Glossary of Terms - N

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

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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.

NEON

    A type of discharge lighting generated by a high voltage across two oppositely charged electrodes at opposite ends of a long, thin glass tube filled with neon gas. As the electrical charge flows between the electrodes, electrons collide with neon atoms causing them to give off energy in the form of visible light. Different colours can be obtained by mixing other gases, or by using fluorescent coatings. Mostly used for advertising signs - the glass tube is bent to form letters.
    A small mains voltage indicator lamp.

NETWORK

    An interconnected group of nodes.
    A series of points, nodes, or stations connected by communications channels; the collection of equipment through which connections are made between data stations.

NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTER
(ND) Lighting filter which reduces the brightness/intensity of a light source without changing its colour value. Used extensively in TV/film for reducing the intensity of discharge lamps or natural light sources (e.g. windows). Rarely used in theatre as dimmers fulfil a similar function (although as incandescent lamps are dimmed, the colour temperature gets warmer).

NOISE
Any extraneous sound or signal that intrudes into the original as a result of environmental noise, distortion, hum, or defective parts in the equipment.

NON DIM
Channels, usually controlled from the lighting desk which are switched, rather than dimmed. This enables motors, slide projectors, smoke machines etc to be controlled from the lighting desk.

NOTCH FILTER
A band rejection filter that produces a sharp notch in the frequency response of a system, thus reducing the gain or amplitude of a narrow band of frequencies centred on a given frequency.

NTSC
The United States broadcast standard for video and broadcasting. An older standard and lower resolution than systems used in most of the world.

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