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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Cutting with Wild Sound

 

Often, 16mm films are shot without any sound at all. Others are shot without synchronised sound but with “wild” sound. What are “wild” sound tracks and what is involved in cutting a film shot with them or without any sound at all?

Sounds recorded on equipment working independently of a camera are known as wild tracks. Synchronised sound matches the picture exactly for it is recorded on equipment locked to the camera by a synchronising pulse. Wild tracks have to be synchronised in the cutting room. They cannot be synchronised accurately for long takes so there is no use in recording dialogue sequences wild. Wild tracks are normally used to provide background sounds — the sounds which are so important to the pace and ...

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