A married print
is a film print
which has had an optical soundtrack added onto the print. As the process usually is fairly expensive and resource-intensive, it usually is one of the last stages of post-production. Due to the intermittent motion of movie projectors
and movie cameras
, the sound cannot be located adjacent to the actual frames it is synced to, but instead must be offset by 21 frames (35mm). Because of this, a married print can not be edited, and thus should only be done when the picture edit has been "locked" (as well as the sound, of course). Marrying a print is often done at the stage of the answer print
, although this is not strictly a requirement.