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Audio Postproduction for Film and Video

After-the-Shoot solutions, Professional Techniques,and Cookbook Recipes to Make Your Project Sound Better, 2nd Edition

By Jay Rose

  1. ISBN: 9780240809717
  2. Publication Date: October 2008
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 444
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Description

New to this edition:

* Learn how many Hollywood techniques--previously impractical on video--can help solve problems on smaller productions

* Expanded cookbook recipes section

* Technically updated throughout

Make your soundtracks as good as your pictures with this compendium of professional audio techniques that can be adapted to desktop post. Specializing in sound after the shoot, this book features many practical examples, cookbook recipes, and tutorials. Audio theory, when necessary, is presented in plain English with plenty of visual analogies.

FAQs, full explanations, and from-the-trenches tips address the complete range of processes from wiring and hardware to testing the final mix. The one-hour audio CD features platform-independent diagnostics, demonstrations, and tutorial tracks. Novices will learn how to improve their soundtrack--even after the actors have gone home. Experienced producers will learn how to solve technical and creative problems quickly.

You'll get recipes and step-by-step instructions on how to:

* build an efficient and reliable audio post setup

* plan and budget a good soundtrack

* get sound into your NLE without losing quality or sync

* edit voices and music

* record Foley and ADR

* find music and use it effectively

* find and create your own sound effects

* shape sounds with equalization, reverb, noise reduction, and more

* produce the final mix

* test the final product for various media

Please visit the author's website for additional resources: http://www.dplay.com/book/app2e/

Author Bio

Clio-and Emmy-award-winning sound engineer Jay Rose is creative director of the Digital Playroom. Specializing in post-production audio, his clients include PBS, Buena Vista Home Video, and Turner Network Television. Rose has written about audio for Videography, Recording, and Premiere Full Motion magazines.

Reviews

"Topics are not shortchanged… The chapter on dialogue editing alone is worth the price of the book."--S.D. Katz, millimeter magazine

"The book's audio CD … is a valuable collection of sounds and tutorials that are expertly coordinated with the book's text."--Michael Pastore, Epublishers Weekly

Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Vibrations to Volts to Bits
A Tree Falls in a Forest
How Sound Works
Pressure to Voltage and Back
Digital Audio
Digital vs. Analog

Chapter 2: The Studio: Acoustics and Monitoring
Facility Goals
Acoustics
Monitoring
Monitor Switching


Chapter 3: The Studio: Equipment and Wiring
Wiring for Audio Post
Guerrilla Problem Solving

Chapter 4: The Studio: Audio Software
Splices Were Cross-Fades
Audio Software

Chapter 5: Planning the Track
Different Media Are Heard Differently
Spread Things Around
Consider the Workflow
Preproduction for Postproduction

Chapter 6: Getting Audio into the Computer
Analog Audio Recording
Synchronization
Troubleshooting Transfers and Ingest

Chapter 7: Voice-over Recording a Dialog Replacement
Voice-over Perspective
What's Needed for Voice-over Recording
The Human Factor: Directing
ADR

Chapter 8: Editing Dialog
This Chapter is in Three Sections
Dialogue Editing Techniques
Track Splitting and Filling
Restoring Lipsync by Eye


Chapter 9: Finding and Editing Music
Getting the Music
Music Editing


Chapter 10: Working with Sound Effects
Sound Effect Sources
Placing and Editing Sound Effects
Sound Effects Design

Chapter 11: Equalization
Frequency Bands
Equalizer Characteristics and Types
Tuning an Equalizer
Equalizer Cookbook

Chapter 12: Dynamics Control
Characteristics and Controls
Dynamics Cookbook

Chapter 13: Time-Domain Effects
The Short Delays
Long Delays
Reverberation
Reverb and Distancing
Reverb Settings

Chapter 14: Time and Pitch Manipulation
Speed-based Effects
Changing Pitch and Time Independently
Pitch Shifters
Time and Pitch Cookbook

Chapter 15: Noise Reduction
The Reality of Noise Removal
Masking
A Few Other Noise Reduction Facts
Single-ended Processing

Chapter 16: Other Effects
Stereo Simulation
Creating New Effects by Combining Old Ones

Chapter 17: The Mix
What a Mix Needs
Putting Things in Perspective
How to Mix
No Cookbook, but a Tasting


Chapter 18: After the Mix
Layback and Print Mastering
Keep Lots of Copies
Testing the Track
Data Compression and Streaming
Release Formats
Afterword

Chapter 19: Help!
Problems with Sound Quality
Random Strangenesses
Lipsync Problems
Edit and Mix Problems
Glossary
About the CD