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Chapter 6. Editing > Sound and Sound Tracks

Sound and Sound Tracks

In Hollywood there are three categories of sound: dialog, music, and effects. The sync sound recorded while images are being shot is typically considered part of the dialog track. Voice-overs and narration are other types of dialog tracks. Sound effects involve the addition of various noises to augment the picture (door slams, footsteps, gunshots, thunderclaps). Music is usually one of the last tracks added, as you'll want everything else finished before adding a musical score to your movie.

Professionals often work with two tracks of sound, or sometimes even four, while editing a picture. Imagine if every time you wanted to add a shot, you had to add a picture separately and then add the same exact amount of sound—and if you were off even a tiny bit, all the sound might be out of sync with the pictures. As you have probably experienced, it is profoundly irritating to watch a movie when the sound is out of sync with the picture. Because you don't want to deal with keeping all these independent audio tracks in sync with one another and with the picture, let's focus on a simple case: a dialog track and a music track.


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