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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Synchronised Sound: Double System

 

In cutting a film you will also have to prepare the soundtrack. Again you must have suitable materials to work with.

Cutting sound

A 16mm film can be shot without any sound at all, Documentary films are often shot “mute”. The whole soundtrack is prepared during cutting, An alternative is to shoot with synchronised sound. What is synchronised sound, and how is it filmed?

Synchronised sound exactly matches the picture to which it refers. If a shot shows a man hitting a nail with a hammer, the bang on the soundtrack will exactly match the point at which the hammer and the nail touch in the picture, But if you are cutting sound and picture on separate pieces of film, as is usually the case, you will find that ...

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