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Term: Optical Effect

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A special effect achieved by optical means, i.e. an optical printer, in contrast to effects created digitally using a computer. Examples of optical effects are fade-outs and fade-ins, lap dissolves, slow motion, fast motion, matte work and freeze frames. However, it should be pointed out that, nowadays, many of what were formerly optical effects are now also achieved digitally using computers.

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