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TV Production Basics

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1. The area where all video signals are mixed. The director and technical director (and other crew members) control all program elements from this location.






2. punched switcher






3. helps with routine stuff - anything the director needs - timing of production






4. A television format with more lines of resolution and a wider aspect ratio than standard-definition NTSC television.






5. The part of a tape recorder or player that pulls the tape through the machine at the proper speed.






6. The period of time - after individual program segments have been produced and recorded - when elements of a program are assembled.






7. The person who makes sure the script is appearing on the right part of the prompter screen so the talent can read it properly.






8. The space between the top of a subjects head and the upper edge of the camera frame.






9. Pointing the camera down or up






10. 1) To pivot the camera vertically by pointing the camera mounting head up or down. 2) the shot produced by tilting a camera.






11. A three legged camera mount - sometimes equipped with casters to facilitate camera movement.






12. An audio setup that allows the talent - wearing a small earpiece - to hear program audio or receive instruction from the director or someone.






13. A person who deals with the look of sets and other artistic aspects of a television program.






14. A device used to record video and audio information onto a magnetic tape. Stands for videotape recorder






15. people who deliver lines






16. Close up- A view of a subject from a relatively short distance. A close-up of a person - for instance - might include only the person's face.






17. Automatic gain control. An internal control device - for either audio or video signals - that automatically increases or decreases the strength of the incoming sound of picture to maintain optimum strength.






18. Interns - Cable Pullers - 2nd Assistant Directors






19. A camera shot that starts with one object in focus - then changes to focus on another object.






20. in control room






21. focual length determines how wide or narrow the viewing range (field of view) is. The longer the lens the more narrow the field of view - shorter lens gives wider shots






22. A series of digital television formats developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee.






23. A person who sets mics in a studio or location setting and/ or operates the audio console.






24. A digital interface that allows the simultaneous transfer of audio and video information.






25. Interns - Cable Pullers - 2nd Assistant Directors






26. 1) A large camera mount with an extended boom arm for a camera and a seat for a camera operator - all placed on a large four-wheeled base. 2) To move the boom arm of a crane up and down.






27. The person who oversees the lighting of the set and makes lighting changes - if they are needed - during production.






28. The part of the lens that allows light to pass through.






29. The directors key assistant in charge of all production concerns on the floor. Example: communicate with talent






30. A person who oversees several production.






31. 1) To turn a camera horizontally by rotating the camera mounting head. 2) The shot produced by panning a camera. 3) A rectangular floodlight






32. A camera view of the subject from a relatively great distance usually showing the subject in its entirety.






33. Indicates that the camera is level






34. 1) A large camera mount with an extended boom arm for a camera and a seat for a camera operator - all placed on a large four-wheeled base. 2) To move the boom arm of a crane up and down.






35. The creator and originator of a television program - usually in charge of elements such as writing - music clearance - financial considerations - and hiring the director.






36. To move the camera and its mount closer to or farther from the subject.






37. The person who assembles raw footage into a final program.






38. The stage during which all the shooting for a program is undertaken.






39. A camera view of the subject from a relatively great distance - usually showing the subject in its entirety.






40. To move the camera and its mount laterally to the right or left.






41. Pointing the camera down or up






42. A series of digital television formats developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee.






43. A person who creates words - drawings and some visual effects that are incorporated with a production.






44. combination of studio and field production. Sports - parades






45. The part of a tape recorder or player that pulls the tape through the machine at the proper speed.






46. Camcorder is essential because this is when you are filming outdoors or not in a studio. 'real world' shooting






47. A method of representing video or audio signals using a 'wave' of continuously.






48. A method of representing video or audio signals that uses discrete 'on' and 'off' pulses. The value of a digital signal at any point can be either 'off'(0) or 'on'(1)






49. A principle of composition that divides the TV screen into thirds - horizontally and vertically and places objects of interest at the points where the lines intersect.






50. A feature found on some zoom lenses that allows the operator to focus on objects very close to the lens.