CARTRIDGE A continuous loop of tape encased in
plastic and used to play music and sound effects. It
is played in a cartridge machine and recues itself
automatically after each use. Commonly referred to
as a cart in the broadcast industry.
CATHODE-RAY TUBE In television, a vacuum
tube using a controlled beam of electrons that strike
a fluorescent target (the television screen) and emit
CCU Camera Control Unit. In television, a device
consisting of a waveform monitor, television
monitor and shading control used by technicians to
monitor and adjust the video levels of a studio
camera. The CCU is normally located in the
television control room.
CD See COMPACT DISC.
CHANGE TRANSMITTAL The medium used to
transmit changes to an instruction, and under special
circumstances, a notice.
CHARACTER GENERATOR In television, a
computer graphics system used to create letters and
numbers in a variety of sizes and fonts.
CHINFO Chief of Information. Normally a rear
admiral who is responsible for the development of
Navy public affairs guidance.
CHROMA KEY In television, an electronic special
effect that combines two video sources into a
composite picture, creating the illusion that the two
sources are physically together.
CIRCUIT In radio and television, a group of Navy
Broadcasting Service (NBS) detachments or
Shipboard Information, Training and Entertainment
(SITE) equipped ships that receive the same weekly
package of program material units on a sequential
basis from the Armed Forces Radio and Television
Service Broadcast Center (AFRTS-BC). All circuits
within a specific geographical area are overseen by
a circuit manager.
CLOSE-UP (CU) In television and still photography,
a shot in which the talent or subject is of primary
interest and only a small segment of the background
COLOR BARS In television, a color standard used
to test and align color television equipment.
COLOR TEMPERATURE The apparent color of a
light source in terms of its relative blue or red
content. Color temperature is measured in degrees
COLORS, PRIMARY In still photography and
television, blue, green and red.
COLORS, SECONDARY In still photography and
television, cyan, yellow and magenta.
COLUMN INCH An area thats one column wide
and one inch deep and is used in measuring the
contents of a newspaper page.
COLUMN RULE A thin, vertical line used to
separate columns of type and to separate unrelated
items, such as photographs and stories, from the rest
of the page.
COMMAND HISTORY (1) The only overall
account of the activities and achievements of a U.S.
Navy command. Annual command histories are
housed at the Naval Historical Center in
Washington, D.C. and serve as the eventual basis
for published naval histories. (2) The portion of a
welcome aboard booklet or media information kit
that briefly summarizes the history of a command.
COMMAND PRESENTATION A visual
presentation that covers the mission and history of
a command. It is usually narrated live from a script
and accompanied by either overhead transparencies
or 35mm slides. The command presentation
also may be recorded on videotape.
COMMAND RELEASING AUTHORITY The
individual designated by the commander to release
home town news in block two of the Fleet Home
Town News Release Form (NAVSO 5724/1). .
COMMAND WELCOME INFORMATION See
WELCOME ABOARD BOOKLET.
COMPACT DISC A 4 3/4-inch plastic platter with
digitally encoded audio. When inserted in a
compact disc player, the disc is seamed by a laser
beam positioned above it, thus producing superior
COMPILATION CUTTING In television, a video-
tape editing technique whereby segments are tied
together through narration.
COMPUTER GRAPHIC In television, an elec-
tronic picture stored digitally in a computer that may
be recalled for airing or altering by a graphic artist.
CONTACT PRINTING In still photography, a
method of printing whereby the print produced is in
immediate contact with the original or negative.
These prints are the same size as the original or