Kbps. Kilobits per second. Used to measure modem speed. See also bps.
KEM roll. Reel of picture or track wound on a core for editing on a KEM.
KEM. Flatbed film editing machine.
kerning. Space between letters of text that can be adjusted when titling or adding credits to a show on a CG or on a digital editing system.
key. Cutting an electronic hole (think of a keyhole) in a picture so another image or text can be seen. A key is a composite effect consisting of the background which contains the hole and the key element which fills the hole.
key code. Sequential numbers embedded in the edge of the film stock at regular intervals during manufacturing that are visible on the negative and work print.
key shot. See matte shot.
Keykode. Eastman Kodak’s bar code version of key code placed on the film in addition to and duplicating the key code.
keylink. A telecine log file. See also flex file.
keyLog. A telecine log file. See also flex file.
kilobyte. kB. 1024 bytes. A unit of measurement used to measure computer files sizes, data storage, and memory.
Kinescope. Transferring video to film by filming the video tape as it plays on a monitor.
KISS. Keep It Simple, Stupid. A current admonition applied to editing room procedures as well as many other technical and computer procedures.