- When making sync rolls stringing together of 2-3 camera rolls is
common. (The limitation is primarily the size of the Steenbeck
- In the past editors would use 3/8" paper tape in a strip about 4"
long that had the sync mark on it making it possible to shift it
around on the leader neatly if needed.
- A hole punch through the Head & Tail sync mark once finished,
helps with visual detection of the reference point from either
side of the material on a bench or in the mixing room.
- Spacer or fill leader is added to take up time when either the
recorder or camera is not running. That material should be in
good mechanical condition, not shrunken, without perf damage and
contain no misleading marks. Whenever Fill or slug is inserted
into the soundtrack it should be done in such a way that the base
side contacts the mag head so, it is less likely to foul the head
- When complete a "Sync set" is designated a Sync Roll number such
as #1 which then progresses in magnitude throughout the syncing
process. The coding prefixes selected usually follow in a similar
fashion starting with AAAA. If done this way, one is able to take
advantage of the chronological and orderly progression when
building the film.
Head leaders generally describe the following:
- If it's the head of the Picture or Sound rolls
(abbreviated Pix Head or SD Head)
- The Film's name
- The sync roll number
- The composition (Sound rolls x,y,z or Camera rolls
x,y,z) for reference to originals
- The head start mark (sync mark) is made on a single
frame, not the frame line!
- Example: Head Sync ------[X]------ Start Code AAAA-0000
Tail leaders generally describe the following:
Label the tail of the Picture or Sound roll, example; Pix Tail or SD Tail
Tail sync mark ------[X]------
is made on a single frame not the frame line!
Head and Tail Leaders should be a min. of 5 ft. with sync marks coming about 3 ft. in.
2” of fresh 3/8” tape should be used to secure the end, to avoid unraveling in transit.
11” x 11” white boxes are ideal for storage of sync sets and can be re-labeled with 1” tape.
If shipping these boxes be sure to bag the film and pad the interior to avoid damage.
Loose wound rolls should be rewound or labeled as such.