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Overview

"Too often in lower budget productions it is the sound that suffers the most. While DV brings a new quality recording medium to widespread use, it is the professional practice of sound recording, editing, mixing, and mastering that can add the most value to a project. This book will teach you how to make your work sound like a fully professional production. Well-known expert Tomlinson Holman offers professional techniques, thorough instructions, and helpful suggestions that you can apply to your own project from preproduction through postproduction, and provides invaluable tips and solutions for producing professional-quality work." Tomlinson Holman has wide experience and expertise in the area of film sound production, including working as a sound engineer on such films as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Star Wars. Return of the Jedi. He is well-known and greatly lauded for his pioneering work in developing THX and as a professor of Film Sound at the University of Southern California. The relatively new field of sound for digital video will now benefit from his expertise as well. Once considered an amateur format digital video is becoming the format of choice for some feature films and for many lower budget productions; the technology has become advanced enough that it is now possible to use the digital audio tracks of DV cameras to produce fully professional quality work. This book shows you how.

The distinguishing feature of many low-budget films and TV shows is often the poor sound quality. Now, filmmakers shooting DV on a limited budget can learn from Tomlinson Holman, a film sound production pioneer, how to make their films sound like fully professional productions. Holman offers suggestions that you can apply to your own project from preproduction through postproduction and provides tips and solutions on production, editing, and mixing.

Holman, sound engineer on such films as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, is famous for his pioneering work in film sound production and for developing THX. Now, he brings his expertise to the relatively new field of sound for digital video productions. Once considered an amateur format, digital video is becoming the format of choice for some feature films and for many lower budget productions; this book will enable you to use this medium to create the most professional and effective sound possible.Learn how to get great sound on a limited budget, from the recognized expert in the field

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Editorial Reviews

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"Even if your projects will never reach the complexity of a Hollywood feature, you can learn a lot from this book. It is clearly written, and Holman doesn't hesitate to share his encyclopedic knowledge and experience." - Jay Rose

"Although his focus is bringing professional techniques to budget productions, Holman imparts plenty of useful information to anyone involved in sound for picture." - Electronic Musician

"A good initial guide for the budding AV artist." - DJ magazine

"This is an excellent technical manual, packed with hard practical information....the chapters on sound design, editing, mixing, and monitoring are first class." - BKSTS magazine, May 2006
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240807201
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomlinson Holman is one of the most prominent figures in audio today. He is widely known for introducing new products and processes in the field, including the THX Sound System, Home THX, and the THX Digital Mastering program developed while he was Corporate Technical Director at Lucasfilm, Ltd. Mr. Holman has won career achievement awards from Cinema Audio Society and the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association, as well as an Academy Award for Technical Achievement in 2001. His feature film credits include Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi among others.

Arthur Baum received his bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics from Harvard University and went on to study film sound at the University of Southern California. He has mixed and recorded sound for several independent films, webisodes, and documentaries and has edited sound for television programs airing on Discovery Channel, Syfy Network, Cartoon Network, and Animal Planet. In addition to his work on independent and corporate projects, Mr. Baum has served on the faculty of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, teaching sound theory and technique to incoming film production students.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Basic concepts 1
Ch. 2 Introduction to DV technology 17
Ch. 3 Production sound I : general considerations 43
Ch. 4 Production sound II : microphones 81
Ch. 5 Production sound III : dealing with the output of microphones 101
Ch. 6 Connecting up, reference levels 129
Ch. 7 Sound design 161
Ch. 8 Editing 185
Ch. 9 Mixing 229
Ch. 10 Masters and monitoring 257
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