Join Amy DeLouise for an in-depth discussion in this video Sound design: Large screen, part of Multi-Platform Video Producing.
- Now, when you're working on a project that you're gonna deliver primarily to a large screen or for a big audience, I absolutely recommend doing a separate audio mix after picture lock. Generally, I will make this big room mix and think of that as our primary mix and then any web versions are really derivative or secondary to that mix. Now, for rooms with large screens and high-quality speakers such as let's say a museum theater, you may be even asked to deliver a surround sound mix.
So, you're gonna wanna go out to some studio that really knows what they're doing in sound mix and sound design and they're gonna be your partners in that storytelling. Now, regardless in a big room mix, you can do a lot of great things. You can have some really nuance sound design. That might include voices fading in and out. You might be able to add in some wild sound elements. What I mean is that's not sync sound, okay? So, wild sound is separate from sync sound. Of course, you're also gonna include sync sound, maybe music score, sound effects, all those things.
Now, from a technical perspective, you can get away with more decibels or dBs of sound in a bigger room, but you also wanna think about how you're delivering that sound to the ears of the listener, right? So, one thing I like to think about for example in my music selections for this space is, what kind of space am I filling up? In a sweeping orchestral score, I'm gonna have a lot of instruments, a lot of nuance, and that's great for a big room sound. I'm not gonna maybe use that kind of score if I know something's only for a web delivery.
There's nothing wrong with that, but I just might choose fewer instruments. Now, a score with a single instrument is not a problem. You could have a beautiful piano track, but I want you to listen and make sure that that mix that was done on that track doesn't sound too puny for your space especially because you might be using stock music and not original scored music. A lot of those stock mixes, the ones that are frankly less expensive, they frankly don't do a great kind of a mix that really sounds right in a big space.
So, if you can listen to those options on bigger nicer speakers, you're gonna get a better sense, but basically you wanna go with something that's really got the depth that's gonna deliver in a big room. One last thing, if you are delivering audio for a big room experience, I want you to be sure to check your sync. Sometimes the files will get out of sync. It's not how you delivered it, but it's how it's being encoded by the system at the live event and so you really wanna check the sync and be able to watch several seconds, if not a minute or two of your video let's say during a rehearsal to be sure that they haven't lost sync when that file got translated to the final projection.
- Leveraging storytelling
- Choosing the right frame rate and frame size
- Audio and color considerations
- File storage and DIT
- Budgeting for transmedia delivery
- Ensuring maximum audience engagement
- Making video accessible to all
- Ensuring a quality experience
- Maximizing quality for small screens, social media, and mobile devices