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Picture Department: 4 Tips for making your sound department love you!

Picture Department: 4 Tips for making your sound department love you!

Turnover from picture department to sound is always a stressful time.  The sound department is chomping at the bit to get started, the edit is running behind, the director is sleep deprived and screaming at everyone.  While every turnover is a little different, in this article we’re going to focus on the little things that the picture department can do to make sound love you!

 

1. Visual and audible 2 pops on Everything, Every Time!  This means OMFs, AAFs, Guide tracks, picture.  It’s the only way to ensure sync on everything!

2. Stay organized.  Dialogue, FX, and Music should not share tracks!

3. Don’t do this:

SplitStereo

Splitting stereo tracks across 3 mono tracks makes us cry… and it makes sorting the turnover take five times as long!

4. Please don’t forgo fades or edits for automation:

NoFades

Automation is fine (and encouraged) in other places… just don’t forget about our friend the fade.

 

Feel free to share any of your tips in the comments!

 

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