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Pro Tools® 10 Advanced Post Production Techniques

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Post production for film and video is a complex and potentially confusing topic. Clear, accurate training in the tools of the trade is essential for anyone hoping to work in the business. PRO TOOLS 10 ADVANCED POST PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES is the go-to guide focused on advanced operation of Pro Tools 10 in a professional post-production environment. Today's (and tomorrow's) post engineers simply must know the ins and outs of this popular software--the industry standard--and this book shows the way. It includes technical insights into Pro Tools hardware and software and offers hands-on exercises, discussion of common workflows, and intermediate-advanced topics detailing how to use a Pro Tools|HD system to record, edit, mix, and output sound for professional film and video applications. Using real-world examples and plenty of hands-on exercises, PRO TOOLS 10 ADVANCED POST PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES gets learners up to speed on Pro Tools for post as quickly and easily as possible.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction
  8. Lesson 1 Pro Tools HD Hardware Configuration
    1. Setting Up a Pro Tools HD System
    2. Configuring Avid Peripherals
    3. Audio Interface Calibration
    4. Verifying Installation of Additional Pro Tools Software Options
    5. Windows 7 System Optimization
    6. Mac OS System Optimization
    7. Non-Administrator (Standard) Accounts
    8. Pro Tools Session File Interchange
  9. Exercise 1 Pro Tools HD Hardware Configuration
    1. Getting Started
    2. Create Your Own Customized Equipment List
  10. Lesson 2 Troubleshooting a Pro Tools System
    1. Introduction
    2. Avid Knowledge Base
    3. Using DigiTest to Identify Hardware Problems
    4. Updating Avid Firmware
    5. Deleting Pro Tools Settings Files
    6. Deleting Database Files
    7. Understanding Voice Allocation
    8. Playback Engine Advanced Options
    9. Monitoring DSP Resources (Pro Tools DSP-Accelerated Systems Only)
    10. Monitoring Native Resources (Recap)
    11. Advanced Pro Tools I/O Setup
    12. Audio and Video Pull Options
  11. Exercise 2 Troubleshooting a Pro Tools System
    1. Getting Started: Using Avid Knowledge Base
    2. Correcting Pro Tools System Performance Problems
    3. Opening and Playing the Pro Tools Session
    4. Converting Sessions Using Audio Pulls
  12. Lesson 3 Synchronizing Pro Tools with Linear Video
    1. Introduction
    2. Configuring the Hardware and Software for Linear Video Sync
    3. Clock Versus Positional Reference
    4. Setting Frame Rates (Recap)
    5. Setting the Session Start Time (Recap)
    6. Preparing for Online Recording
    7. 9-Pin (RS-422) Control of Pro Tools
    8. Using Pro Tools 9-Pin Serial Machine Control
    9. Machine Control Shortcuts
    10. Machine Control Error Messages
    11. Recording Slaved to an External Timecode Source
    12. Spot Mode in Post Production
    13. Working with Time Stamps
    14. Generating a Timecode Window Burn
  13. Exercise 3 Synchronizing Pro Tools with Linear Video
    1. Getting Started
    2. Verifying the Synchronization Peripheral Settings
    3. Enabling Machine Control
    4. Configuring the Session Setup Window Settings
    5. Getting Ready to Record Dialogue Audio
    6. Recording Audio Using Pro Tools Machine Control
    7. Using Time Stamps
  14. Lesson 4 Tactile Control of Pro Tools
    1. Introduction
    2. Parts of the Keyboard
    3. Modifier Keys
  15. Exercise 4 Tactile Control of Pro Tools
    1. Getting Started
    2. Keyboard Editing Shortcuts
  16. Lesson 5 Post Production Recording Techniques
    1. Introduction
    2. Third-Party Support for Avid PRE Communications Protocol
    3. Controlling PRE from Pro Tools
    4. Recording Foley
    5. Recording Foley Using MIDI (Alternative)
  17. Exercise 5 Recording and Editing Foley
    1. Getting Started
    2. Recording and Editing Foley
    3. Editing Foley
  18. Lesson 6 Editing Workflows
    1. Introduction
    2. Examples of Post Production Editing Workflows
    3. Sound Library Searching and Management
    4. Sound Effects Creation and Design Using Plug-ins
    5. Sound Effects Creation and Design Using Elastic Audio
    6. Pro Tools Advanced Editing Shortcuts
    7. Grouped Playlist Synchronization
  19. Exercise 6 Sound Effects Design Using Plug-ins
    1. Getting Started
    2. Importing Video and Audio
    3. Creative Sound Design
  20. Lesson 7 Pro Tools HD/HDX Mixing Concepts
    1. Introduction
    2. Bit Depth, Dynamic Range, and Dither
    3. Comparing Different Pro Tools Mix Engines (PT Native, PT|HD, and PT|HDX)
    4. Fixed-Point Versus Floating-Point Processing Overview
    5. Comparing Pro Tools|HD Versus HDX Versus Native Mixers
    6. Common Mixing Errors When Moving from Pro Tools Host-Based to Pro Tools|HD
    7. DSP-Based Mixers and DSP Usage
    8. Dither
    9. The Pro Tools HD Mixer
    10. Looking in More Detail: An Audio Signal’s Tale
    11. Appropriate Use of Native Plug-ins
    12. Jitter
  21. Exercise 7 Mixer Experiments
    1. Getting Started
    2. Gain Staging and Mixing
    3. 32-Bit Float Files
  22. Lesson 8 Advanced Mixing Techniques
    1. Introduction
    2. Common Mixing Preferences
    3. Advanced Delay Compensation
    4. Mix Bus Techniques
    5. Master Faders Versus VCA Masters
    6. VCA Master Automation
    7. Latch Prime
    8. Writing Static Automation Mixer Settings
    9. Workflow 1: Using Write to All Enabled with Suspend
    10. Workflow 2: Using Preview with Write to All
    11. Workflow 3: Preview Using Cue Up and Punch
    12. Capture Mode and Punch Capture
    13. AutoJoin Mode
    14. Miscellaneous Automation Techniques
    15. Automation Workflows
  23. Exercise 8 Advanced Mixing and Routing
    1. Getting Started
    2. Creating Auxiliary Track Stems
    3. Enabling Delay Compensation
    4. Guidelines for Creating a Mix for the Opening Scene of Agent MX Zero
    5. Creating a Mix to Picture
  24. Lesson 9 Mixing Using Satellite Link
    1. Introduction
    2. Large-Scale Mixing Techniques Using Satellite Link
    3. Pro Tools HD Satellite Link Mixing Scenario
    4. Configuring the Satellite Link Network
    5. Satellite Linking Preferences
  25. Exercise 9 Mixing Using Satellite Link
    1. Overview
    2. Configuring Pro Tools System 2 (Satellite System)
    3. Configuring Pro Tools System 1 (Administrator System)
    4. Mixing Using the Satellite Link Option (Pro Tools Systems 1 and 2)
    5. Enabling a Video Satellite (Optional)
  26. Lesson 10 Advanced Layback
    1. Introduction
    2. Project Offset Options
    3. Linear Layback Workflow
    4. Speed Corrections
    5. Creating Printmaster Stems Using Pro Tools 9-Pin Remote Deck Emulation
    6. Creating a Machine Track Arming Profile
    7. Using Satellite Link with Machine Control
  27. Exercise 10 Advanced Layback Options
    1. Getting Started (Part 1)
    2. Layback to Linear Videotape Using 9-Pin (RS-422)
    3. Overview (Part 2)
    4. Verifying the System Setup
    5. Getting Started
    6. Correcting a Session Offset
    7. Configuring the Slave Pro Tools System for 9-Pin Remote Control
    8. Configuring the Master Pro Tools System for 9-Pin Remote Recording
    9. Recording (Master Pro Tools System Only)
    10. On Your Own
  28. Appendix A Pro Tools HD-Series Audio Interface Calibration
    1. Calibrating an HD I/O or 192 I/O
    2. Calibrating a System with Mixed HD-Series Audio Interfaces
  29. Appendix B Synchronization Concepts
    1. Synchronization Requirements
    2. Aspects of Synchronization
    3. Synchronizing Pro Tools
    4. Bi-Phase/Tach Pulses
    5. Timecode Frame Rates
    6. Working with Film-Originated Material
    7. Film Telecine to NTSC Using 3:2 Pull Down
    8. Film Telecine to PAL Using 12:2 Pull Down
    9. Film Speed Differs from SD Video Speed
    10. Pull Up and Pull Down
    11. When to Pull Up or Pull Down
  30. Appendix C Avid ISIS and Pro Tools Workflows
    1. Avid ISIS 7000
    2. Avid ISIS 5000
    3. Avid Interplay
    4. Pro Tools on an Avid ISIS Network
    5. Pro Tools and Avid ISIS-Avid Interplay Network Workflows
    6. Pro Tools Audio Track Export to Avid Interplay
    7. Transferring Projects Between Local Area Network and Local Storage
  31. Appendix D Video Tape Duplication Instructions
    1. 310P Exercise 3
    2. 310P Exercise 10
  32. Appendix E Answers to Review/Discussion Questions
    1. Lesson 1 Answers
    2. Lesson 2 Answers
    3. Lesson 3 Answers
    4. Lesson 4 Answers
    5. Lesson 5 Answers
    6. Lesson 6 Answers
    7. Lesson 7 Answers
    8. Lesson 8 Answers
    9. Lesson 9 Answers
    10. Lesson 10 Answers
  33. INDEX