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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools
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Removing profanities by reversing audio


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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

with Skye Lewin

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Now let's imagine for a minute that this piece of music has a profanity in it. Depending on the project you're working on, that may or may not be an issue, but let's say, for example, that it is. One of the other things we can do is reverse that profanity to remove it. Let's listen to the section of this song. (music playing) And now let's imagine that this small section right here is a profanity that we need to reverse so that when it's played on the live television that's not an issue. What we can do, go to the AudioSuite menu, under Other, we can select the Reverse plug-in, and once we have our selection, we can simply process it. But first let me point out a couple of things.
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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 32s
    3. A word about the film and music used in this course
      25s
  2. 25m 4s
    1. Creating a template session for working to picture
      7m 29s
    2. Importing a picture file
      3m 17s
    3. What is time code?
      4m 17s
    4. Syncing picture to Pro Tools
      6m 58s
    5. Importing audio files
      3m 3s
  3. 48m 36s
    1. Using the Zoom and View commands
      9m 54s
    2. Utilizing the edit modes
      7m 59s
    3. Navigating with key commands
      7m 57s
    4. Creating and using sync points
      3m 20s
    5. Using the snap editing commands
      5m 16s
    6. Using memory locations
      8m 12s
    7. Customizing crossfades
      5m 58s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Auditioning music to picture
      10m 21s
    2. Editing to acquire multiple sync points within the same "cue"
      6m 2s
    3. Editing to maintain or change the arc/build of the cue to fit the scene
      15m 11s
    4. Editing the start and end of the cue
      9m 55s
    5. Setting up for a 30-second condensed edit
      4m 5s
    6. First pass of a 30-second condensed edit
      11m 17s
    7. Improving the 30-second condensed edit
      14m 41s
  5. 26m 49s
    1. Exploring alternate edits of the same song
      8m 17s
    2. Editing different songs to the same scene
      18m 32s
  6. 11m 25s
    1. Mixing the edit
      5m 26s
    2. Bouncing down the edit
      2m 47s
    3. Compressing the QuickTime files
      3m 12s
  7. 12m 19s
    1. Conforming the edit to picture if the scene has shifted
      5m 27s
    2. Conforming the edit if a shot's length changes within the scene
      6m 52s
  8. 10m 34s
    1. Removing profanities by reversing audio
      2m 8s
    2. Removing profanities with instrumentals
      2m 36s
    3. Keeping a song in sequence
      1m 19s
    4. Layering audio
      1m 36s
    5. Time stretching
      2m 55s
  9. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools
3h 29m Intermediate Oct 27, 2011

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Let music editor and producer Skye Lewin show you a selection of audio editing techniques for cutting music to picture in this course on Pro Tools. He covers the basics of timecode, syncing a QuickTime movie with the Pro Tools timeline, alignment of music to picture, editing music, and editorial techniques that may require editing rights. The course also covers creating alternative edits, conforming edits, and exporting QuickTime movies for presentation.

Topics include:
  • Importing audio and video files
  • Creating and using sync points
  • Using snap editing commands
  • Customizing crossfades
  • Editing to acquire multiple sync points within the same cue
  • Creating a 30-second condensed edit
  • Exploring alternate edits and alternate songs
  • Mixing and bouncing down the edit
  • Compressing QuickTime movies
  • Conforming an edit if the length of a shot changes or if a scene has shifted
Subjects:
Audio + Music Film Scoring Video Audio for Video Post Production
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
Skye Lewin

Removing profanities by reversing audio

Now let's imagine for a minute that this piece of music has a profanity in it. Depending on the project you're working on, that may or may not be an issue, but let's say, for example, that it is. One of the other things we can do is reverse that profanity to remove it. Let's listen to the section of this song. (music playing) And now let's imagine that this small section right here is a profanity that we need to reverse so that when it's played on the live television that's not an issue. What we can do, go to the AudioSuite menu, under Other, we can select the Reverse plug-in, and once we have our selection, we can simply process it. But first let me point out a couple of things.

We need to make sure that our selection contains the very beginning of the word that we're trying to reverse. And second, we should give ourselves a little extra buffer so that we can do a crossfade later. So now let's move to the end of our selection with the W key command, and let's again give ourselves a little bit of a buffer on the selection so that we can do a crossfade later. Using Option+F or Alt+F, I'm going to zoom to my selection and I'm going to click the Process button in the AudioSuite plug-in. Now you can see that a reversed piece of music has been placed over my selection and we can cross-fade the beginning and the end to somewhat clean up the transition in and out of our reversed piece of music.

If the piece of music that we've reversed contained profanity, by reversing it we've made it harder to hear that profanity because you're not going to hear it played backwards. And this is really the standard for removing profanities when you either don't have a clean mix, which is a mix of the song that doesn't contain the profanity at all, or a different word in place of the profanity or when you don't have an instrumental to remove the profanity, which is what we're going to look at in the next video. But first let's just listen to what it might sound like. (music playing) It's not great, but it keeps the beat going, and you can tell that whatever was there sounds different than it did before.

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