A Few Obscure Video Production Terms

Author: OSV Studios | | Categories: Video Post-Production , Video Pre-Production , Video Production

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Every industry has its own language and terms. These words and phrases can be confusing to anyone who is not part of a specific industry’s daily operations, and the video production industry is no exception.

To help you understand the terms, acronyms, and phrases regularly used when making videos, OSV Studios has created this handy reference guide. Here you’ll find valuable information allowing you to comprehend and communicate your video production needs effectively.

C47: Just a fancy name for a clothespin.

Beach: A sandbag used to weigh down a stand.

Striking: What we say before turning on a light.

Martini: The last shot of the day.

Stinger: An extension cord.

CTO/CTB: (Color Temperature Orange and Color Temperature Blue). Gels used to change the color of lights

Floppy: A black flag used to block light

Room Tone: The sound of a quiet room recorded after a scene or interview

Barn Doors: An adjustable blinder to block light

Bounce: A bright-colored object used to reflect a light source

Sticks: Another name for a tripod

Lollipop: An attachment for the top of a stand to hold an arm or light

Safety: A backup shot, just in case

Speeding: When a sound device or camera starts recording

Pancake: A small crate (or apple box)

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