POST-PRODUCTION SOUND PREPARATION GUIDELINES

GUIDELINES

So that Escient Digital can continue to provide such low rates, it's important that projects are properly prepared for post production sound work. Below are guidelines that must be followed to properly prepare the project for post production sound. These guidelines may also be found on the Post Production Sound Preparation Guidelines page on our website at http://www.EscientDigital.com and should be provided to the editor and/or assistant editor. These are all fairly simple things that experienced editors and assistant editors will be familiar with. Failing to fulfill these guidelines will add more time and cost to the process. If there are any issues or questions about these guidelines please ask.

1. Single Sequence.

Unless the project is multiple episodes, such as a TV or web series, the entire project should be in one full long play sequence.

2. Separate/Disconnect Synced Audio from Video Clips.

All audio clips should be separated/disconnected from the video clip it was synced to during the editing process. This will help ensure that the software doesn’t try to link the audio clip to the camera media instead of the original sound files.

3. All Audio in WAV Format.

All audio clips should be WAV files and the same framerate as the camera media and project. Convert all mp3 and other compressed audio files to WAV and re-edit into the project. It is acceptable to mix 16-bit WAV files with 24-bit wave files.

4. Filters & Effects.

Any filters applied to audio clips in the editing software will not translate to the sound editing/mixing software. If any filters or adjustments are crucial and cannot be lost, render the audio to a separate WAV file and re-edit into the project.

5. No Nested Sequences.

There should not be any nested sequences. Any nested sequences should have the actual clips from the originating sequence copied into the project’s sequence.

6. Drive Organization.

The files on the hard drive should be neatly organized and everything needed should be easy to find. XML, Project File, and Media Including original camera media, transcodes, VFX shots, stock footage, etc.) on the drive should be neatly organized and easy to locate. This is extremely important for the proper importing of the project to the software. If necessary, you may media manage the project and media to a new hard drive.

 

Failure to follow these guidelines may cause errors when importing the project into the sound editing/mixing software or undesired results in the final project.

If errors are encountered that cannot be easily and quickly fixed, the project/hard drives will be returned to Production Company to fix the project according to these guidelines, or the work to fix the issues and properly prepare the project for post production sound can be done by Escient Digital at an additional cost. Production Company will be contacted immediately upon determining the project has not been properly prepared for post production sound for Production Company to decide between the options.

 

MATERIALS NEEDED TO BEGIN:

Generally, what is needed to begin work is the following items on a USB 3.0, USB 3.1, or Thunderbolt hard drive.

Not every project will need all of these items and some projects may need additional items. Please inquire to be sure.

1. All production sound media and any additional audio that has been edited into the project.

2. An OMF exported from the editing software, with separate complete audio files. Use 24-bit and 48KHz options.

3. An XML (FCP or Premiere) or AAF (Avid) export of the sequence(s).

4. A rendered export of the sequence(s) for picture reference with sequence/program timecode burned in.

5. The editing project file, if possible, to help resolve any potential issues with the conforming process.

 

Please ask if there are any questions about these guidelines.