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reel

February 23, 2012

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A strip of film (tape) wound on a metal wheel. The wheel usually contains 15 to 20 minutes of film material.

mixer

February 10, 2012

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A piece of sound equipment used for preliminary adjustments of tracts as they are being recorded OR Crew member who operates the mixer (piece of equipment)

lav

February 9, 2012

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See: lavelier microphone

lapel mic

February 9, 2012

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See: lavelier microphone

lavalier microphone

February 9, 2012

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A lavalier microphone or lavalier small for TV, public speaking, theatre etc. It provides hand-free operations. Can be attached to collars, ties etc. thanks to special clips.

half apple

January 31, 2012

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Half-sized apple (box).

globe

January 31, 2012

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On film set – usually a light bulb.

full apple

January 31, 2012

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A full size apple (box).

baseball bat

January 31, 2012

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Type of flag – a long narrow one.

apple

January 31, 2012

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A simple wooden box used for everything (to store things, cables, to make the actor taller by placing him on it etc.) Name comes from: apple box.

lens

January 30, 2012

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A piece of glass with curved sides that gathers and focuses rays of light. Used in photography (so in cinematography). Lenses of different sizes and features give images of different visual qualities.

boom mike

January 30, 2012

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A microphone placed on a long pole used for recording the voices of actors (should stay invisible for the camera which sometimes causes much effort for the boom man).

subwoofer

January 27, 2012

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A speaker designed to reproduce low-frequency sounds (usually between  20 and 120 Hz).

umbrella

January 27, 2012

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A big umbrella used to protect the camera (or other equipment) from rain. OR A folding photographic reflector.

telecine

January 26, 2012

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The process of transferring materials recorded on film tape onto video equipment. Also the device used for this process.

sound baffle

January 26, 2012

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A tool used for reducing sound – a sound barrier. Usually made of textile.

rain hat

January 26, 2012

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A special cover for the microphone that protects it from rain.

lessee

January 25, 2012

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In leasing transactions: the entity that receives the right to hold and use leased property (in film mostly equipment) from a lessor in exchange for a a certain payment.

boom

January 24, 2012

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A boom is usually the microphone boom. It is a long pole with the microphone is at its end. It is held above or below the actors so that the camera won’t see it. This way the sound can be recorded.

clapperboard

January 24, 2012

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Used for synching picture with sound for editing and postproduction. The sound of the clapperboard is easily heard in the sound recording and at the same time it is easy to detect its exact moment in the visual material. Having the exact second of the hit both in sound and in picture these two are […]

adaptor/adapter

January 24, 2012

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A device used for joining incompatible devices (devices with incompatible plugs).

compendium shade

January 24, 2012

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A shade put on the camera lens. It protects the lens from direct impact of rain, snow etc. as well as from light coming directly into the lens (both natural and film lighting). It is also used for holding filters.

sandbag

January 24, 2012

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A sandbag put on legs of a tripod or other things makes them stand more steadily, protects them from strong wind, falling etc.

tripod

January 24, 2012

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Tripod is a portable  frame, used to support some other object (eg. camera) and keep it stable. A tripod has 3 legs (as is indicated by the name).

pan bar

January 24, 2012

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A handle used to move the head on which the camera is based.

crane

January 24, 2012

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A crane is a kind of a big lifting machine. The camera is settled at the end of the crane so that it can be moved up, down and to the sides, smoothly and dynamically on relatively big distances. A crane can be controlled mechanically or electronically.