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Audio for Video with Pro Tools

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Getting Started

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    Tutorial 1



    In this video Victor outlines the 'Audio for Video' production process and the changing landscape of the industry. Career potential is discussed, a brief look at the Protools session template, an overview of the video production process and 'Audio for Video' session are shown.

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    Tutorial 2

    Session Setup


    Get a more detailed introduction to 'Audio for Video' with a Protools session setup window and Input / Output overview. Time Code formats, audio file formats used in video, creating and saving custom auxiliary busses and a description of the auxiliary busses are given.

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    Tutorial 3

    Session Template Overview


    In this video Victor looks at the routing from the mix window of a session template in Protools and demonstrates how the template distributes audio stems in the session. Explanation of track groups, aux masters, master faders and split / stem tracks are given.

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    Tutorial 4

    Making a Template


    Starting with a blank session Victor shows you how to create an audio track group, an aux master, master fader and layback tracks. He then shows how to setup the inputs and outputs and explains the routing of one of the major components in the session. Creating new tracks, aux masters for those tracks, creating master faders that feed the stem tracks and generating a reference tone to show the routing is demonstrated.

Tracks and Tones

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    Tutorial 5

    Tracks & Groups


    Using the basic setup from the previous video, Victor builds out the additional audio groups and track masters in the Protools session template. Creating VO, natural sound tracks, effects and music tracks, groups and layback tracks, solo safe mode, copying aux sends from one group to another as well as copying the mastering compressor to all of the master faders is shown.

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    Tutorial 6

    Reference Tone & Slate


    Victor demonstrates how to create a reference tone and a ten second countdown called a 'Slate' and distribute it to the Master faders. Importing session data, generating a 1K tone at -20 db, setting up VU meters for reference, using the reference tone to create a ten second slate / count down is shown.

Working with OMF

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    Tutorial 7

    Importing an OMF


    Using 'Import Session Data' Victor shows you how to import tracks from an Open Media Framework (OMF file) received from the video editor. Import Session Data Window features, checking disk allocation, audio file 'Handles' and export options are covered.

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    Tutorial 8

    Importing Video


    Using the Import Video Window Victor brings in a Quick Time movie and its audio into the session and syncs the video to the OMF audio tracks. Importing and spotting the video to match the OMF, nudging the OMF to match the audio from the QT movie, Import Video Window features and Time Code recognition are all covered.

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    Tutorial 9

    Organizing the OMF


    Victor now shows how to distribute the audio from the Open Media Framework file (OMF) to their destination tracks in the session. He then looks at tracks from the OMF that have multiple audio types and splits them to the correct tracks in the session. Copying the audio from an OMF track to a session track, looking for multiple mono natural sound tracks, finding FX files on music tracks, and looking at a messy OMF is covered.

Recording and Editing

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    Tutorial 10

    Narration / VO


    In this video Victor looks at recording and editing narration / voice overs. He also examines the processing and placement of the VO in the mix. Reading from a script to picture, de-breathing the VO with Strip Silence, setting VO levels and VO EQ, compression and de-essers are all shown.

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    Tutorial 11

    On Camera Dialog


    In this video Victor examines a session with a lot of On Camera Dialog (OCD) and how to work with audio recorded in different locations. EQ'ing many OCD files using automation is explored as well as compression and output levels, saving plug-in presets, fixing clipped audio files and messy audio.

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    Tutorial 12

    Broadband Noise Reduction


    Victor now shows you how to work with noisy audio using BNR / DINR to minimize noise and clean up the On Camera Dialog. The functions of the DigiDesign BNR plug-in and how they work is shown as well as processing noisy audio from an OMF and comparing the raw audio to the processed audio.

Effects and Music

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    Tutorial 13

    Effects & Sound Design


    Take a look at Natural Sound design and how to enhance it with effects as well as working with Sound Design for an animated film. Leveling 'Nat Sound', importing sound effects and replacing Nat Sound, sound effect placement, combining sound effects, sound effect libraries, sending the Nat and FX auxes to the same Stem Track are all shown.

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    Tutorial 14

    Music Cues


    In this video Victor looks at how music mixes or 'cues' are used in an audio for video session. Victor also demonstrates how to edit the music to match the video. Mixing music using the Music Aux Master, making a music 'No Dip Stem', music licensing companies, music editing and fading to black are all discussed and shown.

Wrap it Up

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    Tutorial 15

    The Mix


    Victor now looks at the final mix of an audio for video session addressing output levels, automation, and quality control. Memory locations, track show and hide, narration dip track, output levels on various level meters and making mono music tracks stereo are all covered.

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    Tutorial 16

    The Layback


    In this video Victor shows how to record the mix stems in an audio for video session to layback tracks and then export them as files. He also shows how master faders feed layback tracks, explores mastering compressors and presets, labeling tracks and naming conventions, matching session tone to video bars and slate, consolidating audio regions and exporting them.

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    Tutorial 17

    Television Promos


    In this final video Victor looks at a 30 second TV promo and how it's constructed and versioned. Different treatments of the same basic spot, importing video and audio into the session, syncing imported audio to picture, adding a 'Vocal Exciter' to the VO, making 'tagged' versions of the same spot and bouncing to disk are all discussed and shown.

Victor Giordano has been working in pro audio for over 20 years and has written and mixed music / audio for NBC, MTV and FOX networks. Currently Victor freelances for Discovery Channel, ESPN and PBS and is excited to share his wealth of knowledge with you in this in-depth series.

This collection of tutorials is designed for the intermediate to advanced Pro Tools users who wants to start producing audio for video. Victor starts from the beginning and shows you how to make templates designed for video work as well as explains all the advanced routing and mixing techniques used to create layback tracks and mixing stems. He also shows you how to import and place effects to QuickTime video in Pro Tools as well as managing your sessions and creating the master files to give to the studio / networks and more.

If you want to get your feet wet in the vast audio for video industry, this series will show you the basics as well as more advanced tips and techniques. Get into the lucrative audio for video industry and checkout "Audio for Video with Pro Tools" today.

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Submitted 3 weeks ago

Good overview

Coming to this having made music in PT and not much else, so far this feels like a concise overview of the essential for getting into sound for film.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up in New York City listening to AM radio in the early / mid 60s. There was also a lot of gospel music at my family’s church and accapella groups in neighborhood storefronts. I got my first guitar and started lessons when I was 10 years old. It was a Harmony arch top. I think my parents rented it. After seeing The Beatles on TV in ’64, I started learning their songs and that was it!

2. What training have you had?

As far as recording, it was totally on the job. I was very fortunate to apprentice at Blue Seas Studios, a George Massenburg built facility near Baltimore MD. It featured George’s prototype parametric, programmable console, Sontec compressors and EQs plus lots of vintage tube mics. The facility had it’s own mastering lab and lathe as well as a record pressing plant. While I did have some formal music training, I consider myself “self taught”.

3. When did you get into recording?

About the same time I started playing music. My aunt gave me an old Webcor mono reel to reel. It had a built in amp and speaker. When I got my prized 62’ Gibson SG the Webcor became a guitar amp with great distortion! A few years later my friend and I got two Sony stereo decks and I started overdubbing.

4. People you have worked with/for?

The first day I walked into Blue Seas Studios I met Little Feat who were recording “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now”. At the same time they were working on Robert Palmer’s “Sneaking Sally Through The Alley” LP. Bonnie Raitt, Emmy Lou Harris, Van Dyke Parks and Earth Wind and Fire were just some of the artists that came through Blue Seas. Since starting in advertising, television and radio I have worked with some diverse folks, Johnny Cash, NRBQ, Cal Ripken and Walter Cronkite to name a few. As a staff composer for Bunim-Murray Productions in LA, I have written music cues for NBC, MTV and FOX networks. I am currently a freelance sound designer and mixer for The Discovery Channel and working with independent production companies that produce shows for ESPN and PBS.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I love what I do and enjoy sharing my experience with people. Also, my wife and much of her family are teachers. I have had the benefit of seeing how they interact with their students. Making these videos has allowed me to evaluate what I do, organize and put the process into words.

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    Audio for Video with Pro Tools

    Learn all about producing audio for video with Pro Tools in this detailed series by pro audio / video veteran Victor Giordano. Learn the techniques and processes for recording and editing audio for video in Pro Tools, as well creative effects and mixing standards.

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Audio for Video with Pro Tools is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Good overview Coming to this having made music in PT and not much else, so far this feels like a concise overview of the essential for getting into sound for film.
Date published: 2017-03-11