Audio Post Production & Quality Control
100% Film & Television Quality Control & Post
In the Quality Control process, Audio Post Production & Quality Control of equal to, or more importance than the video portion. In fact far more movies and television shows that we QC are rejected or placed on hold for audio issues than for video issues or other reasons.
QC Central is a full Video / Audio Post Production Facility. We work with production companies that work exclusively with audio portions of shows or movie. These audio streams later become “married” together with video before projects completion. Along with Audio QC Reports we can also perform other audio post work including Finishing, Conforming: fixing out-of-sync audio, & removing ticks, pops, & other sound anomalies.
In the audio report we will check for correct audio averages, & peaks. The Process also insures that the stereo phase is correct for each set of tracks. (Stereo Comp, Stereo M&E, Individual 5.1 pairs etc.) The QC also checks for a multitude of other audio problems including mono audio, out of phase audio, incorrect panning, ticks, pops, glitches and much more. All issues noted in a full written report.
Finishing refers to correcting whatever existing issues are still present after QC to enable the audio portion of the show to be approved. Sometimes a filmmaker will receive a deliverables list that wants stereo M&E tracks (Music & Effects) and/or 5.1 mix that the filmmaker may not have. These must be present in order for distributor to accept the project. We perform the following Audio Editing and Post.
Creating 5.1 & M&E Mixes from Scratch
These mixes are created using available audio “stems” that the client may have in their possession. These stems are separate “D M & E” (Dialogue, Music & Effects) audio files which are usually .aiff, or .wav. We use these to create the additional audio mixes required. In extreme circumstances the movie maker may not have any additional files besides the 2 channel stereo mix, in that case we can still create the new mixes by recreating the music and effects needed without any additional source material.
QC Central can create an M&E track (Music & Effects) by cutting around the dialogue of a stereo mix track, and recreating effects that happened during dialogue. We have worked with several clients doing exactly that. After we can then create full 5.1 mixes (and 5.1 M&E Mixes) including the LFE track (low frequency effects) which many 5.1 mixes we get for QC do not contain. Here is out page that tells you exactly what you need to make a proper M&E Mix. Audio Specifications for an M&E (Music & Effects) Track for Film & TV
Fixing Missing Effects In M&E Track:
Most Film & TV Projects contain a Stereo M&E (Music & Effects track) This is a track that contains all audio except English dialogue, which is removed. Foreign language dialogue will be added to the mix later. Often the M&E track is not fully filled meaning that some of the effects in the stereo mix or 5.1 track are not present in the M&E track. Often this is due to the effects being recorded into the mix in the dialogue track, which cannot not used in M&E if the effect is happening during dialogue. We can add all missing effects to the M&E track even if there is not a separate effects track available. One way we do that…
Sound Effects Design.
In some instances we may need to design effects from scratch by finding the desired effect and matching it to the scene, we then mix in any music or other effects that were present, and reinsert the new effect in the mix.
Removal of audio ticks, static, pops, dialogue glitches and other sound anomalies for a cleaner, more professional sound.
Often more than one editor works on a movie, when the pieces are put together later it can have sync issues, where the dialogue may start before the mouth movement , or after; or sound effects could be out of sync starting early or late. Sometimes the out of sync audio will change from one scene to the next. We can fix these problems so that the audio dialogue and effects are in sync and where they should be throughout the program.
Other conforming services include Audio peaks and Loudness level adjustments. There are audio peak limits in both movies and TV that must be followed. QC rejection will occur if audio peaks are too high (or too low.) We can also fix incorrect loudness levels as defined under the calm act in which overall loudness of a show must fall within a certain range. Loud-ness is different than Volume and is a composite of dialogue averages throughout program.
Loudness is measured in LKFS using specialized audio equipment. We are able to get any audio level problems straightened out and Approved by QC
Sound Mix & Design w/ Pro Tools:
We can work with you to create the entire audio mix for your feature, we can also create 5.1 mixes, including real LFE (Low Frequency Effects) track, M&E, and much more.
Please contact us for more information on full audio mix and design or any other questions about Audio Post Production & Quality Control.