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Ryan Turner
sot?????
on Mar 5, 2010 at 11:32:21 pm

I have a client asking for video layers to be SOT and I have never heard this term before. What does SOT mean?


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walter biscardi
Re: sot?????
on Mar 5, 2010 at 11:34:30 pm

Sound On Tape. Usually means primary interviews or primary sound from a main character or person in the show.

SOT is used extensively in news production.

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Ryan Turner
Re: sot?????
on Mar 5, 2010 at 11:39:33 pm

Wow thanks for the speedy response and the answer:-)


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walter biscardi
Re: sot?????
on Mar 5, 2010 at 11:46:50 pm

My pleasure. Your Producer is probably asking you to put the SOTs on one video track so they can see them quicker.

What we do here is always assign SOTs to be on particular audio channels, usually 3 and 4 so we can see them very easily in a story.

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todd reid
Re: sot?????
on Mar 11, 2010 at 2:59:06 pm

SOT reminds me of another industry term that has always baffled me...
MOS = Mit out sound (without sound)

Anyone know the origin of this?

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walter biscardi
Re: sot?????
on Mar 11, 2010 at 4:11:26 pm

[todd reid] "MOS = Mit out sound (without sound)"

That's a new one on me.

MOS for me is Man On Street as a Man on the Street interview.

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Dave Jenkins
Re: sot?????
on Mar 11, 2010 at 4:43:17 pm

One theory is a German director, transplanted to Hollywood (probably Ernst Lubitsch, but possibly Fritz Lang), was asked by a script supervisor how he would like to shoot the next scene of the day. The director responded "Mit out Sprechen!", and so this was noted as a joke on the production reports and the camera slates for the shot.

Documentary, news and reality shows have added to the meaning of MOS to mean "Man On Street" which are random interviews from the public. This may have happened when a few too many film producers stumped their interns by using the term with no requested or given explanation. So the interns, turned video producers, changed "MOS" to the opposite meaning.

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gary adcock
Re: sot?????
on Mar 13, 2010 at 12:14:02 pm

[walter biscardi] "[todd reid] "MOS = Mit out sound (without sound)"

That's a new one on me. MOS for me is Man On Street as a Man on the Street interview. "



Todd,
the Acronym is known now as "Motor only Sound".

The origin is "Mit Out Sprechen/Sound" (without speech; German/English movie term for shot without dialog




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