glossary of video production and video editing terms


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Depth of Field Range in front of a camera's lens in which objects appear in focus. Depth of field varies with subject-to-camera distance, focal length of a camera lens, a camera's aperture setting, and available light.

Diffusion May be a type of filter used on a camera lens to create a soft focus effect. May also be some sort of material which partially obscures a light source to soften the light and shadows.

Dissolve A transition between two clips where the first frame of the incoming clip and the last frame of the outgoing clip are blended together gradually. Often used to signify the passage of time.

Dolly Shot The camera is mounted to a special cart (dolly) which moves along a track, typically forward or backward, while filming. Moving the camera side-to-side is technically called tracking or trucking.

DVD An optical disc storage format, invented and developed by Philips, Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic in 1995. DVDs offer higher storage capacity (4.7GB) than Compact Discs while having the same dimensions. Originally short for digital versatile disc, but has also become known as digital video disc.

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