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Glossary of TV Production Terms

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A-roll   Video that is used for both visual and audio presentation purposes.

above the line   The creative elements of a television production project, including but not limited to writers, producers, directors, talent, and the like. These are the names/titles that often appear above the bold line on a standard production budget or worksheet.

A/B-roll splicing   Cutting between two video sources playing simultaneously.

accent light   A light such as a key light, a kicker, or a backlight that calls attention to one particular subject.

action axis   (“180-degree rule”) An imaginary line between two subjects; used to secure the continuity of camera movements and direction.

ad-lib   Impromptu comment or action ...

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