(n.) Short for static friction, a condition in which a hard disk drive’s read/write heads become stuck to the disk��s platters with enough strength to keep the platters from spinning, resulting in hard drive failure. When a computer is turned off, its hard drive’s read/write heads park on the platter’s landing zones. Under normal circumstances, the heads will lift off the platter when the computer’s hard drive is activated and the platters rotate. Stiction typically occurs when a computer has been turned off for long periods of time.
- still frame
A single captured frame within a video file. Video editing programs will provide options for authors to grab a single image (still frame) from within a video clip. These can be used like any still photo. Authors can also use a single still frame in their video by inserting the still frame into the clip […]
- stock photo
Stock photos (stock photography) are professional photographs of common places, landmarks, nature, events or people that are bought and sold on a royalty-free basis and can be used and reused for commercial design purposes. The photographer (or stock photography distributor) has ownership to the images, and the commercial designer has some limited usage of the […]
- stop error
Also called a fatal system error, an operating system (OS) error that causes the OS to stop functioning and can place data at risk. Not to be confused with a fatal error.
- stop bit
In asynchronous communications, a bit that indicates that a byte has just been transmitted. Every byte of data is preceded by a start bit and followed by a stop bit.
- Stop Motion Animation
In animation stop motion animation is a cinematic process, or technique used to makes static objects appear as if they were moving. This technique is commonly used in claymation and puppet-based animation. The objects are brought to life by breaking up the figure’s motion into increments and filming one frame of film per increment.