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Audio Postproduction for Digital Video

Book Description

Written in the author's clear conversational style, with ample illustrations and visual analogies, this book features software agnostic tutorials and "cookbook recipes" for each phase of postaudio processing. The author begins with a section of FAQs from readers of the author's magazine column. After summarizing the significant points of audio theory, the author describes the preliminaries of setting up a post studio. From there he details every aspect of postproduction - from getting the tracks into the computer, to 'fixing and mixing,' to dealing with details of compression and streaming. The companion audio CD contains diagnostics, tutorial tracks, and demonstrations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Dedication
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction
  9. How this Book is Organized
  10. Chapter 1 Help!
    1. Problems with Understanding Technical Terms
    2. Problems with Sound Quality
    3. Lipsync Problems
    4. Edit and Mix Problems
    5. Random Strangenesses
    6. It Just Doesn’t Sound as Good as What I Hear at the Movies
  11. Chapter 2 Vibrations to Volts to Bits
    1. A Tree Falls in a Forest
    2. How Sound Works
    3. Loudness
    4. Analog Audio
    5. Digital Audio
    6. Digital vs. Analog
  12. Chapter 3 The Studio: Acoustics and Monitoring
    1. Facility Goals
    2. Acoustics
    3. Monitoring
  13. Chapter 4 The Studio: Equipment and Wiring
    1. Hardware for Audio
    2. Wiring for Audio Post
    3. Guerilla Problem Solving
  14. Chapter 5 The Studio: Audio Software
    1. Basics of Editing
    2. Audio Software
    3. File Exchange and Networking
  15. Chapter 6 Planning the Track
    1. Different Media Are Heard Differently
    2. Spread Things Around
    3. Preproduction for Postproduction
    4. The Postproduction Sequence
  16. Chapter 7 Getting Audio into the Computer
    1. Transfer Technology
    2. Digital Audio Transfers
    3. Analog Audio Recording
    4. Synchronization
    5. Troubleshooting the Transfer
  17. Chapter 8 Voice-over Recording and Dialog Replacement
    1. Voice-over Perspective
    2. What’s Needed for Voice-over Recording
    3. The Human Factors
    4. ADR
  18. Chapter 9 Editing Dialog
    1. Waveform-based Techniques
    2. Audio-based Editing
    3. Learning How to Listen Quickly
    4. Phonetic-based Editing
    5. Some More Tips for Great Edits
    6. Room Tone or Presence
    7. Restoring Lipsync by Eye
  19. Chapter 10 Finding and Editing Music
    1. Getting the Music
    2. Music Editing
  20. Chapter 11 Working with Sound Effects
    1. Sound Effect Sources
    2. Placing and Editing Sound Effects
    3. Sound Effects Design
  21. Chapter 12 Equalization
    1. Frequency Bands
    2. Equalizer Characteristics and Types
    3. Tuning an Equalizer
    4. Equalizer Cookbook
  22. Chapter 13 Dynamics Control
    1. Characteristics and Controls
    2. Types of Dynamics Processors
    3. Dynamics Cookbook
  23. Chapter 14 Time-Domain Effects
    1. The Short Delays
    2. Long Delays
    3. Reverberation
  24. Chapter 15 Time and Pitch Manipulation
    1. Speed-based Effects
    2. Changing Pitch and Time Independently
    3. Time and Pitch Cookbook
  25. Chapter 16 Noise Reduction
    1. It’s Not Really Noise Reduction
    2. A Few Other Noise Reduction Facts
    3. Single-ended Processing
    4. Noise Reduction Examples
  26. Chapter 17 Other Effects
    1. Stereo Simulation
    2. Other Phase-inversion Tricks
    3. Modulation and Harmonics
    4. Harmonic Exciters
    5. Cookbook: Creating New Effects by Combining Old Ones
  27. Chapter 18 The Mix
    1. What a Mix Needs
    2. Controlling levels
    3. Putting Things in Perspective
    4. Time-savers
    5. Mixing Elsewhere
    6. Layback
  28. Chapter 19 After the Mix
    1. Testing the Track
    2. Data Compression and Streaming
    3. Release Formats
    4. Afterword
  29. Appendix A Glossary
  30. Appendix B About the CD
    1. Track Listing
    2. Notes on the CD
  31. Index
  32. What’s on the Audio CD?