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Welcome to our video production glossary! This is a guide for anyone interested in video production or looking to expand their knowledge on the subject. In this glossary, you will find definitions and explanations of the most common terms used in video production. This glossary is here to help you navigate the world of video production with confidence.

  • Sound Design – The process of creating and manipulating audio elements, such as sound effects and music, to enhance the emotional impact of a video.
  • Rushes – Raw, unedited footage captured during a shoot that is used to review and select the best takes for the final edit.
  • Location Recce – A pre-shoot visit to a potential filming location to assess its suitability and plan logistical details.
  • Director of Photography – The head of the camera and lighting departments on a film or video production, responsible for achieving the visual style and look of the project.
  • Lower Third – A graphic overlay that appears in the lower third of the screen, often used to display identifying information such as a person’s name or job title.
  • B-roll – Additional footage used to cut away from the main shot in order to add variety and context to the scene.
  • Render – The process of exporting a video file from the editing software to create the final video.
  • Grading – The process of adjusting the colours and contrast of a video to achieve a desired look or mood.
  • Call Sheet – A document that includes important details about a video shoot, including the location, call time, cast and crew, and the scenes to be filmed.
  • Storyboard – A visual representation of the video’s scenes, often in the form of drawings or illustrations, used to plan out the shoot.
  • Aspect Ratio – The proportional relationship between the width and height of the video frame.
  • Script – The written text that outlines the story, dialogue, and action of a video.
  • Frame Rate – The number of still images that make up one second of video.
  • Shot List – A detailed list of all the shots that need to be captured during a shoot, often organized by scene and camera angle.
  • Recce – Short for reconnaissance, the process of scouting potential filming locations to assess their suitability for a shoot.
  • DIT – Short for Digital Imaging Technician, the person responsible for managing and backing up the video footage during a shoot.
  • Depth of Field – The distance between the nearest and farthest objects in focus in a shot.
  • Voiceover – A recording of a voice speaking over the visuals in a video, often used to provide context or narration.
  • Blocking – The planning and rehearsing of actors’ movements and positions within a scene.
  • Dolly Shot – A shot where the camera moves forward or backwards on a wheeled platform, often used to create a sense of movement.
  • B-Cam – A second camera, used in addition to the main camera to provide an additional angle. Often helpful for masking cuts in talking head videos.
  • VFX – Visual Effects that are added in post-production, such as compositing, animation, and digital matte painting.

We hope this glossary has been helpful in expanding your knowledge of video production. If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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