In your cue sheet, label the column that has the location of 2-Pop's as "2-Pop" or "2-Pop Location"
So if your music actually starts at 10.00.01.12, you would put a two pop at 09.59.58.00, exactly two seconds before the start of the ﬁrst frame of the picture.
You then put the timecode as part of the ﬁle name and then there can be no confusion
Many composers just give the editor the start time of the audio ﬁle without putting a two pop on the front whhen they're delivering cues like this. I often put the timecode as part of the ﬁle name to stop it getting lost or separated.
Now we have music that is
1. At the correct sample rate
2. At the correct bit depth
3. In the correct audio format
4. With the correct sync mark or two pop on the front
I would always send a text file with the upload or enclosed with the package. It should include:
Your name, address and contact details.
The name of the production, the production company and the producer it is intended for.
The technical details of the files i.e. 16bit 48khz AIFFs.
And the date or version number to avoid confusion.
If your music is received by a busy post-production house, they might have dozens of things on the go at any one time so your stuff could easily get lost.
So you covering sheet should look something like this:
Composer: Jim Farmer
Big Bad Music Company
14 Acacia Gardens
London W12 9RJ
Tel: 020 8740 1234
Project: 'Florida the Sunshine State'
Production Company: Elgin Productions
Contact: Peter Swain
24bit 48khz AIFF files
Music - Final Mixes 15th March 2015
1 Opening Title 10:00:00:00
2 Crime in Paradise 10:04:00:00
3 Capital City Money 10:06:00:00
4 Closing Titles 10:08:00:00
More important than life itself
In future every time you submit an assignment I expect you to do something like this. If you don't, your work will be returned unmarked. I know its boring and mundane, but if you don't get into the habit of doing it professionally you will eventually run into big trouble.
Check frame rate
Be sure picture is running at the same speed as the frame rate