Glossary of Terms - K

A glossary of terms covering lighting, audio, vision and staging in the event and theatrical industry.

There can be a number of meanings for some terms which can vary from country to country and manufacturer to manufacturer. Information within this guide is indicative and every situation can require a different approach and solution. All care has been taken, however, Image Group NZ accepts no responsibility for inaccuracies. If you have any suggestions, comments or queries regarding this list please contact us.

K

KBPS
Kilobits per second. 1 Thousand bits per second.

KELVIN
See COLOUR TEMPERATURE.

KEYSTONE CORRECTION
The innovation of using optics design or other methods to apply a "negative" keystone to the image, which will partially cancel the effects of keystoning. If you aim a projector with keystone correction at a screen with the lens level with the middle of the screen, you will note that the image at the bottom is wider than the top. When the projector is in normal position, pointing upward 10-25 degrees, the resulting image is fairly rectangular.

KEYSTONING
Keystoning is caused when the projected image is not perpendicular to the screen, making the top and bottom of the image different widths for a trapezoid effect.

KEY LIGHT
(Esp. TV & Film lighting) The dominant light source/direction in a naturalistic lighting state. In a sunny drawing room, the key light would be through the window, for a naturalistic exterior scene the direction of the key light could change as the sun progressed across the sky. See FILL LIGHT.

KICKER LIGHT
Lanterns placed to the side of the actor to maximise the sculptural quality of the light are sometimes known as KICKERS.

KILL
To switch off (a light/sound effect); to strike/remove (a prop).

KILOHERTZ
A frequency of one thousand cycles per second (1 kHz).

KILOWATT
1 kilowatt (1kW) is equal to 1000 Watts. The WATT is a measure of electrical power.

KIT
1. General name for equipment.
2. Short for Drum kit.

KVA
Kilo-Volt Amps. Unit of electrical power.

 

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