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A long time ago in a childhood not so quite far away, I remember watching outtakes from “The Mummy Returns,” with one particular scene featuring the antagonist flinging people across the set. Except, in this case an airplane very visibly and audibly flies through the top of the shot....
Every scene in a film has a different combination of sound that helps build the atmosphere for the audience. These sounds are carefully placed to represent what is going on in a particular scene, where the scene is set and what kind of actions the characters are engaged in.As...
Choosing the right music--whether you’re playing DJ around your friends, or doing something more serious like working on a video for a client-- can be a hard choice. Our tastes in music are subjective and sometimes difficult to explain. People might like a song or artist for a variety...
When people ask what’s most important when making a video, we start off by saying the word audio. Audio can decide whether or not your project is successful. Audio is what drives a scene and draws audiences in. In the last year, a large new development for online video...
Natural sounds, or nats, are the ambient sounds that exist in and around the focal points of your recording. Grasping the subtleties and importance of nats is a key component to bringing out the best in your audio and potentially getting yourself out of some tricky situations.Nats for SyncClapboardThe...
Choosing your recording space is the place to start. If your acoustics are lacking, then everything down the line will suffer. A good microphone in a bad room is just that; you will have a great recording of a terrible space and a wasted opportunity.Video ProjectsYou can choose one:...
When working on a tight budget web series, or a low budget film, there is no money — or time — to re-record audio. You have to get it right the first time, in the field. This article will help you overcome noisy obstacles and capture high quality audio...
Depending on your point of view, I’ve either been lucky enough to travel and live in a lot of different places, or I’ve had to deal with the inconvenience of moving — a lot! Since I’ve always been involved with some form of media — be it music or...
Most mistakes can be avoided with organization and preparation. This can be in the form of a written or mental checklist and the thoroughness to check your work. Some of these errors are easy mistakes that are part of the learning process and go away with time and experience....
People are creatures of habit, and just like with any other task we can develop routines that throw some best practices into the wind. We have broken up this article in sections that outline the typical audio production workflow to help you steer clear of the common pitfalls in...