In this week’s module, we have two assigned readings – “7 Secrets for Getting Pro Sounding Vocals on Home Recordings” by Filippo Gaetani and “Sound Advice: Editing Audio for Video” by Hal Robertson. In addition, we are asked to search and analyze some well-produced productions that have both audio and video in them. We also started production and post-production for our podcast.
Reading & Writing:
In “7 Secrets for Getting Pro Sounding Vocals on Home Recordings,” Gaetani discussed 7 tips that will help readers produce good audio at home. While the article mentioned that the tips are for home recordings, I think the main ideas are applicable outside of a home environment. I totally agree with Gaetani that a good recording comes with the vocalist being comfortable and does take several takes to make. Additionally, Gaetani suggested readers to concentrate on the performance and not the pitch, which prompted me to remind myself to put less focus on getting the lines right and more focus on the overall delivery. It is also interesting to learn about how different materials, such as wood and fabric, in the bedroom affect the recorded sound and how easy it is to make a pop filter at home.
In “Sound Advice: Editing Audio for Video,” Robertson discussed about techniques of editing video and audio. It is interesting to learn about the different terms used in editing a video as I have no idea about them prior to reading this article. I agree with Robertson that the main objective of editing video and audio is to tell a story smoothly, meaning that the audio has to match with the video. I also learned about how leaving some frames before and after a clip is important in putting different clips together to make a video. It is also great to learn that I can make the transition between different clips smoother by utilizing a cross-dissolve or a flash.
Research to Inform:
The following are three videos that I found well-produced, with the audio effectively elevating the video content:
- Inception – Zero gravity fight scene
In this clip, the audio helps separate the different layers of the dream. The zero-gravity fight happened in a deeper layer of the dream while the car chase took place in a more superficial layer of the dream. At the beginning of the fight, the music used is a more suspense one and did not carry over to the car chase scene. As the fight escalated, the music got louder and changed to a more ominous and grandiose one. The music also carried over to the car chase scene, tying events in the superficial layer to events in the deeper layer. The stronger beats of the music also coincided with the car slamming against the ground. I also love how the music ends with the gunshot in the deeper layer of the dream and rain sounds coming on in the superficial layer of the dream, marking the resolution of the fight and the chase.
- Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War – Official Trailer
In this clip, the music separates the serious scenes and comedic scenes as the two comedic scenes in this trailer do not have any music as background. At the beginning of the trailer, the music is more solemn, which goes with the narration. In addition, the sound effects of snapping fingers and stone attaching to the gauntlet match well with the narration too. The music for the different fight scenes are from the same song, making those scenes feel connected. Another part that I thought audio elevates video is the carrying over of Dr. Strange’s roar to the war scene, as the roar serves as a battle cry to the war scene.
- Marvel Studios’ Black Panther – Kinetic Energy Film Clip
In this clip, the audio accents the action scenes. The music is calmer before each major action of the Black Panther (jumping onto the car and using kinetic energy) while reaching more of a climax at each major action. The sound effects of shooting bullets also helped distinguish between the two different locations involved in this scene.
Here is my podcast on flu vaccine:
Music, ambient background noise and sound effects are obtained from https://www.zapsplat.com.
Trimming down my script and my recording to fit the time limit was harder than I expected. There’re so much more I wanted to include and say, but just didn’t have time for it. Deciding which sound effects to use and when to add them in is also a struggle, but I hope it will become easier for me as we move through the modules.