Video Editing Terminology
Capture Device: A hardware or firmware device used to convert analogue video into digital video.
Compressors & Codecs: Software or firmware used to compress and decompress digital video. Compression makes the file size smaller.
Editing: The process of rearranging, adding and/or removing sections of video clips. Also, creating transitions between clips. Editing is part of post-production.
Encoding: The process of converting digital video into a particular format, for example, saving a video project in MGEG-2 format for DVD distribution.
Layering: Adding multiple layers of superimposed video.
Linear Editing: Also known as tape to tape editing. A method of editing in which footage is copied from one tape to another in the required order (more info).
Non Linear Editing: An editing method which uses computer software to edit the footage (more info).
Transition: The way one shot changes to the next (more info).
Post Production: Everything that happens to the video and audio after production, i.e. after the footage has been shot. Post production includes video editing, audio editing, titling, colour correction, effects, etc.