Post-Production

Whether you’re an editor, sound editor, Foley artist, compositor, VFX specialist or work in any profession related to the post-production process, this is the place to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice on your chosen craft of the business in general

Michael Connolly
Colour grading...

Hey everybody, Had a question regarding Colour grading... we just finished a documentary and its a really mess... we graded it colour in Davince Resolve but the new version is not out yes so we had to use the Beta and its just not good enough yet. so we where wondering what other colour programs are good to use? we edited the film in FCPX.

Tony Elwood

Michael, might I suggest trying Color Finale Pro. It's a plugin for FCPX. I just finished coloring a film and loved the way it works. Keeps you right inside Final Cut. The new color grading tools insi...

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Michael Connolly

Tony, that’s actually what we went with... but its so slow to use... and it’s having a strange effect on the background colors...

Michael Connolly

thanks everybody for the advice, I love to have a community like this where I can ask questions!

Patricia Poulos

Michael, A young man, Cristian Florin Cozminca (a colorist/editor) is looking for work. He's prepared to work for free. I'm unsure if I've got all this right, but if you have something, perhaps you could contact him on this site.

Tony Elwood

Michael, what is your machine setup, ram, drive space? I know if you're using plugins or correcting within final cut pro x, it requires a ton of ram and hardrive space. Question...is the color finale...

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Danny Villanueva Jr.
Is production sound hiss a regular part of post mixing?

Just shot a short in a silent building and received the audio files which all have a background noise hiss. Will there always be hiss that gets corrected in post?

David Trotti

How much hiss are you talking about? If you're hearing it a perceptible level compared to your dialogue, something may be wrong with the equipment or the way the audio was recorded. You can eliminate...

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Kyle O'Connor

Hey Danny! David is right, and another question to ask yourself is what type of "hiss" is it. All rooms are going to have their own room tones and sonic characteristics when recording--even "silent" o...

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Nelson Torres

You can EQ it out.

Cristian Florin Cozmincă
Three editing/coloring projects for free

I am looking for someone with lots of projects to be colored/edited and I am willing to do 3 for free as a test. Can you recommend me some people or topics around here? After doing those 3 for free I am looking forward for a long partnership in this regard. Thank you for your help!

Vasco Phillip de Sousa

I'd say, don't work for free if you're looking for a long partnership. People don't remember you if you work for free, or they remember you to others who want free work.

Nelson Torres

"If you're good at something, never do it for free." - The Joker

Cristian Florin Cozmincă

But first you have to be good at something. ;)

Patricia Poulos

Yes. I hear where you're coming from. Many of my junior staff did not have experience and were trained on the job so that when (and if) they left, they had all the skills they needed for a more senior...

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Vasco Phillip de Sousa

If you really want to do a work experience, approach a local editing company and ask them. Use their equipment, let them look you in the eye. Then they'll know you, and be more likely to hire you.

Krystal Alexandria
Is it better to be in New York or LA to edit?

I'm a video/film editor and I wondered if it's best to move to New York or LA. Some people say editors don't need to move because it can be done remotely. I have contacts in New York and LA so I'm not moving there blindly not knowing anyone. (I'm currently living in Orlando, Florida) I have been get...

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Krystal Alexandria

Hmm good point.

David Trotti

I'm with Dan. Los Angeles. It's the heart of where post takes place. Some films and some shows based in NY cut there, but the vast majority are in LA and that's where the opportunities will mostly ari...

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Ian James Duncan

There is a lot more competition for work out here as well so keep that in mind.

Nelson Torres

Just make sure you're at the top of your game. They're the toughest markets.

Izzibella Beau

I know you have your sights set on NYC or LA, but what about Atlanta? Tons of movies and shows are now going to Georgia for the tax breaks. IDK, just a thought, it's always good to have a plan B and C...and D

Lana Konar
Do you have any experience in Post-Production for BIG studios or for a famous TV-channel?

What major problems did you encounter when you provided post-production services for them? Please share your knowledge, thank you!

Ian James Duncan

We posted a show for YouTube red. They use the same QC partners as HBO so the finishing process was very strict.

I would say leaving plenty of time to correct issues before the final files are due is k...

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Nelson Torres

None other than getting stiffed by the Weinsteins.

Advice on showreel

i'm wondering if anyone has good experience on editing showreels to make them more interesting instead of see the same boring scene one by one eheh thank you :)

Vasco Phillip de Sousa

When I look at actor showreels, I always wonder why they edit them. I can't tell anything if you cut it down to bits. Why not use the longest takes, to show what you can do? Or, send an entire short f...

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Luca Ribezzo

this question is not giving me any advice but just your opinion ahahha anyway thanks

Walter Martyn Cabell

I agree with Vasco, keep it as simple as possible, showcase your talent and nobody else's. A flashy edit and graphics might be counterproductive.

Vasco Phillip de Sousa

Luca, all advice is an opinion. If you want a numerical definite answer to everything, play sudoku.

Nelson Torres

Casting directors these days care less about showreels and more about Instagram and Twitter followers. Just keep it short and your face in focus.

Eric J. Vasquez
Just Looking for a Connection... or two

Looking to connect with After Effects, Visual Effects, and Special Effects talent for future endeavors... I'm also keen on connecting with people versed in the post-production world such as post-production coordinators/supervisors, editors, colorists, sound designers, sound editors, foley artists, m...

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Kieran Kaye

Hi Eric, I just joined Stage 32. I'm a post production sound designer and mixer for most content. If you need any help with future projects let me know! Check out my site for past work and contact det...

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Jorge Ferraro Martin

Hi Eric, i do Color.www.kromaboutique.comJorge

William Bracey

Hi Eric, I'm into audio post!www.isupplyaudio.com

David Zang

Hey Eric:This is CEO / Supervisor sound editor from AsparTateSounds. We are a company specialized into audio post production and I'm senior audio engineer who has been working in the pro audio for 8 y...

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Danny Villanueva Jr.
First time feature post audio

I'm getting close to wrapping up my first feature-length film (90 min) and am starting to plan for post production audio. I need sound design, foley, mixing, and mastering. Working on a micro-budget, I've been doing many jobs alone, but audio is not my strength. I decided this is something I need pr...

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Matt Muchka

This is going to be dependent on who you find to help you with audio. Often times smaller budget projects can take lower priority than the higher paying jobs, meaning the turnaround may take longer than anticipated.

Lindsay Miernicke

^Agree with Matt. Sound is so important so if there is anything you can move around in your budget to get an individual you are confident in to do this work for you- I suggest it. Pro Tools is the sof...

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Vasco Phillip de Sousa

Foley is going to be the biggest challenge at that price. Also, beware that remixing (adding in new sounds where others are terrible) might also be out of your range.However, with some genres you can...

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Barry Ryerson

I'm UK based and new to Stage32 but audio post-production is what I do. If you're still looking for help feel free to see my website www.ryerson-sound.com and get in touch, and if you're already sorte...

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David Zang

You might already start to work post production audio now, but for next time, you can always contact me, AsparTateSounds, rvdavid1992@gmail.com to get a free quote for your project. We can do all abov...

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Daria Davidova
QC online courses

Hi everyone!I'm looking for online courses of QC. Does anyone know it? Could you help?I will be grateful for any help you can provide.

David Trotti

Here's Netflix QC guidehttps://partnerhelp.netflixstudios.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000353211-Introduction-to-Netflix-Quality-Control-QC-I know Apple used to have a walk through guide for providing con...

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Daria Davidova

Thank you, David!

Zach Corey
Looking for some help finding work

Hi everyone,I'm newly graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies & Production from Temple University in Philly, and I am in the process of searching for jobs. I was just wondering if anyone could help me out with industry specific job websites/listings, or the best way to go abo...

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Dan MaxXx

Move to los angeles. Or atl, nyc. no steady paychecks in philly.Los angeles is mecca for post production. Earn steady pay and health benefits and work in a cozy Air Conditioned editing suite. It beats...

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Brittanie Maddox

Random question now that I see that you went to Temple. I recently applied to attend their Japanese campus in January. Just looking for something new, and then moving back to California. How is that s...

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Yvonne Coughlan
Production software recommendations

Hi Folks, I'm looking for advice on an operating system to create 1000s of short videos in different countries with many different collaborators, and crews, but allowing a centralised production system for creating script for voice-overs, shot list for images, call sheets, client sign off on all of...

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David Trotti

I've used Basecamp for coordinating creative teams on TV projects. Probably using a combination of Vimeo (for Video), Google Docs (for shared documents) and Basecamp (for shared folders) you could app...

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Yvonne Coughlan

Thanks David Trotti , yes have been using that approximation method with Vimeo, and Google docs, but will take a look at basecamp now. Having a chat with Celtx tomorrow and checking out Studio binder...

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Matt Muchka

I haven't used it personally yet, but Microsoft Azure could be a possible solution for you

Pat Savage

Microsoft Azure could be a great possible solution Yvonne Coughlan

Cherelynn Baker
easyDCP through Davinci Resolve

Who has used the easyDCP through Davinci Resolve? What was your outcome/experience? Was it worth saving $1500 on a professionally made DCP? Any experiences shared is appreciated!

Philip Sedgwick

SimpleDCP in Culver City. Fast. Affordable. Excellent quality.

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