Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Yr2 Week 7 (Fri 29 Nov - Pro Tools workshop)

Returning to DMW2, we looked at the program Pro Tools today, which is used for sound editing in a more comprehensive and detailed manner than what's available on most normal editing programs like FCP. Some the basics include:
  • The Bit depth refers to the dynamic range of the sound, measured in decibels (db). The ideal, for our needs i.e. DVDs is 144db/24 bit.
  • Last year, during sound induction, we discussed the sample rate (recording speed for sound), so just as a quick refresher, the ideal is x2 in hertz/kilohertz the needed i.e 20khz - 40khz. 48khz is the ideal for film.
  • I/O setting sin the program should be set to stereo mix (two channels), not mono (one).
  • The settings save together with the document in the program, unlike, say, FCP or other editing software.
Moving onto the program itself, the bar near the top left of the screen held the main controls for editing, including Zoom (do I have honestly have to say what it does?), Trim (this program's 'Blade'), Select (again, pretty blatant), Grabber and Scrubber (this is used to check for pops, clicks and other faults). Next to the toolbar is a box with four tabs displaying different modes in the program, such as Shuffle (The audio moves together when edited/cut), Grid (keeps the distance, but ensure supreme, on-frame accuracy) and Slip (which allows a clip to dropped anywhere). For even more detailed and specific controls, you can open up the sound mixer via Audiosuite.To export sound, be sure to have no track muted, have the correct range selected, and to select 'Bounce'. Good conversion is essential when going from one program to the other.

To close off, it was certainly a mouthful, and I'l probably need a refresher/another hands-on to fully acclimatise myself to all the functions, since sound is not my strong point, and I'm more used to mere volume adjustments when editing, but these are important skills to learn and elements to be aware, since they often make an invaluable difference between good and putrid films.

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