Glossary of Film Terms

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Refers to 24 frames-per-second, progressive scan, the frame rate of sound  film, and one of the rates allowed for transmission in the DVB and ATSC television standards so that they can show film without needing any frame-rate change.


The formal registration of carriers into the custody and system of an archive


A small patch placed over a splice on the soundtrack of a motion picture film to cover the noise of the splice

Cellulose Acetate

Although generally acknowledged as being the best base for magnetic recording medium for many years, it is an unstable medium with a limited storage life and has been replaced by polyester; see also cellulose diacetate; cellulose nitrate; cellulose triacetate; ester; safety film