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Audio Postproduction
for Film and Video

Second Edition

By Jay Rose, C.A.S.     460 Pages   with 1-hour Audio CD
From Focal Press    ISBN 9780240809717   List $44.95 at bookstores everywhere.   or click for discount purchase from and others.

9 Customer Reviews (Amazon)

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Amazon sells this book in both hardcopy and Kindle versions. The hardcopy comes with a 1-hour audio CD.
The Kindle does NOT include these tutorials, demonstrations, and diagnostics, and Amazon never tried to license them. For copyright reasons I can't provide the files electronically, so please don't ask. Be sure you're ordering the version you want.


On the other hand, we licensed all the material accompanying Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, 4th Edition for electronic distribution. Hard-copy and Kindle readers can go to a dedicated website, enter a password, and either listen there or download to their own computers. Full details here.


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Critical comments (about the first edition):

About the Book

The Digital Video revolution makes it possible for artists, animators, filmmakers, and ordinary citizens to produce first-class video using nothing more than a desktop computer... and in fact, a lot of what you see on network tv has been assembled in ordinary offices, on Macs and PCs. (I should know. I create the soundtracks for them. My recent projects have included network-identity packages for PBS, documentaries for the A&E and Discovery Networks, and movie promos for Buena Vista and MGM.)

A lot of creative individuals have taught themselves how to produce and edit pictures by playing with these computer systems, and comparing what they do with what they see on bigger screens.

But you can't teach yourself how to polish a soundtrack this way. There are too many interconnected factors. For instance, decisions you make while editing dialog can influence how effective your music score will be. And trying to improve part of a track by ear -- tweaking a knob until things seem better -- can make them much worse later on.

And while there's good hardware and software available for just about every audio task imaginable, from strengthening a voice to cleaning up noisy backgrounds from the shoot, its use is almost never intuitive.

There's an art to good sound. But there's also a science, and a body of techniques that have been developed by professionals like me, over a large chunk of the past century.

This book teaches the science and technique of studio voice and sound effect recording, editing dialog and music (the techniques are different), processing, and mixing. I don't expect you to be a scientist, so I've kept the physics and math to basics you learned in grade school, illustrated with visual analogies. And since I expect you to be primarily interested in results, the book is full of practical tips, how-to examples, and time-savers that have been proven in the field.        — Jay Rose

From the Introduction to the Second Edition:

Film and video sound have been separate disciplines for most of my career.

Film used platoons of specialists, sometimes with rooms full of interlocked transports and editing machines, to turn tiny bits of acting into tracks that would work in a theater. Video had to be smaller and faster. Even big shows often had only a few audio people, working with much longer performances and mostly the same equipment as music production. Film and video both had "sound for picture" and many of the problems were similar. But the equipment, techniques, workflows, and business models were different.

Digital changed that... (more)

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Critical Comments
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Reader comments as of January 20, 2012

The one negative review is from a reader complaining that the Kindle version didn't come with audio examples. I agree it's a problem, and don't recommend the Kindle version unless you're desperate for e-reading material.
The Amazon excerpts below are about the print edition: this is the standard version, and a full one-hour audio CD of examples, tutorials, and diagnostics is included with it.
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User-friendly Features

Audio Postproduction was designed to be useful for the producer, videographer, and editor:

Table of Contents

Excerpts from chapter 8, "Dialog Editing"

About the Author

Jay Rose, CAS, is a Clio and Emmy-winning sound designer, and proprietor of The Digital Playroom -- a creative audio-for-video boutique. Playroom projects have included:
  • Network identity packages for PBS
  • Documentaries for A&E and Discovery Networks
  • Music and dialog editing for Disney and MGM
  • Broadcast promos for CBS.
  • Rose also writes popular audio tutorial columns for DV Magazine and ProVideoCoalition, lectures at various conferences, is a member of the Cinema Audio Society and past officer of the Audio Engineering Society.

    For Classroom Use

    Instructors are invited to order classroom evaluation copies from the publisher.

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