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Cinema and Television Specialist Magazine - A Glossary of Film Terms ( U )



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Ultra-Sonic Cleaner - A sophisticated cleaning machine found at labs to clean negatives prior to printing or transfer to video. It uses sound waves to shake loose dust.

Ultra-Sonic Splicer - An expensive and sophisticated splicing machine used for splicing Polyester Base stock.

Undercrank - To run the camera slower, producing fast motion. The term has survived from the time when you would crank a camera.

Underexposure - Filming a scene with less light than the emulsion of the film needs for a correct exposure. The image will be too dark. If compensated for in printing, the image will appear grainy, and very muddy.

“Unprofessional” - An insult hurled at someone during a crisis when they have broken some unwritten rule of professional conduct. Commonly the term is used with the most frequency by people to whom it would just as easily apply.

Upright Moviola or Upright - An editing machine with arms in back to hold the take up and supply reels. The film moves up and around to a screen on the front. Foot petals control motors for sound speed and variable speed viewing.