Checking and rechecking is an important point for the beginning editor to learn. Your check system should begin with a careful evaluation of your splices, while you are learning and as long as you edit film. Here's how to do it:

When you feel that you have mastered the art of splicing, make several splices in a row and ask an expert to critique them for you. He may be able to point out defects in your splices that you did not notice.

Before moving on to something else, make experimental splices on as many kinds of film as possible. Some present special problems in determining emulsion from base. Others require extra drying time. You will also find that you will have to make slight variations in your scraping pressure when changing from one film stock to another. The more experience you gain in splicing varied stocks, the more confidence you will feel in your splicing abilities.

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