Most exciting news of the day

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I don’t know about you, but the Levelator more than once saved our *ss in postproduction when we screwed up the audio during production. For those of you who don’t know the Levelator, it balances/normalizes the sound so you get a steady volume in your audio. Ideal for interviewing since most of the time the volume of the interviewer and interviewee differ. Check it out on their website.

Based on this they took it a step further. Say you do a remote interview with a double-ender. The most difficult thing in postproduction is to sync both tracks so that it actually sounds as a conversation. On the expo they showed a work-in-progress software that will do the syncing for you. What you do is you record both ends in high quality and you record the conversation by phone (which you were doing anyway). You put these three track into your audio software, push a button and voila, the high quality tracks are synced using the low quality phone track as a reference. Throw away your telephone track and you’re good to go.

But it didn’t stop there. They took 4 different video devices, varying from a HD camcorder to a telephone videorecorder. They used these four devices to shoot a multicam scene. Obviously not all video devices started recording at the same time. They imported all 4 videotracks in their video editing software. They pushed again the magic button and guess what? The softwarer actually used the audio track as a kind of time code and synced all videotracks with each other.

This is very exciting stuff for postproduction. Unfortunately they didn’t know yet when the software was going to be finished and under which conditions it was going to be released.

You might want to keep an eye on this development…

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