How to Get An Accurate Estimate for Post-Production Sound

If you’re a filmmaker or producer looking to get an estimate for post-production sound, there’s a number of questions you’ll need to be prepared to answer. (If you’re a sound person, these questions will help you put together a better estimate.) What’s the Schedule/Timeline? What’s the project about? Some genres …

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Pro Tools Does Not Support Import of AAF/OMF References to Multi-Channel Audio Files

If you’re here, you’ve probably seen this dreaded error message in your Session Notes: “Pro Tools does not support import of aaf/omf references to multi-channel audio files.” So, what does it mean? AAF and OMF are file formats that exist to move media (like audio files) from one software to …

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Different Jobs At A Post-Production Sound Studio

If you’re looking to build a career in post-production sound (sound for picture like television, film, web) there’s two primary routes: Work for yourself Work for a facility that specializes in post-production sound There’s advantages and disadvantages to both. If you don’t have a lot of experience, working for yourself …

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Common Audio AAF Issues With Premiere

Adobe Premiere Pro is known among sound editors and mixers to be problematic when receiving audio by AAF (or OMF). There’s bugs, features that aren’t compatible with the AAF/OMF formats, and very little information from Adobe about any of it. I’ll refer to two types of AAFs: “Embedded” and “link to …

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Post-Production Basics: Mixing With Broadcast Limiters And Loudness Meters

Any time you’re working on a mix that’s going to broadcast, it’s important to ask for specs. Specs are essentially a set of rules for each broadcaster, such as: How loud content can be (overall average and peak levels) What format to deliver (files – including file type and bit …

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PAG Post Production Basics: Sound Editing (Dialog)

Post-Production Basics: Sound Editing – Dialog

Different types of sound editing Sound editing for picture can be broken into different elements (and job titles): Dialog editing (dialog editor) Music editing (music editor) Sound FX editing/sound design (sound designer, sound fx editor) Foley editing (Foley editor) These roles could be different people or it could be one …

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Post-Production Basics: What Is An OMF Or AAF, And Why Does It Matter?

One of the technical challenges in post-production is sharing media between video and audio. Here’s a basic overview of how it works. Audio on the Picture Side – what is the workflow? After a production shoot, video (from each camera) and all of the audio mics (captured to a recorder …

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