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Basics of Video Sound, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Now fully updated to reflect the latest advances, the second edition of Basics of Video Sound is a primer for anyone wishing to learn about recording sound. It describes the principles and processes involved in obtaining professional results in educational, training and corporate environments.

Assuming little prior knowledge, this book covers everything from how to choose a microphone and obtain the best quality recordings, to editing the results for the final screening. It features:
· the latest advances in the use of disc and minidisc systems, computer based editing in audio post production
· coverage of studio and location work
· descriptions of the role of each crew member
· full explanations of technical terms
· health and safety precautions
· practical advice on the equipment available and how to use it

Basics of Video Sound aims to provide the reader with a rapid understanding of what is actually a complex process, without getting too bogged down in technical terms. It is equipment non-specific and references to technical matters are only included where necessary to understanding, for example a short explanation of the electricity and physics that is needed in order to become a good sound recordist.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Introduction to the second edition
  7. Introduction to the first edition
  8. How to use this book
  9. Acknowledgements
  10. 1 Sound and video
    1. The sound teams
      1. - The studio sound team
      2. - The location sound team
    2. What is sound?
    3. Sound outdoors
      1. - Sync problems
    4. Sound indoors
      1. - Reverberation
      2. - Absorption
    5. Sound measurements
    6. How we hear
    7. The ear
      1. - Frequency and loudness
  11. 2 Microphones
    1. What is a microphone
    2. Working principles
      1. - The moving coil principle
        1. - Advantages and disadvantages
      2. - The electrostatic principle
        1. - Advantages and disadvantages
    3. Same principle - different name
      1. - The ribbon microphone
      2. - The electret microphone
      3. - The RF capacitor microphone
    4. Impedance
    5. Phase
    6. Polar response
      1. - Omni-directional
      2. - Bi-directional
      3. - Uni-directional
      4. - The ‘other’ cardioids
    7. Specialist microphones
      1. - Highly directional microphones
      2. - Boundary microphones
      3. - Radio microphones
      4. - Underwater microphones
  12. 3 Audio connectors and connecting
    1. Audio connectors
    2. Balanced lines
    3. Phantom power
  13. 4 Recording the sounds
    1. Magnetic recording
    2. Analogue recording
    3. Digital recording
    4. Video recorder formats
  14. 5 Location recording
    1. Outdoors
      1. - The problems
    2. Back to the sound cupboard
    3. The one person shoot
      1. - No power
      2. - The interview
      3. - Small-scale drama
    4. Indoors
      1. - Limited power
      2. - The office scene
      3. - Small-scale drama
      4. - Power
  15. 6 Audio post-production
    1. Tape-based editing
    2. The logging suite
    3. The off-line suite
    4. The on-line suite
    5. Audio editing
      1. - The simple option
      2. - The more complex option
      3. - The ideal solution
    6. Non-linear editing
    7. Hybrid editing
  16. 7 Studio recording
    1. Studio sound equipment
      1. - The sound mixer
      2. - Setting up the mixer
      3. - The reverberation unit
      4. - The compressor
      5. - The noise gate
    2. The recording
      1. - The interview
      2. - The discussion
      3. - The drama
      4. - The pop group
  17. Glossary