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Christopher Travis
Audio keyframes VS cut and shunt
on Sep 23, 2014 at 7:28:35 pm

Hello all,

I am a career-long "cut and shunter" and I make no bones about it. By this I mean that when I want to dip/raise the volume on a clip, I make an edit, adjust the volume on one segment, then add a fade over the transition.

I've worked at a few places where I've been told not to do this. At the time I didn't feel like questioning it but I assumed this made things easier for the dubbing mixer. After looking around, I gathered that having lots of through edits in a timeline makes for less than perfect translation via OMF. Is this true? How bad is it? Should I get out of the habit? I really don't want to be handing off projects that leave people cursing my name but dammit, keyframing is such a pain in the arse. I love cut and shunt because if I need to move a sound bite for example and I have music dipped around it, I just need to roll my through edits along to accommodate it.

That said, if it really is a hassle for the sound guys I guess I'll have to kick the habit.


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Pat Horridge
Re: Audio keyframes VS cut and shunt
on Sep 25, 2014 at 8:11:16 am

Lots of dubbing mixers prefer to remove the offline editors audio adjustments. Audio keyframes/rubberbanding can be ignored on import. Your cuts can't. So it can make it harder in the dub.

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