Chapter 16Editing the Production

“The three great editing tools are context, contrast, and rhythm.”

—Jay Ankeney, Editor


Clip: A video segment.

Cut/take: An instantaneous switch from one shot to another.

Dissolve: An effect produced by fading out one picture while fading in another.

Fade (a type of dissolve): A gradual change between black and a video image. For example, at the end of a program there is usually a “fade to black” or, if there is a “fade-up,” it means that the director is transitioning from black to a video image. A slow fade suggests the peaceful end of action. A fast fade is rather like a “gentle cut,” used to conclude a scene.

Linear editing: The copying, or dubbing, of segments from the master tape to another tape ...

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