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Dustin Barrons
Audio Workflow
on Dec 19, 2006 at 1:50:18 am

I was curious if anyone had any ideas on various type double system audio workflows for digital video. I currently have an old ADAT blackface I use when shooting shorts, then sync using a clapboard. Nothing too fancy. However, I would like to think about purchasing a porta-DAT eventually, and was curious on any suggestions you may have about a workflow.


1. Initial syncing to digital video. Also, what about monitoring for various people on set. One of the reasons I like the rackmountable ADAT is that I can send signals out to a headphone monitor and also back to playback (which, I would like to use DVRACK eventually for audio and video on-set playback). The only current disadvantage is ADAT's quality loss and the fact that I must haul 4000 pounds of audio equipment on every shoot (which isn't necessarily a problem... I never really liked my back anyways :).

2. Bringing of audio into a home editing system (hardware, I hear MOTU and Digidesign make pretty good firewire hardware... also, what hardware could accept multi-track ADAT and DAT if necessary)

3. Various softwares I could use to work with video and how the workflow would work in post (I currently am using Adobe Premiere Pro 1.0 for video (yes, I know, I need to upgrade to 2 :) and was wondering how Adobe Audition was. I've used Cakewalk and Cubase way back in the day, but nothing for video) ... (as far as post workflow, should I sync audio in Premiere, then export out to an audio program for sweetening and mixdown, or what?)

4. What about working with 5.1, how does the software flow work in that respect?

5. Lastly, any other suggestions... like, should I purchase a good set of monitors? What hardware would support that.

I am on a somewhat tight budget and am not looking to completely revamp my house into a studio. Nor do I think going to a audio post-house for mixdown on every short I do to be a good idea (unless I hit the lottery, of course). Just some suggestions on what I could possibly do to make my audio mixes better. Perhaps I could buy a little piece at a time.... hmmmmm....


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