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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Synchronisers: Types and Uses

 

Like motorised editing machines, synchronisers are vital pieces of cutting room equipment. The synchroniser, which is sometimes called the gang synchroniser, is a device for keeping the picture and a number of soundtracks in synchronism on the cutting bench.

The bench is easy to identify because it will normally have two linen bags hanging underneath. Between the two bags is a square glass panel set into the surface of the bench. A light is positioned under the glass panel and the synchroniser is normally used on this panel so that light shines through the film. The top of editing benches should be covered with plastic laminate or something as tough and easy to keep clean. It should not be longer than 60in and ...

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