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Product Details

  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (March 3 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024080970X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809700
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 19 x 2.3 cm
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"Folks, this book is a treasure chest. Don't call Producing Great Sound for Digital Video, Second edition by Jay Rose an audio primer or even a reference source, it's much more... It's like taking a class taught by a caring, affable, pro. The writer's intimate and accessible style is what makes this book a great value for anyone interested in audio. Whether you're just starting in the field of digital audio/video production, or are a seasoned pro, you'll find information in this book that will improve your end product."
-- John Hartney, Creative

"A truly great book... I really enjoyed the read. This book is an ABSOLUTE MUST if you will be shooting on a budget and doing sound yourself. You'll learn what mics to use in the field, how to fix an echo, how to deal with line noise, cheap fixes for potentially expensive problems--and that's just the beginning.... this book will teach you tips and tricks that will make your head spin. This book can literally save you THOUSANDS in post production."
-- Biagio Messina, AccessDV

"Crammed full of practical advice on recording, editing, and mixing audio for your production, including many of the technical basics."
-- Trish Meyer, Cybmotion

"Most folks who write about doing sound for moving pictures, on film or on video, focus on the sexy stuff--mostly writing music, sometimes doing foley, often talking technical. Jay Rose doesn't mess around. He digs right into the hardcore side of audio for moving pictures -- recording and editing dialog, sound effects, and music. He debunks common myths, shows the reader how to make do in limited-budget, time-constrained situations, and puts it all in context on a technical level. Producing Great Soundtracks is an invaluable collection of step-by-step how-to information combined with the technical reasons things do or don't work. It's essential reading for anyone serious about making a living doing moving pictures."
-- Dominic Milano, Digital Video Magazine

About the Author

Clio-and Emmy-award-winning sound engineer Jay Rose is creative director of the Digital Playroom. Specializing in post-production audio, his clients include PBS, Buena Vista Home Video, and Turner Network Television. Rose has written about audio for Videography, Recording, and Premiere Full Motion magazines.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3318e34) out of 5 stars If you want better Sound... Sept. 8 2009
By john livings - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have been using, Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, Third Edition (DV Expert Series) For about a year.

After reading the Book, (And listening to the CD) I now use it as a Reference Manual.

I have Shot Video and Recorded Sound for a few years and always struggled with the Audio, After reading Jay's books (This one and "Audio Postproduction for Film and Video") I am actually getting a handle on the Audio.

I recommend buying or checking out at the Library at least 2 of Jay Rose's books. [...]

1-Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, Third Edition (DV Expert Series) by Jay Rose

2-Audio Postproduction for Film and Video, Second Edition (DV Expert Series) by Jay Rose

If you Shoot and Edit Video/Audio and want to take your Audio a Quantum Leap forward, Both Books should be in your Studio.

Good Luck, John
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3318e88) out of 5 stars If You're Going To Read Only One Book On Sound... Aug. 5 2010
By Paul Burns - Published on
Format: Paperback
...this would have to be it. I've read a good number of books on the subject and Jay Rose's publication is by far my favorite. While a lot of sound books come across very dry, technical, and quite frankly can tend to be boring, I actually found Producing Great Sound for Film & Video to be entertaining. You can get a real sense of the author's personality while reading, in addition to his obvious wealth of experience in the area of production sound. A lot of aspiring filmmakers I know spend a lot of time studying and practicing shooting techniques, but shy away from really learning enough about sound recording. Well, absolutely nothing to be afraid of with this book. In fact I would bet that most readers will only wish they had read it sooner.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa403f2dc) out of 5 stars Fantastic, worth every penny March 19 2010
By T. Dowse - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding book. It is written extremely clearly and thoroughly, without feeling too dry or boring. The author clearly has a sense of humour, as well as a wealth of experience of working on soundtracks for a large range of budgets (corporate to feature film). I actually read it cover to cover, non-stop, and have read dipped into it several times since. It is useful for people at all levels, from total beginners to people with a good overview of all aspects of professional production (like me).

I am certainly going to buy his other book (Audio Postproduction). The sections on post in this book were great, and I've already learnt a huge amount. But it just left me hungry for more.

I don't like to write gushing reviews, but this really was a great book. If someone asked me if I knew of a good book for video sound production, I would recommend this whole heartedly, without a second thought. I've already leant it to a trusted colleague, who has been in the business for 30 years, and he decided after a week to buy his own copy.

But I will throw in one drawback...having read this book, I just now wish I had the budget for hollywood facilities on every production I work on. And I don't. So try to remember to keep your feet on the ground. Decent soundtracks can still be made on relatively low budgets. Even on productions where I am writing, shooting, producing, and editing - this book has undoubtedly given me enough to make serious improvements to my sound recording, processing, and mixing.

In summary - if you are serious about sound (and you really should be if you want to produce decent video), and you feel like you need to know more, buy this book!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa403f6a8) out of 5 stars Just wat I was looking for Feb. 1 2010
By K. J. Broekema - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am working at an Internet video course based on Flash Actionscript 3.0. As a professional consultant/trainer I have no problem with the content and as a former scientific programmer I have no problem with AS3.0. Video however was entirely new for me. It took me quite some time to get to know the camera and how to set up a temporary greenscreen studio. Shortly thereafter I discovered two things:
1) The way to present spoken text in front of a camera is radically different from the way I always presented tekst in front of an audience. You can't make mistakes and you must speak in soundbytes and oneliners just like politicians do.
2) Nomatter how good the Flash visuals and other visuals are, sound is the vehicle that communicates the message.
I am almost through the learning phase. I have made a simple autocue and bought a wireless Lavalier microphone. So far I have spent more time and money to get the audio right than to produce the visuals. Most study books about video contain only one chapter about audio. This is absolutely not enough. This book is exclusively about audio and it is very thourough. It gave me the confidence to handle the audio part.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa403f654) out of 5 stars GREAT Book on Recording and Producing Audio! Oct. 11 2010
By Louis S. Carrozzi - Published on
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I'm pretty picky when it comes to buying reference books about anything. The book has to be comprehensive, and it also has to be packed with practical examples, good advice, and it needs to demonstrate a deep technical knowledge of the subject. It also has to be easy to read, understand, and apply. I bought Jay's book because of the great reviews on, and this book definitely lives up to the hype. The book starts by explaining what sound is and how it works. Then the book goes into how sound is captured and recorded. The next sections go into preparing for audio production and then how to actually do it on the set. The final chapters cover the many ways to get that audio into post production and how to handle it there. There is an even more comprehensive book on audio post production from Jay called "Audio Postproduction" and I'd recommend getting that one too, but if you can only afford one book on audio, THIS one is the one to have. (Jay even says so at the beginning, and after reading it I agree). Now, to be honest this doesn't go into the depths of HOW to use programs like SoundBooth or SoundtrackPro, but it does give you enough information to know WHAT to do when you get into those programs and how to set yourself up for success using them. (The main reason for this is that there are so many different platforms, hardware, and software setups that are used in audio post production that it would be ridiculous to try and cover it all at the end of one book.) There is even a section on producing your own custom sound effects using the human voice and editing, and how to make sounds like machinery, monsters, and explosions. What more do you want?

The biggest mistake that will kill your low budget film will be the quality of the audio. Get this book and you have a ton of weapons to fight that!

Best of luck on your work!

Louis Stephen Carrozzi