Archives for: ‘A’

  • Action Safe Area

    As of 2007 most television stations and networks will place information within this area. This area can be considered the “margin” of the television screen in that picture elements are generally kept out of this area to create a buffer around the edge of the screen so elements don’t butt up against the edge of the screen.

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  • Aperture

    Also called the F-stop, the aperture is a measure of the width of the opening inside a lens that allows light into the camera. Lower number f-stops or wider apertures (i.e. f-stop 2.0) allow in more light while high number f-stops or smaller apertures (i.e. fstop 8.0) allow less light in but can create larger depth of field.

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  • Artifacts

    Defects in a video image such as pixelation, dots along the edge of graphics
    or color rainbows around striped or herringbone patterns. Artifacts can be created during shooting because of faulty or reused tape stock, during capturing because of faulty decks, or in post-production during video compression.

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  • Assembly

    A rough stage of an edit where selected video clips are placed in the order but left untrimmed.

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  • AV Monitor

    A TV monitor used on set during shoots and in post-production houses
    with audio and video inputs that allow it to display picture and sound. AV monitors are more more trusted than computer screens when assessing how a video will look on TV monitors. There are certain standard settings for brightness, color and saturation on AV monitors that should be adjusted.

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