Today’s task was to synchronize a short piece of video with audio, the clip was from 1999 movie, Sixth Sense directed by M. Night Shyamalan. We got given the script for that scene, the audio and video files separate and the buzz track. The task was to synchronise the dialogue with the images.
When producing films or TV, dialogue is nearly always recorded separately to the video, meaning video is recorded through the camera and sound is recorded on a separate device. Like a boom mic, which is a microphone that is attached to a boom pole. This boom pole is carefully placed above the characters head and out of the shot, so the audience watching believes that whatever is happening on the scene is real and if you see the mic or any other equipment it breaks the illusion. For documentary or news programmes, Tie microphones are used. This is because documentary and news programmes are accepted as being real, therefore there is no need to conceal microphones. On a production, once all shooting has finished and it enters the post production stage, all video and dialogue files are loaded to the computer, a bit like we did in this task.
The first thing I did was to import all the files onto Adobe Premiere Pro to start the editing process, when doing this I noticed that some audio and video files weren’t working. Then I got told that when downloading files from “Moodle”, the files won’t always download correctly. In this case the files didn’t have the dot on the .mov part so I had to add that to make the audio files work.
After importing the dialogue and video, I read the script and listen to the audio clips and put them in order according to the script.
Timing is really important when it comes to a film or TV production because if it is not synchronized correctly, it will look poor and be deemed un-professional. It will look awkward and the audience will quickly catch up on that because you can see the mouth move and no sound will come out, to avoid this after placing all the audio tracks in the correct places, I carefully watch the clips and see when the actor’s mouth move and time the dialogue with it.
Lastly is to add a buzz track, which is very important because dead sound in real life is very different from on camera, when it goes silent on camera you can hear literal silence while in real you can hear the room, you can hear the air moving, noise in the distance, etc.
As part of the task, you also needed to add an appropriate soundtrack that adds to the mood. Now this was optional so I chose not to put any background music as I feel it wouldn’t add much to the scene and it’d maybe be distracting, and it was a hospital that is usually a quiet place where people rest.
If the video doesn’t play, it’s because Youtube copyrighted and blocked the video.