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Multitrack audio post - 2

Martin Johnson - Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Now that you've organised your audio tracks in your digital audio editing tool, what's the next step? The first thing to do is to listen to each audio track and carry out the necessary equalisation, compression and normalisation. I start at the beginning and work on the sync audio tracks first; Set fade in and fade out at beginning and end of the track. Whilst this might only be a few frames, it stops the track 'cutting in' at the beginning and 'cutting out' at the end. A quick f .. click to read full post.

Multitrack audio post

Martin Johnson - Saturday, January 18, 2014
Creating a multitrack audio mix for your video project is a very simple process using a digital audio editing system. Most Non Linear Editing programs allow up to 99 audio tracks, which for most corporate videos is a bit over the top. Generally my projects have between six and ten tracks. Setting up your tracks The best time to set up your tracks is at the beginning of the edit session. Whilst this means a bit of planning, thinking ahead can mean you'll save time down the track when  .. click to read full post.
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Post production sound

Martin Johnson - Friday, January 17, 2014
I love doing post-production sound on my video projects. Partly because as this is the last thing I do before producing the masters, I'm close to the end of the project (and sending out the invoice!). But also because it's amazing to 'hear and see' the improvement properly post-produced audio brings to the finished product. (See previous post (/pro-videoblogger/getting-the-sound-right) on why good sound is important.) Steps to audio post Until the images are 'locked off', you ca .. click to read full post.
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Getting the sound right

Martin Johnson - Thursday, January 16, 2014
I'm not sure who said this, but its true. "Viewers will more readily accept poor pictures with great sound than great images with poor sound". At first reading, this sounds wrong. Surely, it's all about the image? On-line discussion in video forums, etc seems to be always about the latest camera and its 4K abilities. Isn't image quality the thing? Don't get me wrong, you do need good quality images but you also need good quality sound. Poor sound accompanying your crisp 4K images .. click to read full post.
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Working with clients

Martin Johnson - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
One of the most important relationships you have when you're shooting corporate video is the one you have with your client. After all, they're the one who has contracted you to produce the video, so you need to get along with them and ideally involve them in the process. Now that doesn't mean they get involved with the technical or the aesthetic details. Rather you want them to help you make the shoot run smoothly. They have hired you to shoot the video, so you need to tell them how  .. click to read full post.
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