tele·​cine ˈte-li-ˌsi-nē How to pronounce telecine (audio)
: the equipment used in the process of transferring a motion picture to videotape or converting it into television images
also : such a process

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The sources for the DVD transfers were digital videotapes, which, as explains, were created in 1993 via telecine from an interpositive struck from the original negatives back in 1985. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 6 Nov. 2017 Further, as SaveStarWars demonstrates, the telecine source used for the DVDs was subject to a high degree of digital noise removal, which erases fine details. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 6 Nov. 2017 The same telecine was later given the THX treatment and used as the source for the 1995 Laserdisc release of the trilogy, which—up until the DVD release in 2006—was considered the definitive reference version of Star Wars on a home video format. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 6 Nov. 2017

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Word History


probably short for telecinema, from French télécinéma, from télé- tele- + cinéma cinema

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telecine was in 1935

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“Telecine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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