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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Off Line - When no disk file exists for a reference to a clip in a program, the file is said to be off line.

Opacity - The degree to which an image is transparent, allowing images behind to visually show through.

Opticals - Effects produced through optical printing, including transitions, superimposed titles, etc. Sometimes called Optical Effects. However, anything optically printed can be called an optical, so even blowing film up from 16mm to 35mm, though it does not involve an effect, is an optical.

Out Point - The SMPTE time code defining the end of a clip. The frame with this time code is not included in the clip.

Out Takes - The footage from your workprint that is not used in your edited version. Very small bits, a few frames or as little as one frame, are known a trims,

Overcrank - To run the camera faster, producing slow motion. The term has survived from the time when you would crank a camera.

Over-The-Shoulder Shot - View of the primary subject with the back of another person's shoulder and head in the foreground. Often used in interview situations.

Overwrite Edit - Placing a section of a source clip on the time line in the Sequencer and replacing or "overwriting" that program section.