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Re: ACMED code



In a message dated 97-07-03 21:47:43 EDT, jfmann at worldnet.att.net (James
Mann) writes:

<<  other that being a nice way to organize the dailies
 for the editor, what so great about it? >>

ACMADE code, or ink numbers, allows the editor to see sync instantly when
dealing with film print and mag on a bench...if the numbers are out of
alignment in the synchronizer, you knew you were out of sync. That's because
the same exact set of numbers are applied to the picture as well as the mag
track after syncing and assembly of the dailies rolls. Second, it's an
edgenumber system for mag track, so when mag gets cut up, it can be
reconstituted if need be; same goes for film print. Third, it is the way film
and mag trims are cataloged and stored for future use after initial editing,
so the editor can find head and tail trims. Most importantly, it forms the
basis for editing room logbooks and the library of film rolls, providing a
cross reference for any piece of film or track to scene numbers, soundroll
numbers, and labroll (OCN) numbers. Assistants enter all of this into a
reference database.

Today, the edit room logbooks are still using ACMADE code as a crossreference
to film and mag track, and systems such as Lightworks and Avid Film Composer
track these ACMADE ink numbers during the course of digital editing. A
cutlist representing the digital edit can be generated, which represents the
edits as a list of ACMADE numbers from which an assistant can match film
workprint and mag track, allowing screening of the digital edit in film form.
After completion, negative cutters can work from conformed workprint in the
usual manner to match the negative. So as you now can see, it indeed DOES
become a way to get back to the OCN. No "eyematching" required.

Unfortunately, most (not all)  telecine houses in New York have no idea what
ACMADE was designed for, which is indeed alarming, as Mike Most points out.
The current attitude of most (not all) video dailies houses in New York
towards precision in the way synced film dailies are delivered is deplorable.
I find it alarming, to say the least,  that one of the most prominent labs in
this city has no idea how ACMADE inknumbers are used in feature film
production.

Basil Pappas
CBS NY

PS. The ACMADE name is derived from the brandname of the machine used to
apply the inknumbers to the film rolls. I believe the machine is American
made.

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