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Exploring AudioSuite enhancements in Pro Tools 10


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Audio for Film and Video with Pro Tools

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Applying AudioSuite processing, or rendering as it's now called in Pro Tools 10, to regions or clips as they're now called can be problematic for post-production. Here's why. Let's say I need to apply an EQ to this clip. I'm going to select it and go to the AudioSuite, choose a simple 1 Band EQ as an AudioSuite plug-in, and I'll do a high pass here, and I'll click Render. Now, if I go and zoom in on the clip a little bit, let's say I wanted to crossfade this clip with the clip above. So I would take the Trimmer tool and attempt to pull out the clip a little bit and hey, I have a problem here.
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  1. 6m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      40s
    3. Using this course with Pro Tools 10
      1m 57s
    4. Relinking audio files
      2m 33s
  2. 18m 37s
    1. Understanding the new audio for video features in Pro Tools 9
      5m 17s
    2. Exploring the hardware requirements for Pro Tools 9
      5m 19s
    3. Understanding the audio components of a finished video
      5m 22s
    4. Understanding the audio production workflow
      2m 39s
  3. 25m 10s
    1. Understanding video formats, SMPTE timecode rates, NTSC, and PAL
      6m 21s
    2. Understanding video formats, codecs, and pull-up/pull-down
      5m 16s
    3. Setting up your Pro Tools session for video
      8m 44s
    4. Exporting OMF and AAF files
      4m 49s
  4. 32m 14s
    1. Importing OMF and AAF files
      8m 8s
    2. Importing and the DigiBase browser
      4m 0s
    3. Conforming the OMF import to your template
      6m 51s
    4. Setting up groups and windows
      6m 2s
    5. Spotting film and using markers
      7m 13s
  5. 52m 55s
    1. Organizing the dialog tracks
      5m 0s
    2. Optimizing the dialog in the first pass
      4m 30s
    3. Using room tone
      4m 10s
    4. Creating fades to smooth out audio edits
      5m 4s
    5. Understanding sound effects, ambiences, and backgrounds
      7m 12s
    6. Sweetening and hard effects
      6m 52s
    7. Processing tips for sound effects
      8m 46s
    8. Bringing emotion to the mix with music tracks
      5m 33s
    9. Leveraging clip-based gain in Pro Tools 10
      2m 51s
    10. Exploring AudioSuite enhancements in Pro Tools 10
      2m 57s
  6. 15m 29s
    1. Preparing the session for foley and ADR recording
      9m 19s
    2. Recording ADR and editing with VocALign LE
      6m 10s
  7. 45m 5s
    1. Noise-reducing hums, rumbles, and buzzes
      8m 11s
    2. Eliminating crackles and digital clicks
      5m 30s
    3. Taming plosives and sibilance
      6m 10s
    4. Reducing broadband noise
      9m 26s
    5. Conforming to video changes
      8m 36s
    6. Pitch shifting for effect or utility, TC expansion
      7m 12s
  8. 56m 19s
    1. Setting up for stereo mixing
      5m 11s
    2. Calibrating levels using an SPL meter
      7m 2s
    3. Mixing with automation
      11m 4s
    4. Advanced mix automation
      8m 0s
    5. Automating plug-in parameters
      9m 22s
    6. Mixing with reverb
      7m 20s
    7. Ducking techniques
      8m 20s
  9. 42m 4s
    1. Setting up a surround mix template
      11m 14s
    2. Calibrating for 5.1 surround mixing and bass management
      9m 2s
    3. Mixing and spatial techniques for 5.1 surround
      14m 9s
    4. Downmixing, encoding, and using Neyrinck plug-ins
      3m 38s
    5. Automating techniques for 5.1 surround mixes
      4m 1s
  10. 10m 6s
    1. Print mastering and stem mixes
      5m 47s
    2. Mastering delivery levels and dynamics
      4m 19s
  11. 5m 29s
    1. Backing up your final project
      5m 29s
  12. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

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Audio for Film and Video with Pro Tools
5h 9m Intermediate Jun 14, 2011 Updated Apr 04, 2012

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In this course, professional audio engineer Scott Hirsch shows how to create an evocative sound mix for a film or video, built from basic audio collected during the shoot and transformed into a final mix using Pro Tools 9. This course shows how to set up and optimize a Pro Tools session template for projects with unique requirements, record Foley and ADR audio, layer sound effects, perform corrections such as noise reduction and pitch shifting, mix for stereo and 5.1 surround sound, and finally, how to format and deliver the finalized mix, whether destined for DVD, movie theater, broadcast, or the web.

Topics include:
  • Understanding video formats, codecs, and timecode rates
  • Importing OMFs and AAFs into Pro Tools
  • Spotting film and using markers
  • Using room tone
  • Creating fades to smooth out audio edits
  • Sweetening and hard effects
  • Recording ADR and editing with VocALign LE
  • Editing out plosives, crackles, and hums
  • Mixing with automation and reverb
  • Calibrating for 5.1 surround mixing and bass management
  • Mastering delivery levels and dynamics
  • Understanding the Audio Suite enhancements in Pro Tools 10
Subjects:
Audio + Music Video Audio for Video Post Production
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
Scott Hirsch

Exploring AudioSuite enhancements in Pro Tools 10

Applying AudioSuite processing, or rendering as it's now called in Pro Tools 10, to regions or clips as they're now called can be problematic for post-production. Here's why. Let's say I need to apply an EQ to this clip. I'm going to select it and go to the AudioSuite, choose a simple 1 Band EQ as an AudioSuite plug-in, and I'll do a high pass here, and I'll click Render. Now, if I go and zoom in on the clip a little bit, let's say I wanted to crossfade this clip with the clip above. So I would take the Trimmer tool and attempt to pull out the clip a little bit and hey, I have a problem here.

I can't pull the clip any farther out because I rendered it already. In the Optimizing dialogue, in the First past movie, I showed you how to manually work around this limitation. But in Pro Tools 10, there's some new AudioSuite features that can do that work for you. Here's how to tap into that functionality. It has to do with the processing output and input settings. That's these guys here in the AudioSuite plug-in. We have our output window, and we're going to choose Create individual files in this case, and we have our input window, and we'll choose create clip by clip.

With those selected, you should have some numbers lit up now on the bottom of the AudioSuite plug-in. This is your handle length. Currently, it's set to 0. But I can double-click in here and type in 2 and that'll give me 2-second handles. You can also click and drag up or down on this. Let me undo my last render setting, Command+Z, and I'm going to re-render the clip. Now I should be able to take the Trimmer tool and have handles on the outside of my rendered clip, and as you see, I do. I have handle on the front side and on the end.

I have two seconds of handles. Defaults for this handle length can be set up in the Pro Tools Preferences menu. That would be into the Processing tab. And here, I can set a Length default of 2 seconds so that every time an AudioSuite plug-in opens, it'll default to a 2-second handle. You can also bypass handles altogether and just process the whole file, by clicking Whole File. In addition to handles, if your clips already have crossfades or Clip-Based Gain metadata, you can process more than one clip and preserve crossfades in Clip Gain.

Here's how to do that. You can see above, I have a couple regions that have a crossfade and Clip-Based Gain. I select over all of those, and in this case, I'm going to choose to Overwrite files, and I'll keep the input on clip by clip. Now when I click Render, it's going to ask me if I want to make a Non-Destructive or Destructive process. I'm going to choose Non-Destructive, and now the clip has been rendered and as you can see, it kept Clip Gain data and the crossfade, and the whole region has been rendered.

These AudioSuite features are huge in speeding up post-production workflow, and they're one of the main reasons I would consider the upgrade to Pro Tools 10 if you're involved post-production. For a more in-depth look at all the features in Pro Tools 10, be sure to watch another title in lynda.com audio series called Pro Tools 10 New Features.

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Q: This course was updated on 4/04/12. Can you tell me what changed?
A: This update was initiated when Avid released Pro Tools 10. It explains that this course can be taken with either Pro Tools 9 or 10 (the exercise files are compatible with both), and we also added movies that explore the enhanced clip-based gain and Audio Suite features in Pro Tools 10, both of which are useful when building a soundtrack.
 
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