CHAPTER 10Audio for Video



The true mark of an audio track’s success—to sound so natural under a given scene that it draws no attention to itself.

—Walter Schoenknecht, Midnight Media Group

Historically, audio has been slighted in the world of television. Most manufacturers and producers have cared more about the image, relegating audio to an inexpensive, poor-sounding little speaker on television sets. However, if you really want to find out how important audio is to a video production, just turn off the audio and try to follow the story. You will soon get lost. Look away from the screen, with the audio up, and you can still follow the story. Audio is as important to television as the video image. Audio gives images a convincing realism. ...

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