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Clapperboarding... Who needs it? I do, you do, we all do.
Clapperboarding is a very important part of the overall editing and dubbing process of animation. We use a digital clapperboarding concept to make sure that all the sound and video of a project comes together with the proper timing. This way it won't be out of sink at all and the animated characters will come to life more.
The Ancient Art of the Clapboard
"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere." -Carl Sagan
A clapperboard is a gadget used in film making, animations and video production. The industry uses the clapperboard to guide the syncing of picture and audio, and to assign and tag specific scenes and different takes taped throughout a production. The distinct "clapping" sound that the clapperboard creates can be recognized very easily on an sound track, and the closing of the clap stick can be acknowledged easily on the separate photo reel. The two tracks can then be accurately synced up by coordinating the audio and motion. Alternative labels for the clapperboard include things like the clapper, clapboard, the slate or slate board; sync slate, time slate, sticks, the board, and the marker.
Now with new technology and advancements in animation software synching can be done with great precision. When an animation's audio and image reel are not synchronized; we call it a lip flap. We at Broomstikz and HireAnAnimator.com go out of our way and take the utmost care that we insure our finished products contain almost untraceable amounts of lip flap. Audio discrepancies can really take all of the quality out of a project if not synced correctly. We make sure this doesn't happen. When you get the audio and video to blend precisely the finished product tends to take on a life of its own and the production process is untraceable.
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