focus: A style of cinematography and staging that uses relatively wide angle lenses and small lens apertures by maintaining objects in the extreme background and foreground simultaneously focused. Decoder: The device which reads the enclosed signal or pulse and turns it into some form of usable information.essentials of a work agreement negotiated between a member of the cast or crew and a production company. (Cinematography) Developing: The chemical process which converts a photographic exposure into a visible image. camera speed.
Everything he/she must do before each shot (Focus.Coded numbers printed along the edged of a strip of film for identification purposes. and including instructions for fades. in footage and frames. Aperture. dissolves and other special effects which corresponds to all the segments that the editor of a film or videotape production has decided to use in the final cut. (Grip/Lighting) Feed Lines: Lines of dialogue which are read outside camera range for the benefit of an 'on camera' or 'on microphone' actor or voice over artist. Edit Master: Video industry term for the tape containing the finished (edited) program. FAST: The camera assistant's motto. Fill Leader: Film leader used to fill in the blanks in picture workprint." The beginning and end points of an edit when a video program or soundtrack is being assembled. Effective Output Level: The microphone sensitivity rating defined as the ratio in dB of the power available relative to sound pressure. (Film Editing) . (Lighting) Edit Decision List (EDL): The list of SMPTE codes. Edge track: A standard position for the placement of the audio on a single perforation magnetic film. Shutter. (Camera) FAY: A 650 watt PAR light with daylight balance dichroic fliter. (Lighting) Feather: Moving a 'flag' closer to or further away from a light source that it is in front of will feather (soften/harden) the shadow on the surface upon which the light falls. Edit Points: Also known as "edit in" and "edit out. Tach). (Acoustics) F Fade: An optical effect in which the image of a scene is gradually replaced by a uniform dark area or vice versa. Edison Plug: An ordinary household plug with two flat blades and a ground pin.
Film Base: The flexible. (Laboratory) . (Grip) Grading: The process of selecting the printing values for color and density fo successive scenes in a complete film to produce the desire visual effects. Gang Synchronizer: A synchronizing device having more than One sprocketted wheel which is used to set up synchronized relationships between film and sound tracks which have been recorded to magnetic film.000 megabytes (MB). (Film Editing) Film Notcher: A device used to punch out a small portion of the edge of a piece of film in order to permit electrical contacts on a printer to come together and thus activate light changes. (Film Editing) Film Cement: A common term for the welding solvent used in splicing film. (Film Editing) Gate: The aperture assembly at which the film is exposed in a camera. equivalent to 1. Gain: The ratio of the signal level at the output of an audio device to the signal level at its input. or projector. (Film Editing) Filter: A transparent material having the ability to absorb certain wavelengths of light and transmit others. G Gaffer: The chief lighting technician for a production who is in charge of the electrical department. usually transparent support on which photographic emulsions and magnetic coatings are carried. Gigabyte (GH): A unit for measuring computer memory capacity. Expressed in decibels (db). Gamma: The degree of contrast in a negative or print. Gobo: A grip head or "C" stand head used as a clamping device for holding other equipment. printer.
formerly called "cycles per second. (Laboratory) Hard Disk: A data storage and retrieval device consisting of a disk drive and one or more permanently installed disks. usually with a combo head. Harmonic Distortion: Acoustic distortion characterized by unwanted changes between input and output at a given frequency. blue. Increasingly common for storing sound effects and archiving for future use. also known as gaffer's tape or cloth tape. and green light. (Grip/Lighting) Grip Tape: This is Duct tape style tape. and 20' x 20'. 12' x 12'. The material is attached within a frame and used as either a soft reflector of sunlight or cut or soften direct sun. (Laboratory) Highboy: A heavy-duty rolling stand. (Grip/Lighting) Highkey: An overall brightly lit scene with realtively few shadows." Hi-Con: Generally a high contrast film print which provides the maximum contrast between the light and dark elements. Also called a color analyzer. that has a junior receiver and a large grip head. (Lighting) High-Pass Filter: An electronic filter used in various audio circuits to attenuate all frequencies below a chosen frequency. Also called Overhead Stands. . It generally comes in three sizes: 6' X 6'.Grifflon (Griff): A durable material made of three ply high density rubber. (Acoustics) Hazeltine: A machine which a color time at a lab or optical house uses to determine how to 'time' a film print for the proper amounts of red. (Laboratory) Hertz (Hz): Unit for measuring frequency of d signal. (Grip) H Handle: An extra number of frames attached to the head and tail of an optical print as a safety precaution.
Intercutting: An editing method whereby related shots are inserted into a series of other shots for the purpose of contrast or for some other effect. Jump-Cut: An editorial device where the action is noticeably advanced in time. tripod. (Grip/Lighting) Jam Sync: A process of locking a time code generator to an existing coded tape in order to extend or replace the code. either accidentally or for the purpose of creating an effect on the viewer. Japanese Lantern: A paper-covered wire frame globe into which a socket and bulb may be placed. (Film Editing) Junior: A 2K fresnel light unit.I Incoming Scene: The second scene to appear in a dissolve or wipe effect. (Acoustics) Inkie: A small (250 watt) fresnel type light. (Grip) . (Lighting) Jib Arm: A mechanical are which is supported on a dolly. which is counterweighted to hold a camera for an increased range of motion. (Film Editing) J J-Lar: A transparent tape which is used to splice jels together. Inductance: The resistance of a coil of wire to rapidly fluctuating currents which increases with frequency. It may also mean any 1 1/8 inch spud or mounting pin or any 1 1/8 inch female receiver. or other device. (Lighting) Insert Editing: Used in videotape or digital audio editing to describe the process of replacing a segment located between two specific and previously dubbed segments. used when code is of poor quality. (Production) Juicer: An electrician.
(Film Editing) Kick: An object with a shine or reflection on it from another object. KEM: A brand name for a common 'flatbed' film editing machine. Lamp: A reference to the bulb inside a lighting unit. (Grip/Lighting) Kiss: A light that gently brushes a subject. (Camera) Lavalier Mic: A small microphone that can be easily hidden on a piece of clothing so as not to be seen by the camera. (Lighting) Latitude: The range between overexposure and underexposure in which a film will still produce usable images. (Production) Key Light: The main light on a subject. (Lighting) L L-C-R-S (Left. The S channel surrounds the audience and may be mono or encoded stereo. C and R speakers are located behind the screen. now available on home hi-fi systems.every 20 frames).K K: Kelvin. L. Center. the unit of measurement used for absolute temperatures and color temperatures. (Film Editing) Key Grip: The chief grip who works directly with the gaffer in creating shadow effects for set lighting and who supervises camera cranes. (Lighting) Key Numbers: Numbers placed on the edge of the film stock by the manufacturer as a unique identification point (35mm . dollies and other platforms or supporting structures according to the requirements of the director of photography. Surround): The four playback channels used in 35mm motion pictures. Layback: . but may sometimes be used to refer to the entire lighting unit. Right.every 16 frames: 16mm .
(Film Editing) Leko: An ellipsoidal reflector spot light. Also referred to as "layup. Masking: A phenomenon whereby one or more sound "trick" the ear into not hearing other. (Grip) Magenta: A red-purple color which is the complementary color of green.Transfer of the finished audio mix back onto the video edit master. sound that are also present. Usually used for theatrical purposes. weaker. Magnetic Film (mag film): Film which is coated with an iron oxide compound on which sound is recorded and from which sound is reproduced. or fill-in purposes. (Audio) Master (print master): A positive print made specifically for duplicating purposes. (Film Editing) . (Laboratory) Mater: A small adjustable clamp with a baby stud which can be interchanged with a variety of accessories. Layover: Transfer of audio onto multitrack tape or hard disk. that is optically clear and used to protect camera personnel from explosions or the results of other action. (Lighting) M Machine Leader: Strong leader threaded through a film processing machine which is used to pull film through the machine during its operation. (Grip/Camera) Leader: A length of nonimage film which is used for threading. (Laboratory) Match Cut (match-action cut): A cut made on action or movement between two shots in which the action has been overlapped either by repetition of the action or by the use of more than one camera." Lexan: A plastic sheeting material. Layoff: Transfer of audio and time code from the video edit master to an audio tape. available in varying widths. identification.
29. typically employing hard lighting and dark. (Grip/Lighting) Neutral Density (ND): Colorless filters that reduce the amount of light in controlled degrees. those color values which are the complement of those in the original subject. the loss results in poorer signal-to-noise ratio. hum. commonly a change of exposure light intensity. (Sound) Notch: A recess on the edge of a piece of film which automatically triggers a mechanism effecting some modification of the duplication process. low key lighting. (2) For a color image. etc). Color television is currently set at 525 lines per frame. (Film Editing) Nets: A bobbinet on a frame used to cut lighting intensity by either a half stop or full stop. crosstalk. The organization that sets the American broadcast and videotape format standards for the FCC. rumble.Match Dissolve: A dissolve linking images which have similar content. (Film Editing) Match-Image Cut: A cut from one shot to another shot having an image of the same general shape as the one in the prior shot. This is essential to avoid loss of power.97 frames per second. (Film Editing) Matching: Arranging for the impedances presented by a load to be equal to the internal impedance of the generator. (Acoustics) N Negative: ( 1) For a black-and-white image those tonal values which are the opposite of those in the original subject.e. In microphones. (Camera/Lighting) Noir: Usually refers to the classic black and white film noir style used in detective mysteries. hiss. (Film Editing) NTSC: National Television Standards Committee. . noise is the electrical interference or other unwanted sound introduced into the system (i. (Camera/Lighting) Noise: In audio systems. Matching is done by means of a transformer.
(Sound) Offline: The videotape editing process whereby the final edit list is compiled. These are most commonly seen as fades and dissolves. (Production) . including effects. (Laboratory) One-Light Print: A print made with a single printer light setting for all shots in the film being printed. (Video) Off-Scale: Outside the range of the standard light values of a printer.O Obie: An eyelight mounted on the camera. (Lighting) Octave: The interval between two sounds having a basic frequency ratio of 2 to 1. (Lighting) Opaque Leader: Any strip of flexible. however. (Sound) Principal Photography: The main photography of a film and the time period during which it takes place. (Film Editing) Optical Effects: A laboratory or print procedure in which shots are modified by use of an optical printer. optically opaque material used to space picture in A/B roll film cutting and editing. (Laboratory) Optical Printer: A printer in which an image of the original is transferred to raw film stock by means of light and a lens system. (Laboratory) P Prescoring: Recording of music or other sound prior to the shooting of the picture which is to accompany it. (Video) Opacity: The ratio of the amount of light falling on a surface to the amount of light which is transmitted. The most common usage is in animated film. usually in a more inexpensive edit room. it can include a wide range of special effects procedures. (Laboratory) Online: The videotape editing process that creates the final video edit master. in preparation for the on-line edit. A common method to produce a 'daily' color print. from the offline edit list.
Ofter used to refer to frame edit . (Film Editing). (Sound) Quartz: Tungsten-Halogen lights or lighting units. Also refers to specular light. used to enable projectionists to make instant changeovers from one projector to another. consisting of a rotating prism of four or more sides through which the viewer light passes as film is pulled continuously through it. though DAT recorders and other digital formats are now making significant inroads. editing machines. Typically this has been recorded to an analog Nagra reel-to-reel machine. The background part of this process is called a 'plate'. (Film Editing) Projection Leader: A short length of film having standard markings on it. (Film Editing) Punch: A device for punching a hole in film leader to locate a starting point for editorial or printing synchronization. The name is derived from the material which encloses the lighting element. Projection-Contrast Original: An original reversal film which is designed to have normal contrast when projected. (Lighting) R Rack: A frame carrying film in a processing machine. (Lighting) Q Quarter Inch: A reference to the standard width magnetic audio tape which is used to record film production sound. (Laboratory) Production Sound: Recording and/or mixing sound on location during the film or video shoot. (Film Editing) Process Shot: A shot that will be composited from two other shots. (Laboratory) Production Dupe: A duplicate negative prepared in the final form for release printing. and some high-speed cameras.Printing Sync: The relation between the picture and sound components in which they are printed to give the necessary displacement for projection as a composite print. (Laboratory) Prism Shutter: A device used on many film viewers.
multichannel or whatever audio format is desired for the final print master. 35mm to 16mm). (Film Editing) Release: The general distribution of a film for public exhibition. Also known as a 'Mickey'.alignment in which the projected film remains properly framed on the screen (in rack). stereo. (Grip/Lighting) Single: A shot with only one subject in the frame. (Laboratory) Rank: A shortened term which refers to a "Rank-Cintel Flying Spot Scanner". Resolving: The process of regulating tape speed by comparing a reference signal on the tape with an external reference and adjusting the speed so that they match. effects and dialog tracks of a film or video production to mono. . (Production) Signal: The form of variation with time of a wave whereby information is conveyed in some form whether it is acoustic or electronic. (Film Editing) Re-recording: The process of mixing all edited music. formerly real silk. Reaction Shot: A shot of a player listening while another player's voice continues on the sound track. This is a telecine device which transfers a film image into electronic signals which are then recorded on to video tape. This is done of an optical printer. (Laboratory) Relational Editing: Editing of shots for the purposes of comparison or for the contrast of content. (Lighting) Reduction Printing: The production of a copy of a film which is of a smaller size or gauge than the original (i. S Silk: A lighting diffusion or reflective material.e. (Production) Redhead: An open faced 1K lighting unit. Release negative: A duplicate negative from which release prints are made.
projector or mag film dubber whose movements follow the movement of a single master transport.Signal to Noise Ratio: This is the ratio of the desired signal to the unwanted noise in an audio or video record/playback system. Single-Stripe: Magnetic film that contains a single audio track. most typically used in news gathering. which is coated with oxide. dimmers or wasting light. (Camera) Tail Leader: Leader used at the finish end of a strip of film. scrims. (Laboratory) Slate: The identifier placed in front of the camera at beginning of a take. Accomplished electronically by using SMPTE time code numbers or mechanically by motor linkage of sprocketed machines. and sound effects. music. Slug: A strip of blank leader or image-bearing film used as leader. Slave: An audio tape or videotape transport. usually so that a first cut may be viewed with all of these elements incorporated. Single System: A method of recording sound and picture on the same medium. Skip Frame: An optical printing effect which eliminates selected frames of the original scene to speed up the action. (Grip/Lighting) Telecine: A machine that transfers film to a video signal. Temp Dub: A preliminary mixing of dialogue. It is the actual light transmission of a lens as measured on an optical bench. (Post Production) Tenner: . (Film Editing) Take Down: Reducing the light on an object by means of nets. (Film Editing) T T Stop: A true f/stop as opposed to one dereived mathematically. This also generically refers to the process of film-to-tape transfers.
(Laboratory) Underscore: Music that provides emotional or atmospheric background to the primary dialog or narration onscreen. Generally. It stands for VARIable AC. (Lighting) Varispeed: Increasing or decreasing tape speed to match the musical pitch of tape playback. (Lighting) THX: A theatrical film exhibition sound system which maintains a consistent sound standard from theatre to theatre. although a number of other systems have also now qualified. V Variac: A simmer that reduces the voltage. Time Code: Also known as Longitudinal Time Code. This methodology is illegal in many areas. Unsqueezed Print: A print in which the distorted image of an anamorphic negative has been corrected for normal projection. (Lighting) Time Base Signal: A signal recorded on the edge of film in a camera to match a signal recorded on a magnetic recording which is used as a fast means of synchronizing film and sound workprints.A standard studio 10K lighting unit. Veeder Counter: A trade name for a mechanical counter which is actuated using a rotary shaft movement which can be calibrated to any system of measurement such as feet or frames. (Film Editing) . U Ultrasonic Cleaner: A device used to clean film without pressure or abrasion. which are also 10K lighting units. (Sound) Tie In: A power feed obtained by temporarily clipping on to the main service of a location. this system uses Dolby Stereo Surround as the basis of the exhibition standard. as opposed to a baby 10 or a Big Eye. A high frequency signal that allows the accurate "locking" of film audio and video equipment.
(Grip/Lighting) White noise: A signal having an equal amount of energy per hertz.Video Assist: The process of simultaneously recording filmed picture onto video tape by means of the same lens system in order to immediately evaluate a take as soon as it is completed. (Grip) Western Dolly: A plywood dolly. (Audio) W Waste: Shining a light on an object. VITC: Vertical Interval Time Code. (Camera/Grip) Whip: A section of feeder cable siamesed off the main line to a secondary location.33 to 1. with four large soft tires. Requires special equipment to read and write. this now means in an aspect ratio of greater than 1. . It is also used to transport other equipment. allowing it to be read when the tape is not moving. In today's terms.85 to 1. which is used as a camera dolly on smooth floors or on plywood. VU Meter: A meter designed to measure audio level in volume units which generally correspond to perceived loudness. then slowing turning the light away so that some of the light will miss or fall off the object. (Lighting) Wave: A regular variation in electrical signal level or sound pressure level. (Sound/Electronics) Wedges: Wood wedges cut from 2x4 lumber which is used for leveling and stablizing. (Production) Virgin Stock: Magnetic tape onto which nothing has yet been recorded. A time code signal that is written in the vertical interval by the rotating video heads. Voice-over: Narration or non-synchronous dialog taking place over the action onscreen. Widescreen: A general term for film presentation in which a film is shown in an aspect ratio of greater than 1.
The change from one roll to another to match the edited workprint is done automatically by the printer.Wild Line: A line of dialoge. (Sound) Y Y M C Numbers: The 'timing lights' that the negative is printed at. blue and green lights used in the printing process. representing the numerical value of the red. and cyan. recorded either on set or at a looping stage. magenta. These printing lights are referred to by their complements: yellow. Z Zero Cut: A method of preparing A and B rolls for printing in which the original shots overlap several frames or more. (Film Editing) Zoom: An optical effect in which the image rapidly grows larger or smaller as though the camera is moving closer or away from its subject. without any picture running. . (Lighting) XLR: One of several varieties of sound connectors having three or more conductors plus an outer shell which shields the connectors and locks the connectors into place. Wild Track: Audio elements that are not recorded synchronously with the picture. X Xenon: A high intensity light. with a polished parabolic reflector. (Sound) X-Y Pattern: A pair of cardioid microphones or elements aimed in crossed directions which feed two channels for stereo pickup.
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