glossary of video production and video editing terms


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Scene In the language of moving images, a sequence of related shots usually constituting action in one particular location. See also Shot.

Shot Intentional, isolated camera views, which collectively comprise a particular scene. See also Scene.

SMPTE Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

SMPTE Timecode Timecode used by the SMPTE to identify frames in a videotape. Each frame has a unique address in this format: hours:minutes:seconds:frames.

Stereo Audio split into two physical tracks, one on the right and one on the left.

Sticks Common term referring to a camera tripod of the legs of the tripod.

Sync The degree to which sound and picture are lined up, in-sync being lined up exactly, and out-of-sync not so exactly. It can be applied to any specific sound and picture relationship, not just voices and not just sync-sound, but also any type of specific effect.

Syncing The actual lining up of sound and picture before editing a sync sound film. This also involves cutting the excess sound between takes, and adding filler, so that the picture and sound are now in sync for beginning to end.

Sync Sound Sync sound is sound recorded while shooting picture. Usually it involves footage of people speaking, and is thus sometimes called lip sync. It must be recorded with either crystal or cable sync to line up and not drift out of sync.

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