Density Control Puncher

Punch symbols in perforated tape or notches in film negatives.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Density Control Punchers do?

Punches symbols in perforated tape or notches in negative film which control color and light density changes during printing of motion picture film, using electric tape puncher, film footage counter, and hand notcher: Punches density control symbols in tape according to timing specifications, using tape puncher. Feeds tape through viewing machine and observes light, color, and film footage recordings to verify accuracy of punched symbols. Mounts roll of filter tape or reel of negative film on bench spindle and threads material through footage counter onto takeup spindle. Turns crank to wind material through footage counter and observes footage recording or negative image to determine where density changes are required. Stops counter at point where density change is indicated and cuts filter tape, using cutting machine or notches film, using hand notcher. Routes tape and film to printing department. Maintains production records. May be designated according to method used as Matte Cutter; Negative Notcher.

Should I be a Density Control Puncher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Density Control Puncher

    Density Control Punchers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Density Control Puncher-related education!
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