Twelve common video editing terms you should know

For any industry, it is important to understand the language, or the terms used to work efficiently and evolve in that field.

Learning the terms should be a part of your initial steps in learning. And when you lack this understanding, you would not be able to understand what your peers are talking about, what your client’s requirement is, and eventually, you might lose interest in your job.

When you confidently use these terms, it shows your command over your industry.

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Now, as you read ahead, you will come across various terminologies used in the video editing process.

Let us get started.

Aspect ratio

Aspect ratio is the ratio of width to the height of a video and the commonly used aspect ratios are 16:9, 4:3, etc.

Batch Capture

The ability of an application or software to involuntarily import chosen files or clips from the source media is known as batch capture.


B-roll is an alternative or secondary footage to the main footage. It is commonly used to create visual interest or provide context to help you narrate a story. For example, in a news report, when the reporter narrates an incident, you will see the relevant video played on the screen.

Bit rate

In simple words, the bit rate is the amount of data transmitted per second.


Chroma key is also referred to as the green screen effect. It is a visual effect technique used for layering multiple video streams together.


Codec is the acronym for compression-decompression. It is the technology used to compress video file data.


Composting is the method used to combine visual elements from different sources into a single image. This gives an illusion that all those visual elements are parts of the same image.


Crawl is the text effect where the text goes from left to right direction. This is generally seen at the bottom or top of the screen.


Dissolve is also known as crossfade; it is an image transition effect in which one image gradually disappears as another image appears.

Lip sync

Lip sync is the process of synchronization of audio and video, the speaker’s lip movement, and audible speech.

Raw footage

Raw footage is the pre-edited video that comes directly from the device it was shot on, say camera.


The process a computer takes on while creating an applied effect, composite, or transition is referred to as rendering.

Final thoughts

In this article, we have covered twelve terms that are commonly used in the postproduction video editing process. There are many other terms as well, you can explore more to learn other terms.