glossary of video production and video editing terms


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Take Multiple versions of the same shot are called takes.

Time Lapse Time lapse is when single frame shooting is used to dramatically speed up the action over the course of a long period of time. Typically it is a process where a single frame is shot after a consistent pause. It could be one frame every ten seconds, or one frame every hour, and such.

Time Line The graphic representation of a video sequence displayed for purposes of manipulating and editing a series of clips.

Tilt Vertical camera rotation (up and down) from a single axis, as on a tripod.

Tracking Lateral camcorder movement that travels with a moving subject. The camera should maintain a regulated distance from the subject. May also be referred to as Trucking. See also Dolly Shot.

Tripod Three-legged stand for supporting a camera, a light, or other pieces of equipment

TV Commercial A commercial advertisement on television is a span of television programming produced and paid for by an organization, which conveys a message, typically to market a product or service. Advertising revenue provides a significant portion of the funding for most privately owned television networks. The vast majority of television advertisements are 30 or 60 seconds in length, although it can vary from a few seconds to much longer formats, known as infomercials.

Two-Shot A camera view including two subjects, often applicable to interview situations but also used in dramatic productions.

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