NABET. National Association of Broadcast Engineers, union for television networks which includes editors.
NAT. Natural sound recorded by a news crew on the field tape which may be sync or wild sound.
natural pause. Animation term. Three to four frames added to the dialogue track where a speaker would pause naturally, usually before and after every line and at spots the director calls for during a line.
NDF. See non-drop frame.
needle drop. See source music.
negative continuity. A list of every edit in the film, which is written by the negative cutter, editor, or assistant editor on a show that cuts and finishes on film, It includes the shot number, slate, length, and start and end key code.
negative cutter. Person who cuts the negative.
negative. Film that is shot in the camera and developed by the lab where the colors are opposite their true hues.
NLE. Nonlinear Editing System. See also Digital Editing System.
non-drop frame. Method of numbering and of accounting for NTSC videotape frames that counts each frame in order to be data accurate.
non-square pixel, a.k.a. rectangular pixel. Non 1:1 pixel aspect ratio used in DV and on all TV screens.
nonlinear editing. Making or recording each edit in non-sequential order.
NTSC. National Television Standards Committee. U.S. videotape standard with 525 video scan lines which runs on a 60 hertz AC power cycle at 30 fps and has a frame size of 720 x 480. Also used in the rest of North America and central America as well as Japan and environs, South Korea, the Netherlands, and parts of South America.