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Effective: Summer 2013
MUS 81BSOUND DESIGN FOR FILM & VIDEO3.5 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in VART 81B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. (54 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will design and assemble a soundtrack from different sources, both pre-recorded and recorded.
  • A successful student will describe and discuss the aesthetic qualities of sound and music as it relates to the content of video.
Description -
Creating and editing soundtracks and audio for digital video, music video and film. Recording live sound, and integrating sound effects from a digital library. Dialogue editing and re-recording (looping), and musical soundtrack creation. Synchronization of audio to video using timecode, aesthetic quality of sound and music as it relates to video content, and the production of video/audio projects using Final Cut Pro/Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Operate a digital multitrack recorder and video editing program in studio/multisession environment.
  2. Analyze audio from an existing video project.
  3. Assemble a soundtrack from different sources, both pre-recorded and recorded.
  4. Assess the comparative levels of tracks as they relate to the multitrack recording as a whole.
  5. Define the overall level of a multitrack recording in relation to the headroom allowed by the video editing software used to produce the video.
  6. Describe and discuss the aesthetic qualities of sound and music as it relates to the content of video.
  7. Discuss the aesthetics of sound as used in video in other cultures.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. 24/8 analog and digital mixing consoles.
    1. 10-20 condenser and dynamic microphones.
    2. 1 Plus Pro Tools HD system.
    3. 2-5 M-Box Pro Tools Native systems.
    4. 3 Macintosh computers at least 1 GHz with a 24 channel D/A converter.
    5. At least five workstations with Final Cut Pro and appropriate hardware.
    6. Digital sound effects audio library.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities; Email address; Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Study and analysis of audio in the digital video environment.
    1. Audio gain limits and headroom.
    2. Multi track audio and mixing for video.
    3. Integrating audio into the video environment with video as the primary component.
    4. Integrating audio into the video environment with audio as the primary component
  2. Planning and assembly of video/audio projects.
    1. Recording sessions for video, both voice and effects.
    2. Mixing and mastering multitrack audio to two tracks for production.
    3. Synchronizing audio to video using timecode and manual spotting.
    4. Listing and filing of audio data into the audio library.
  3. Study and analysis of digital media video and recordings.
    1. Traditional film audio and the history of sound in film.
    2. Application of synchronization protocols including SMPTE time code and MTC.
    3. Contemporary audio techniques in the digital domain.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written assignments that analyze, compare and contrast different audio and video techniques.
  2. Designing and assembling a multitrack recording for video production.
  3. Producing video projects that include edited audio.
Representative Text(s) -
Chion, Michel. Audio-Vision. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.

Disciplines -
Commercial Music
Music
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Electronic discussions/chat,
  4. Laboratory
  5. Demonstration
 
Lab Content -
  1. Lab content in music technology courses includes lab assignments and experimentation with variances in areas such as formatting media bit rate, sample rate, and media size. For example, a video bit rate of 2500 kbps, or kilobits per second, will result in higher video quality, but larger file size, and an audio bit rate of 128 kbps with a sample rate of 44.100 will result in high quality audio, but may not synchronize properly with other media elements, resulting in slower transfer times and incorrect playback on slower systems. B. Other items may include subjects such as number of plug ins per insert track, bus assignments for efficient recording operation, and mastering compression settings.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly reading from course text.
  2. Written critiques and analyses of audio in television, web video, and cinema.