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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Synchronised Sound: Single System

 

In single-system sound shooting, sound is recorded on a magnetic stripe on the edge of the picture film as it is being exposed in the camera. Magnetically striped stocks are available in negative and reversal forms but nowadays their uses are very limited. Until the introduction of video most television news cameramen used single-system sound because it gave them mobility. You may still find sound stripe equipment in use in a few places, especially if you find yourself working in one of the less prosperous countries, so I will briefly explain how it works in case you find you are presented with a striped master film which you have to edit.

Magnetic stripe sound advance

The intermittent film movement through ...

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