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Real World Digital Video, Second Edition by Gerald Everett Jones, Pete Shaner

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Keeping Track of Your Takes

Slate every take! The slate should show the scene number, take number, and beginning timecode. If you are shooting dual-system sound, use a clapper board. (For more information on smart slates and dual-system sound, see “Using a Clapper Board and Timecode” in Chapter 7.)

If you fail to slate a shot at the beginning, shoot the slate at the end of the take, but hold it upside down. Reasons to skip the front-slate might include wanting to start the camcorder quickly to capture an actor's sudden burst of emotion or shooting an ECU so tight that the slate won't fit. All experienced editors will recognize this industry practice of tail-slating a take.

When you start a new DV cassette, set the timecode. You will recall that ...

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