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Audio Postproduction for Film and Video: After-the-Shoot solutions, Professional Techniques,and Cookbook Recipes to Make Your Project Sound Better Paperback – Oct 13 2008

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  • Paperback: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (Oct. 13 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240809718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809717
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #429,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Topics are not shortchanged... The chapter on dialogue editing alone is worth the price of the book."--S.D. Katz, millimeter magazine

"The book's audio CD ... is a valuable collection of sounds and tutorials that are expertly coordinated with the book's text."--Michael Pastore, Epublishers Weekly

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New to this edition:
* Learn how many Hollywood techniques--previously impractical on video--can help solve problems on smaller productions
* Expanded cookbook recipes section
* Technically updated throughout

Make your soundtracks as good as your pictures with this compendium of professional audio techniques that can be adapted to desktop post. Specializing in sound after the shoot, this book features many practical examples, cookbook recipes, and tutorials. Audio theory, when necessary, is presented in plain English with plenty of visual analogies.

FAQs, full explanations, and from-the-trenches tips address the complete range of processes from wiring and hardware to testing the final mix. The one-hour audio CD features platform-independent diagnostics, demonstrations, and tutorial tracks. Novices will learn how to improve their soundtrack--even after the actors have gone home. Experienced producers will learn how to solve technical and creative problems quickly.

You'll get recipes and step-by-step instructions on how to:
* build an efficient and reliable audio post setup
* plan and budget a good soundtrack
* get sound into your NLE without losing quality or sync
* edit voices and music
* record Foley and ADR
* find music and use it effectively
* find and create your own sound effects
* shape sounds with equalization, reverb, noise reduction, and more
* produce the final mix
* test the final product for various media

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Probably one of the most useful books on the subject(s) I've read. I've been teaching audio for 6 years now and have read dozens of audio books..this one is right up there in the top 5. It's very difficult to find useful material on dialog editing so that chapter is fantastic and it's the first time I've seen photographs describing mic pickup patterns...brilliant!
I suspect we'll be purchasing it as a course text in the near future.

Matthew Parsons
Expert Certified Pro Tools Instructor
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Best book on Audio Post Production Sept. 25 2009
By Lucien - Published on
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Most books on Audio Post are practically useless. Some of them amount to no more than a rambling collection of memoirs. Others just discuss basic job descriptions. Occasionally, you'll ind a book that gets into more technical details, but mostly reads like a how-to manual on Pro Tools.

This book is the most refreshing and informative book I have found yet. Not only does Mr. Rose get into great detail about specific techniques, but he does it in a non-application specific way. I doesn't matter if you use Pro Tools, Nuendo, Logic, or even a hardware based audio system. His tips transcend each platform and tech you how to really get something done. (as it should be)

So if you already know what a compressor, eq, etc is and how to use them, and you want to read about some suggestions on new way HOW to apply them- get this book.

Ever after 10 years, I learned some new stuff. (and was reminded of things I forgot!)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A definitive book on post production sound Jan. 6 2009
By R. Buncher - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have the first edition of this book and decided to buy the second as well. There are a few thing Jay Rose added to this book that were not in the first edition. This book and also Rose's "Producting Great Sound for Digital Video" are well organized, clearly written and have greatly helped my understanding of how to deal with sound both in production and post. He goes into much detail regarding postproduction manipulation of sound. I constantly refer to these books.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
No CD with kindle version Jan. 11 2011
By patobrn - Published on
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I bought the kindle version of this book, AUDIO POST PRODUCTION FOR FILM AND VIDEO. The book supposedly comes with an audio CD - very important, since this is a book about audio - but I can't find a link to download this CD anywhere in the kindle version of the book!!!

I feel extremely cheated as there is so much reference to the CD in the text.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
EXTREMELY useful book, highly recommended June 7 2010
By Brian Gilbert - Published on
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This book is very well-written, practical, and informative. I've been involved in broadcast audio in one form or another for over 20 years, and the only other books I've seen on this subject have been "textbook" style... in other words, they were written to be used along with a professor in a classroom situation. While Jay's book would certainly work well in a class, it works equally well on its own, i.e., you don't need a professor to get the most out of this book. He also understands that people reading this aren't going to have access to a $500K post facility. I'm not saying that good (aka expensive) tools don't make the job easier, but Jay points out ways to get the job done for less whenever possible.

While I've got a lot of experience in broadcast, not much has been in film, and this book has helped me a great deal to expand my market. If you're into this sort of thing, you should definitely buy a copy. Brian Gilbert, [...]
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, excellent book Aug. 27 2010
By Tim Warneka - Published on
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As a self-taught videographer and phonographer, I cannot stress how excellent this book is!

As an author, I wish I could write technical information like Jay Rose.

If you are interested in improving your audio on any project, this book is worth twice the price!

Highly, highly recommended.