February 14, 2015 at 3:26AM

0

recovering lost audio

Assuming that you lost the audio recorded Separately for a certain scene, And all that you're left with is the audio recorded from the camera itself, what could be the best way to turn that audio into something usable? is there a specific software you would use in that case?

Please note that we're talking here about a scene that cannot be reshoot, as in the case of it being from a documentary.

3 Comments

I just made a post about this the other day, maybe something there will help you... http://nofilmschool.com/boards/questions/whats-best-way-cut-down-backgro...

February 14, 2015 at 6:33AM

5
Reply
avatar
Ian Pfister
Owner/DP/Editor
204

There aren't a lot of great options for this... garbage in = garbage out, as they say. You can try to use noise reduction, smart editing, and use room tone to cover the harder cuts. You can also be more aggressive with your noise reduction if you use music over the top of the audio.
If your microphone isn't near the source, your audio quality will always be impacted by room reverb and unwanted background sounds.
In the future, you may want to connect the audio recorder to the camera, so your scratch audio track is higher quality, just in case you have this problem again.

February 15, 2015 at 5:42PM

2
Reply
avatar
Jon Kline
Director of Photography
218

There are people who speak in the scene? If not maybe I can help you to reconstruct the scene as foley artist.

February 16, 2015 at 8:15PM

2
Reply

it will always sound terrible. but you maybe able to make it sound better. get it into something like pro tools and EQ it within an inch of its life. though this will dramatically reduce the dynamics. also some automation on the track between words and speech and then try filling in the gaps with ambience taken from a track that did work out. but unfortunately you'll never get it 100%.

February 17, 2015 at 1:08PM

7
Reply
avatar
Richard Shaw
Audio Engineer/Film Maker/Director
13

Your Comment