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Music Editing for Film and Television by Steven Saltzman

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Chapter 6

Musicals and On-Camera Songs

 

 

6.1 SYNC IS EVERYTHING

Synchronizing the visual performance of a song with the music is more of a challenge than meets the eye. Whenever an actor or performer is seen playing music or singing on camera, it is the music editor’s responsibility to make sure the song is in sync with the picture and the music tracks are prepared correctly for the re-recording mixer. Today’s high-quality digital cameras can shoot picture at superior resolutions, and they can also capture “production sound” (that is, the sound recorded during shooting) digitally from the set—including for a shot of a band playing or someone singing. However, even on a low-budget film with a single camera capturing all the sound in this way, ...

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