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optical printer

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noun

a film printer used in making optical effects, consisting basically of a camera that photographs the image with special lenses to enlarge, reduce, distort, etc., and a projector that transfers the image to the print stock, as distinguished from a contact printer.

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Origin of optical printer

First recorded in 1940–45
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