Mixcraft for film/TV audio

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Swayeee
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Mixcraft for film/TV audio

Post by Swayeee » Sun Jun 05, 2016 4:58 am

Hey guys,

I was wondering if anyone has used mixcraft to mix trailers/spots/documentaries etc? I am currently working on a low cost video production workflow and I am looking for a solid replacement for Adobe Audition. I have given the trial a spin and it seems solid so far.. def. aimed towards music production though.

Any thoughts on this?

Sam.

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Re: Mixcraft for film/TV audio

Post by AHornsby » Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:46 am

It depends. One question would be what format will you be rendering to? -h

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Re: Mixcraft for film/TV audio

Post by Swayeee » Sun Jun 05, 2016 6:57 am

AHornsby wrote:It depends. One question would be what format will you be rendering to? -h
I will be rendering the final audio mix as a WAV to place in to the video timeline; but often I will need to make sure that the audio is compliant with TV specs (such as R128 loudness).. I have found a few VSTs that can analyze loudness but none that help achieve the correct volume.

Sam.

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Re: Mixcraft for film/TV audio

Post by AHornsby » Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:15 pm

Broadcast audio has also been sucked into the loudness war so as you look at the standards from one venue to the next, you might keep in mind that projects rendered in the FLAC format, will be compatible with more hardware than WAV -- which is the brainchild of Microsoft/IBM. https://xiph.org/flac/links.html

Mixcraft is also FLAC friendly software. -h

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Re: Mixcraft for film/TV audio

Post by aj113 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:27 am

Swayeee wrote:...I will be rendering the final audio mix as a WAV to place in to the video timeline; but often I will need to make sure that the audio is compliant with TV specs (such as R128 loudness).. I have found a few VSTs that can analyze loudness but none that help achieve the correct volume.

Sam.
Here's the best way I have found: Don't use a VST, use a standalone, I use Orban (free).

http://www.orban.com/meter/

Mix your track and export it as normal, load the file into Orban to get a reading for the entire track in seconds. (Given in LKFS but as you probably know, this exactly the same as LUFS). Adjust either your master slider or your master limiter (if you are using one) to achieve the exact loudness required (-23 LUFS for R128). Re-export the mix, re-check in Orban.

Sounds a bit convoluted but it is actually the easiest and quickest way I have tried.

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Re: Mixcraft for film/TV audio

Post by msnickybee » Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:18 am

Anyone got experience with the Melda freeware plugin VSTs?
They have a freeware loudness meter VST, I've not used it but seen it (although it doesn't seem as pretty as some eg the Toneboosters one) & thinking about it to know my LUFS from my DR...

https://www.meldaproduction.com/MLoudnessAnalyzer
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Re: Mixcraft for film/TV audio

Post by aj113 » Mon Jun 06, 2016 10:07 am

They all do exactly the same thing, using the ITU-R BS 1770-3 algorithm. If they're not using that algo then they're not loudness meters.

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