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POST PRODUCTION QUICK TIPS: "Sound" Voice Over Advice

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POST PRODUCTION QUICK TIPS: “Sound” Voice Over Advice By: Jessie Pickworth So, your project is edited to pure genius (well done, you), but now you need some voice narration to pull it together. It’s not always easy to find that magical voice that brings your piece together – even with a casting director. Being a post house, our team has worked a ton of voice over sessions and learned a lot of boxes to check to get this done right. We can help break this down a bit for those of you that don’t do this regularly – make it more manageable. 
First, you need to think about who this voice over person is. A general rule of thumb for selecting your voice over artist is to consider who will be watching your piece and select someone that best reflects the majority of that pool of people. Also consider the talent showcased in your project – if the majority of key personalities are male and over forty, it usually makes sense to have your voice over artist be…drumroll, please…a male over forty, and …

POST PRODUCTION QUICK TIPS: Color Grading Do’s & Don’ts

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POST PRODUCTION QUICK TIPS: Color Grading Do’s & Don’ts By: Roberto Cardenas Now that you have finished your color correction, it is time to make some more stylistic choices with regard to the coloring of your film/video project. That is where color grading comes in. The phase when you set the mood and create an environment that is unique to your vision. Whether you are embarking on this process hands-on or directing your team to your visually mind-blowing end goal, here are 6 tips for success.
     1.Don’t Move! First, only do work in a dedicated color grading room. These rooms are designed for color grading and are blacked out (sorry, no windows and scenic views for you, friend) to ensure that the only light effecting the color of your screen is coming from your screen. And, if possible, stay in the same color grading room in which you started. Any changes in environment can alter your perception of the light and color. Second, don’t switch monitors! It may feel super-efficient to…

A POST PRODUCTION TIP: Getting Color Correction Correct

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POST PRODUCTION TIPS: Getting Color Correction Correct By: Micheal French 
Color correction is a visual art, but with the below guidelines it can be effectively mastered. If you are embarking on a new project and need to take color correction into your own hands, or just want to better understand what it takes for your team to get the job done right, check out our 4 tips for executing excellent color correction for your video project.
1.Start with a Properly Configured Camera. While it may look nicer right away to record using a normal or default color profile, you are not doing yourself or your color corrector any favors by shooting in anything but a flat color profile. (If you have a camera that shoots RAW footage, it will already be in a flat color mode.) This mode gives more latitude to work with color in post.

QUICK TIP FOR QUALITY POST-PRODUCTION AUDIO: Pick The Best Mic For Each Shot

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QUICK TIP FOR QUALITY POST-PRODUCTION AUDIO: Pick The Best Mic For Each Shot By: Micheal French 

There are plenty of factors that determine the class of your audio production, but one sound quality-increasing tip that will put you at an advantage in post is “Don’t tie yourself to one mic.” Using multiple types of mics on set for each shot maximizes your ability to capture the best sound. In post, when you hear a problem through your intended mic, you will then have the ability to check other audio sources for another option. Your boom mic (whether it be directional, omnidirectional, or another based on that scene’s main audio needs) may work best for overall sound capture in that scene, but you may find that a particular element took better through another mic, such as the lavalier you tacked to your actor.
The sound from two different mics likely won’t match up perfectly, but that is what EQ and a good Re-Recording Mixer are for.