Video Production and Editing - Glossary of Terms



We've combined some of the most common video production, film production and post production terms in this glossary.
Terms are grouped alphabetically - Please select from the list below.



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Fade Filter - The filter that raises or lowers video levels in clips. With the Fade filter a clip will change over time to all one color or black (fade out); or will gradually develop from a color or black (fade in).

Field - Half of a video frame, either the even or odd scan lines.

Filler - Blank space added to the time line in the course of editing a program.

Filter - A computer software module used to process and modify digital video for adding special effects to a program. OR A tinted glass or small tinted plastic sheet placed in front of the lens or behind the lens in a filter holder, used to change the color rendition of the entire shot. Filters are used to convert tungsten balanced film for use in daylight or vice versa. The can also be used for aesthetic reasons, such as a red filter to darken the sky when filming in black and white.

Flag - black cloth or card on a frame used on a shoot to keep light out of part of the composition.

Flex-Fill - A round cloth bounce card mounted on a flexible ring that can be folded up when not in use.

FPS - Frames per second.

Focal Length - The distance from a camera lens's focal point to its CCD imaging chips with the lens focus set to infinity. Wide angle views use short focal length; narrow field of view (telephoto) use longer focal lengths. Zoom lenses have a variable focal length.

Foot Candle - Measurement of light. One foot candle is the light of one candle, one foot away. Many light meters will use foot candles as a starting number, which then must be converted into an f-stop based on the sensitivity of the film you are using.

Follow Focus - Controlling lens focus so that an image maintains sharpness and clarity despite camcorder and/or subject movement.

Force an Edit - To insert a cut at a desired point in a clip.

Frame - One complete still image of video media. Video media is made up of a series of frames. Each video frame has two interlaced fields.

Framing - Act of composing a shot in a camcorder's viewfinder for desired content, angle and field of view.

French Flag - A small black metal flag attached to the camera with a positionable arm that is used to shade the lens from light in the case of a flare.

Full Field - A complete video image consisting of two fields of video per frame.

FX Track - A separate track on the time line used strictly for creating special video effects with filters and/or transitions.