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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Rack Focus - Shifting focus between subjects in the background and foreground so a viewer's attention moves from subject to subject as the focus shifts.

Radial Wipe Transition - A transition that sweeps away the outgoing clip with a circular or semi-circular motion to reveal the incoming clip.

Raw Stock - Unexposed film.

Reduction Print - An optical reduction of a film from one gauge to another, such as 35mm to 16mm.

Reference Clip - A clip created from a source clip when the source clip is placed on the time line in the Sequencer. A reference clip does not contain any digitized media but refers to the digitized source clip. A reference clip only exists in a sequence and is the only kind of clip that a sequence contains.

Remote - Video shoot performed on location, outside a controlled studio environment.

Render - The processing of a series of individual clips, transitions and filters into a single playable track.

Reversal - A type of film and method of processing that yields a positive original. This is the movie-film equivalent of slide film and processing, in still photography.

Reverse Shot - A shot from the other side of the previous shot (though preferably on the same side of the 180° Line), such as cutting between two characters talking, a person exiting and entering though a doorway, a reaction shot and P.O.V. shot, etc.

Roll Edit - An editing process where both outgoing and incoming clips are trimmed at a cut point to shorten one while lengthening the other to maintain the overall length of a program.

Rotate - A function of EditDV's PZR filter that allows clip frames to be turned on any of three axes.

Rough Cut - The edited film, between the stages of being an assembly and a fine cut.

Rushes - The workprint, when it is just back from the lab, unedited, called the rushes because of the rush to see that everything came out alright. Also known as dailies.

Rule of Thirds - This is the basic principle that is the most valuable to a new photographer. This rule takes our rectangular shape and divides it into thirds. The key elements or objects in a composition should fall on one of these thirds lines. The one point on our photograph where the viewers' eye comes to rest should fall on one of these lines where both a horizontal and a vertical line come to rest.