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Mixing a Short Film with Pro Tools
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Mixing a Short Film with Pro Tools

with Scott Hirsch

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Hi, I am Scott Hirsch, and welcome to Mixing a Short Film in Pro Tools. In this course we'll explore a powerful audio workflow for the audio of your short film, documentary, or other multimedia video project. I will start by showing you how to export audio from the Avid Video Editing Software, and to get going with a useful film and video specific template in Pro Tools. I will then show you how to consolidate, edit, and clean up your dialogue and sync tracks using Pro Tools' powerful editing tools and crossfades.

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Mixing a Short Film with Pro Tools
1h 24m Intermediate Jan 31, 2013

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In this course, explore a powerful round-trip workflow between Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools to quickly mix dialogue, sound effects, and music for film. Author Scott Hirsch frames the lessons in a way that appeals to filmmakers of all levels, as well as professional and amateur audio mixers. He starts with exporting your tracks from Media Composer and taking advantage of the film and video-specific templates in Pro Tools, which makes project setup a snap. Then discover how to consolidate and edit dialog, fix noise problems and background hum, and add special effects. Finally, explore how to use automation and EQ to enhance and marry your final tracks to the picture.

Topics include:
  • Setting up your project
  • Exporting audio and video
  • Editing dialogue
  • Fixing hum and broadband noise issues with processing
  • Synchronizing sound effects (SFX)
  • Automating volume
  • Printing the final mix stems
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Mixing Mastering Post Production
Software:
Pro Tools Media Composer
Author:
Scott Hirsch

Welcome

Hi, I am Scott Hirsch, and welcome to Mixing a Short Film in Pro Tools. In this course we'll explore a powerful audio workflow for the audio of your short film, documentary, or other multimedia video project. I will start by showing you how to export audio from the Avid Video Editing Software, and to get going with a useful film and video specific template in Pro Tools. I will then show you how to consolidate, edit, and clean up your dialogue and sync tracks using Pro Tools' powerful editing tools and crossfades.

We'll see how to get rid of unwanted hum and broadband noise using such tools like the built-in 7-band equalizer and iZotope's RX 2 plug-in. We will then look at techniques on how to use Pro Tools Automation and Clip gain to balance and tonally shape your tracks to get the perfect mix. When we're done, we'll have a completed mix to re-import back to Avid. Now, let's get started with Mixing a Short Film in Pro Tools.

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