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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Animated Viewers

 

Some cutting rooms are equipped with an animated viewer. Amateur movie makers frequently do all their editing on a viewer of this kind which they call an ‘editor’. Animated viewers usually consist of a few rollers and a small viewing screen, three or four inches across, on which the picture is projected via a rotating prism. They are often fixed to a small baseboard with a rewind arm on either side. To move the frames through the gate you increase the tension on the film, which is fed from one rewind arm to the other via the viewer. The speed at which film can be viewed depends entirely on the speed at which the rewind arms are turned. This kind of viewer can be useful in finding material to make a first assembly but its professional ...

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