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The Video Editor's Guide to Soundtrack Pro

Book Description

This book tells you how, why, and when you should perform certain audio postproduction tasks within Soundtrack Pro 3 while editing your video in the Final Cut Studio suite.

Intertwining video editing workflows with audio editing workflows for video editors using Final Cut Studio 3, it also describes in-depth the audio postproduction process as well as the specific tools used for editing and mixing audio within Soundtrack Pro 3. The final section is designed as an audio postproduction "cook-book", describing typical audio post scenarios with detailed workflows for dealing with them.

The book provides real-world workflows and step-by-step instruction on the basics of audio editing in STP3, implementing sound effects, spectral tools and much more. Also included is a DVD containing both video and audio files, demonstrating surround sound, mixing procedures, and other audio editing processes. Included as well are project files with which you can refine techniques learned in the book.

The DVD is not included with the E-book.  Please contact the publisher for access to the DVD content by emailing d.mcgonagle@elsevier.com. 
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Dedication
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Chapter 1 The Video Editor
    1. Know Your Material
    2. Workflow
    3. Picture Lock
    4. Sound Editing with Final Cut Pro and Sound Editors
    5. The Audio Post Personnel
  8. Chapter 2 What is Audio Post?
    1. David Bondelevitch
    2. Dialog Editing
    3. Music Editing
      1. Musical Sequences
      2. Music-driven Sequences
      3. Sequences that Benefit from Music
      4. Test Screenings
      5. The Music Crew
    4. Sound Effects Editing
      1. Background Effects (Ambiences)
      2. Synch Effects (Also Called ‘Hard Effects’ or ‘Cut Effects’)
      3. Foley
    5. Re-Recording Mixing
    6. Deliverables
  9. Chapter 3 Expectations of the Video Editor
    1. Installation
      1. Install Location
      2. Surround Impulse Response Files
      3. Sound Effects
      4. Music Beds
      5. Music Loops
    2. Sending Sequences to Soundtrack
      1. Explanation of Send to Soundtrack Options
      2. Send to Soundtrack Pro Audio File Project
      3. Send to Soundtrack Pro Multitrack Project
      4. Send to Soundtrack Pro Script
    3. The Conform Process
    4. Other Thoughts on the Video Editor Role
  10. Chapter 4 Basic Audio Editing
    1. Project Types
    2. General Interface
      1. Default Panes
      2. The Center Section
      3. The Bottom Pane
      4. The Right Pane
    3. Audio Editing
      1. The Basics
      2. The Process Menu
      3. Editing in the Timeline and Using Menu Options
      4. Heads Up Displays
    4. Summary
  11. Chapter 5 Introduction to Dynamics
    1. Defining Dynamics
    2. Dynamics Processors
      1. Dynamics Concepts
    3. Soundtrack’s Dynamics Processors
      1. The Compressor
      2. The Limiter Plug-in
      3. The Expander
      4. The Noise Gate
    4. Advanced Dynamics Plug-ins
      1. The Adaptive Limiter
      2. The Multipressor
      3. The Surround Compressor
      4. The Enveloper
    5. General Application of Dynamics
      1. Audio Preparation
      2. Micro-dynamics
      3. General Dynamics
  12. Chapter 6 Dynamics Standards
    1. Soundtrack as the Right Tool for the Job
      1. Theatrical Mixing
      2. Broadcast Mixing
      3. Mixing for DVD
      4. Mixing for the Web
    2. The Goniometer and Correlation Meter
    3. Other Thoughts
  13. Chapter 7 Spectral Tools
    1. Equalizers
      1. Filters
      2. The Analyzer
      3. The Interface
      4. The Fat Equalizer
      5. Single Band Filters
    2. Using the Equalizers
      1. Reducing Rumble
      2. Reducing Hissing Noise
      3. Boosting Diction
      4. Removing the Sound of a Room
      5. Carving the Music to Make Room for Other Audio
      6. The Telephone Effect
      7. Adding Fullness
      8. Matching Another Sound
      9. Helping a Sound Effect to Fit Properly
      10. Using the Analyzer Tool
    3. Matching the Sound of Audio Clips
      1. The Lift Equalization Tool
      2. What Can/Can’t the Matching Process Accomplish?
    4. SubBass
      1. Explanation of SubBass
      2. SubBass Warning
      3. Using SubBass
  14. Chapter 8 Time Effects
    1. Reverb
      1. A Brief History of Reverbs
      2. Soundtrack Pro Reverb
      3. PlatinumVerb
      4. Space Designer
      5. Reverb Usage
    2. Delay Effects
      1. Echo Effect
      2. Special Warped Sound Effect
      3. Doubling
      4. Other Delays
  15. Chapter 9 Mixing
    1. Tools for Mixing
      1. Automation
      2. Control Surfaces
    2. Mixing
      1. Levels
      2. Panning
      3. Processing
      4. Master Levels – Submixes
      5. Surround Sound Options
    3. Mixing Advice
    4. Summary
  16. Chapter 10 Exporting Features of Soundtrack Pro 3
    1. Overview
    2. Exporting Multitrack Session Data
    3. Exporting Single Audio Files
    4. Exporting Multitrack Session Mixes (Stereo)
      1. The Exported Items Menu
      2. The File Type Menu
    5. Exporting Video Only (Compressor)
      1. Video Format
      2. Quality
      3. Filters
      4. Geometry
    6. Exporting Audio with Video (Compressor and Soundtrack Pro)
    7. Exporting Audio/Video from the Single-file Editor
    8. Exporting Audio/Video Using Compressor
      1. The QuickTime Compatible Tab
      2. The Apple Devices Tab
      3. The Standard Definition Tab
    9. Exporting Surround Sound Using Soundtrack Pro and Compressor
    10. Exporting Dolby Digital Multichannel Audio
    11. Exporting Uncompressed Multichannel Audio
    12. Exporting Interleaved Video and Surround Sound Audio
    13. Exporting Examples
      1. Exporting a Compressed Stereo Mix Master From Soundtrack Pro
      2. Exporting Uncompressed Surround Sound Stems From Soundtrack Pro
      3. Exporting a QuickTime Audio/Video Interleaved File with Surround Sound
    14. Things to Remember When Exporting
    15. Special Thanks
  17. Chapter 11 Acoustical Design and Configuration
    1. Sound Development
      1. The Waveform
      2. Sound Levels
      3. Sound Reacting to the Room
    2. Sound and Materials
      1. Optimizing a Room
      2. Room Size
      3. Construction
    3. Checklist for Audio Setup Issues
    4. Special Thanks
  18. Chapter 12 Shortcuts and Additional Materials
    1. Keyboard Shortcuts
    2. Apple Loops
    3. Selected Feature Comparison with Pro Tools and Nuendo
  19. Chapter 13 Scenarios and Practical Tutorials
    1. The Functions
      1. Chapter Order
      2. Alphabetical Order by Function Name
    2. 1. Recording Audio
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    3. 2. Sharing Files Between Projects
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    4. 3. The Actions List
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    5. 4. Copy/Paste Clip Effects
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    6. 5. Leveling Clean Dialog
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    7. 6. Leveling Noisy Dialog
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    8. 7. Recording Automated Dialog Replacement (ADR)
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    9. 8. The Multitake Editor
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    10. 9. Placing Sound Effects
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    11. 10. The Audio Stretch Tool
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    12. 11. Adding Ambient Noise
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    13. 12. The Spectrum Selection Tool
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    14. 13. The Restoration Tools
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    15. 14. Noise Reduction
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    16. 15. Stem Routing
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    17. 16. Using the Surround Panner
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    18. 17. Adding Reverb on a Bus
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    19. 18. Automating Effects Plug-ins
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    20. 19. Project Music Settings
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
    21. 20. Exploring Music Loops
      1. Introduction
      2. Steps
  20. Index