Sound Cutter

Edit and synchronize music, dialogue, and sound effects.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$26,000 – $112,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sound Cutters do?

Edits and synchronizes music, dialogue, and sound effects of motion picture film and video tape into single sound-print for film or video-tape production: Loads combination sound-and-picture reproducing machine with picture and sound-track films and video tape. Starts machine, views action through aperture, and listens to sound being reproduced, using earphones. Notes dupe sheet for sound effects to accompany or punctuate action. Determines that sound matches picture or dupe sheet indicates sound-effect insertion. Stops machine at such points and marks symbol on film with grease pencil or notches symbol on video tape, using electronic device. Rewinds prints onto reels by reversing action of machine. Sets reels on rewinder, turns handle until both sound and picture are unwound to points marked by symbol, and splices sound effect into sound print.

Should I be a Sound Cutter?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Plotter

    How to become a Sound Cutter

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