Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Calibrating levels using an SPL meter, part of Pro Tools: Audio for Film and Video.
When you are mixing audio for video you might ask yourself, how loud is too…loud, how quiet is too quiet?…As you are going to send your work out to the world, these are…important questions to ask.…By properly calibrating your loudspeakers prior to any work you do and leaving…the listening volume set the whole time, you will have a baseline volume…reference that relates to the outside world.…This way you can use your ears to accurately determine when dialogue, effects, or…music are too loud or too quiet.…As a consequence your mixes will translate to the outside world and they will…conform to volume level standards.…The tools you will need to calibrate are as follows.…
You will need an analog or digital SPL meter.…You can get this at your local RadioShack.…You'll also need a digital file of pink noise.…This is a test tone and you can get this at a web site Blue Sky.…They make professional speaker monitors and they actually offer a free bundle of…test tones, which is where I got the test tone that we'll use in this lesson.…
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
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.
1. Getting Ready to Build Audio for Video
2. Working with a Video Project
Exporting OMF and AAF files4m 48s
3. Getting into the Audio for Video Workflow
4. Working with Audio for Video
5. Recording to Picture
6. Learning Audio for Video Techniques
7. Mixing Audio for Video
8. Working in Surround
9. Preparing for Final Delivery
10. Backing Up and Archiving
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