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Separate sound track, leader tape or non-developed pellicule

That is a separate sound track, leader tape or non-developed pellicule.

You can find more information on these carriers below:

Separate sound track

Is the strip completely brown, transparent with horizontal lines, with a small brown strip or an audio track? Then it is a separate sound track. In the early days of the film, you could not record sound and image at the same time. Besides, a separate sound tape allows to easily switch audio tracks, for example in the case of a film in different languages.

Leader tape

Is the strip completely white, transparent or coloured? Then it is a leader tape. This is an attachment that enables to put a film in a projector more easily. There is no audiovisual information on it. The strip consequently does not have any value. Unwind the tape enough to be sure there are no images on it, because a leader tape can be several feet long.


Non-developed film

Is the strip black or does it have another tint on the back? Then it will probably be a film that is not yet developed by a lab or that is not yet exposed. In case of doubt, ask advice from a digitisation company.

Niet-ontwikkelde pellicule

Unused photographic film

Finally you could have unused photographic film in your possession. If this is the case, the film is unusable: daylight has destroyed it.

Niet-ontwikkelde pellicule

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