One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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A device which reproduces the picture and sound of a film on a small scale, to allow checking and editing.
- ‘Upright moviolas are those tractor-like machines you see in old movies in the ‘cutting room’ scenes.’
- ‘They rented film gear, including the moviola they set up in John's home to edit the footage.’
- ‘Years ago, editorial companies had editors on one side of the hall cutting picture on moviolas, and sound editors on the other side of the hall cutting sound on moviolas (in the sound editorial department).’
- ‘Also, they edit these films on moviolas or monitors not much bigger than your home computer, so they miss stuff that can only be seen when blown up to 60 feet.’
- ‘Perhaps tools like moviolas might have more efficiently weeded out the dabblers - it's hard to say since moviolas were part of a more elitist type of technology and denied many an opportunity.’
- ‘Many of these movements you wouldn't even see unless you studied the film on the moviola.’
- ‘It is dedicated to Argentine cinema and its patrimony is shaped by the first cameras and projectors, with moviolas, wardrobes, equipment, models, sketches, awards and personal belongings of actresses, actors and movie directors.’
1920s: from movie + -ola (probably from pianola).
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