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How optical sound is put on the final print?

Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

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I saw on eBay someone was selling a set of 16mm lab prints. One reel had the image (I think it was a neg) and one had the optical track on film. Is this the common way things are done? How is the reel of optical sound synched with the final film? Is it contact printed?

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Yes, image negative (internegative) and sound negative are brought into contact with print film raw stock, light shone through. On a sound or combined printer which has the corresponding heads that happens in one pass. The exposed film gets afterwards developed and there is your married print.

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