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for Film and Video
By Jay Rose, C.A.S.
460 Pages with 1-hour Audio CD
9 Customer Reviews (Amazon)
From Focal Press ISBN 9780240809717
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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):
- "No stone is left unturned... Every serious non-linear editor should have this book." -- CreativeCow.net
- "The chapter on dialogue editing alone is worth the price of the book." --Millimeter Magazine
- "Virtually every professional audio technique that can be adapted to desktop audio"--Creative Planet
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)
New in this edition:
- Hollywood editing and mixing techniques for smaller projects
- The latest tapeless workflows to desktop production
- Setting up for surround
- Some before-and-after audio examples, with explanations, from actual tracks
- More free and low-cost tools for audio post
- More pages, more audio examples on CD, additional online content
Helps the neophytes improve their project soundtracks and help the professional solve technical and creative problems of sound for picture... The author stresses that this book is written in plain English, but also has plenty of demonstrations and visual analogies [and] step-by-step instructions for common operations. Does it sound practical yet? Jay, you had me at "plain English."
-- Staff, Splicevine
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Audio Postproduction is practical from the get-go. The very first chapter is all emergency fixes for common sound problems... If you buy it for just one fix, it will probably be worth it. But the book has more to offer. Here is a collection of strategies and techniques that comprises "sweetening" — from sound-proofing and connecting your audio edit suite, to detailed chapters on file exchange, synchronization, music editing, dialogue editing, mixing, noise reduction and dozens of special sound effect recipes. Audio Postproduction is really the practical half of the sound equation. Rose doesn't get into his philosophy until the final pages. It basically comes down to challenging yourself, experimenting and, above all, having fun.
-- J. Ott, MakingTheMovie.info
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- No stone is left unturned in the audio postproduction process. ...even producers who have substantial audio production experience will learn a few things... The technical tables, illustrations and visual examples provided throughout the book are by themselves worth the cover price, and the author's sense of humor and positive attitude throughout the text only add to the enjoyment of what could have been a very dry subject. Every serious non-linear editor should have this book. It is destined to take an honored place beside Mr. Rose's best seller Producing Great Sound. I give it four and a half out of five "cows".
-- Timothy J. Allen, CreativeCow.net
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Audio Postproduction for Digital Video is the follow up to Producing Great Sound for Digital Video. The new book basically expands on the postproduction section in the first book and as a result, some of the material overlaps. But at more than 400 pages, it contains so much essential new information that you may never notice the similarity between a few chapters. Rose is smart about not overwhelming the reader, but ... also goes beyond the basics for the reader who may be considering a career in film sound. Contains more practical advice and information about the actual process of ADR and sound effects editing than has been shared in any one book. Rose knows what is required to get the job done and presents it as if he's a consultant to your independent film company. The chapter on dialogue editing alone is worth the price of the book.
-- S. D. Katz, Millimeter Magazine
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I have just read the best audio text on the practical and technical aspects of audio for digital video post production... a comprehensive and useful text for video editors who work with audio.
Novice editors can read this book... and have a collection of advanced audio capabilities in their bag of tricks in order to compete. The excellent chapter on dialog editing makes this book a must read for editors! There is a separate chapter for finding and editing music, and another for sound effects... If you work with audio in your timeline, I cannot imagine that you will not become a better video editor after reading it.
-- Bob Turner's The Cut, July 16, 2003
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- Audio Postproduction for Digital Video can be used as a reference book for experienced sound professionals or university instructors, or - for new film-makers like me - can be a practical handbook for anyone who makes digital films... It's all here, shown with useful illustrations and explained in straightforward language that even a beginner can understand. ... the author managed to keep me interested through more than 400 pages of hands-on, detailed practical advice. The book's audio CD - not the typical CD-ROM junkyard of shareware that expires in 4 days - is a valuable collection of sounds and tutorials that are expertly coordinated with the text of the book.
-- Michael Pastore, Epublishers Weekly
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- ...a compendium of virtually every professional audio technique that can be adapted to desktop audio. Digital video students and beginners can use the book to understand what options are available to improve a soundtrack, even after the actors have gone home. Experienced producers can learn the techniques that audio professionals use to solve technical and creative problems quickly.
-- Staff, Creative Planet Communities
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- 100% Recommended by our customers.
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Reader commentsAmazon.com 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.
Additional Reviews from the First Edition:
- The man knows his stuff... simply oozes authority that comes from a lot of miles in the studio. Rose excels in making sometimes baffling concepts easy to understand for filmmakers who may not have had the best grades in math and science.
December 21, 2011 Reviewer: David Baeumler
- Jay Rose is a guru on the subject and best of all he loves to share his knowledge... anyone could learn a lot from this book... Not software or computer platform specific and you will learn editing techniques that will help you no matter what you use in the future.
July 1, 2011 Reviewer: Mamacita Liz
- Easily the best, most well written technical book I've read. Rose explains things so well that you are happy to read all the depth he provides. He also has his head firmly in the real world, and understands that not all budgets are equal... if you're in a rush, you can easily find the section to need, get the info and go.
April 23, 2011 Reviewer: T. Dowse
- I got this book after reading "Producing Great Sound" from the same author here in Amazon... Down to earth, real techniques and as before great technical explanations. A Great Book!!
October 2, 2010 Reviewer: Alvaro Calandra (Montevideo, Uruguay)
- 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.
August 27, 2010 Reviewer: Tim Warneka
- 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... you don't need a professor to get the most out of this book. EXTREMELY useful book, highly recommended.
June 7, 2010 Reviewer: Brian Gilbert
- 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... His tips transcend each platform and teach you how to really get something done... Even after 10 years, I learned some new stuff.
September 25, 2009 Reviewer: Lucien (Los Angeles, CA)
- 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" 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.
January 6, 2009 Reviewer: R. Buncher (Pittsburgh, PA)
- This book is simply the best book on post-production audio out there... gets to the real nuts and bolts of the day-to-day sweetening of sound. Technical in spots going into the physics of sound, studio design, and other minutia but... for those who just want to fix things they can jump to the end of each chapter and use the cookbook/troubleshooting sections. If you are serious about filmmaking, you can't be without this book.
January 3, 2007 Reviewer: G. L. Stone (Santa Clara)
- Audio Postproduction for Digital Video is top-notch... a soup-to-nuts guide on how to deal with sound in postproduction. ...The book is an education in sound and, together with the numerous photos and diagrams (and Rose's good sense of humor), it's a liberation from the dry prose of most manuals on postproduction. Anyone considering directing a short or feature, anyone who wants to be even nominally involved in the sound design of their film, and, of course, anyone interested in working in audio postproduction, would do extremely well to pick up a copy...
August 23, 2004 Reviewer: S. P. WARE (Los Angeles, CA)
- This is an exceptional book: clear, comprehensive, and full of the kind of information you need to edit professional-quality DV sound on your desktop... Especially helpful is the 77-track audio CD... I ordered this book to help solve some specific problems in editing a short film; I'll keep it within reach of my editing station to help shape the next one.
November 30, 2002 Reviewer: Max McCoy from Lost in America
- This book has lots of good information for both the new editor and the experienced. Jay's techniques for dialogue editing are thorough and every time I read this section something new shows up... a very good section for cutting music to video and overall does an outstanding job of explaining the audio post process. If everyone would read this book and follow the advice there would not be so many videos with poorly edited audio out there.
November 29, 2002 Reviewer: Gerald Robinson from Divide, CO USA
- This book in fantastic. The authors voice and style make this not only easy to read but a joy to read as well. There are little tips and tidbits in each chapter that will make a good audio guy great and a great audio guy better.... The level of information includes the spectrum from basic to advanced, but through Mr. Rose's clear explanations the advanced information should not go over the heads of the reader.
- I just wanted to say thanks and many kudos for your awesome book... good technical books are rare, but your work is a clear exception. I have been doing live sound reinforcement for over 7 years at my church and in worked as an intern broadcast engineer at cable stations, and most recently immersed myself in the world of podcasts and indie film making. So I have picked up a better-than-average knowledge of audio production, but somehow your book takes me to the next level with text that is clear, concise, rich with useful experience-based info, and even funny at times (for geeks like me at least :-). The CD is essential too.
October 6, 2006 Gregory Stone
- I have for some years been the sound consultant to a local video makers' club, and have also taught sound techniques to adult education video makers classes. Had I had these books to recommend years ago, my life might have been a lot easier!... I have also found plenty of information to help me personally... I must congratulate you on producing books packed with useful information for both amateur and professional, and backed up by informed opinion from someone who actually practises what they preach.
May 19, 2003 Richard Simmons
Audio Postproduction was designed to be useful for the producer, videographer, and editor:
- 14-page FAQ takes you through a hierarchy of solutions for common problems with garbled dialog, sync problems, noise and distortion, and mix issues.
- Comprehensive. Three chapters on setting up your audio post equipment and software. Step-by-step instructions for getting great voice-overs and ADR. Twenty-six pages teach you the fine points of dialog editing... fifty pages on scoring and sound effects. Separate, long chapters on every aspect of audio processing, from equalization through time compression and noise reduction. Almost forty pages on mixing and release formats: controlling perspective, making individual tracks work well together, and meeting technical standards.
- Lots of bulleted tips, step-by-step instructions and "Gotchas".
- Plenty of illustrations that actually demonstrate concepts and techniques.
- Not tied down to a particular software or hardware platform. Screenshots and tips for both Windows and Macintosh. Will remain a useful reference for years.
- Written in easy-to-understand language by an audio professional who's spent years working in the field.
- One-hour audio CD can be played on any stereo or loaded into your NLE. Includes diagnostic tools, examples, and sample files for tutorials.
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:
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.
How to buy Audio Postproduction for Film and Video, 2nd Edition
- You can find Audio Postproduction at large local book and computer stores for $44.95.
- Amazon may be offering a substantial discount. (They've started experimenting with their discount policy. Some days they discount They're keeping the logic behind this proprietary. But if you see a price you like, grab it.)
- Or check the discount at Markertek.
This well respected audio/video dealer has been around longer than Amazon. I've bought a lot of gear from them, both online and from their brick-and-mortar store, and always been satisfied with their service.
- They haven't offered to buy me pizza (see below), but I'd rather you got the book at the best price.
The first edition is now available in Russian and German editions.
10/3/08 and updates