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Postproduction

AJA Io XT Fuels Live Broadcast and Post for Action Sports Productions

small_xxl1Based in Orange County, CA, Action Sports Productions (ASP) delivers live HD webcasts for the world's biggest events in surfing, skateboarding, motocross and much more. ASP has specialized in live broadcast and post production services for action sports, music and entertainment for over a decade.

After experiencing repeated failures and frustrations with his old workflow, ASP founder Jay Johnson began looking for an effective Mac-based broadcast solution.

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Postproduction Facilities Embrace the Future

Postproduction facilities understand the importance of establishing a good workflow and utilizing a talented creative team and technical experts. As technical advances steadily evolve, post houses must consistently adapt in order to cater to the needs of each client. And with the cost of digital cameras becoming more affordable with so many options available, content creators can shoot footage with an array of devices in different formats. P3 Update found several post houses that are successfully embracing a changing technical world while nurturing the distinct visions of individual filmmakers.

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Editing Action Footage

Editor Stephen Myers, ACE began his career as an assistant to Director Jonathan Demme and has been cutting feature films, documentaries and TV shows for over 25 years. With The River (starring Mel Gibson) as one of his first credits, Myers knows his way around action and suspense films, and his most recent feature, the mockumentary And They’re Off, involves the world of horse racing. Regardless of the genre, when Myers edits a project he works from the premise that each scene tells a small story with a beginning, middle and end. “Any action scene to me is about telling a story and about showing who has the upper hand at any moment and who ends up being the victor at the end of the scene,” explains Myers.

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Digital Technology Brings New Editing Possibilities

After nearly 20 years of cutting news footage for the Los Angeles independent station KCAL-TV, News Editor Tom Novak has pretty much seen it all, including the changes of the station’s ownership from Disney to Young Broadcasting to current owner CBS (which has maintained the station’s independent status). As one of five editors working on the multiple evening news broadcasts, Novak notes that two of the biggest changes involve the way raw footage is captured and the increasingly rapid turnaround time made possible by digital technology.

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Post Audio

Even though Hollywood has been doing multichannel audio mixing for over 70 years, the sound technicians and artists behind today’s mixes take nothing for granted. To get a feel for today’s audio postproduction tools and techniques, I visited two of the hottest boutique post houses in town. SonicPool and 5 Guys Named Moe offer state-of-the-art equipment and software and a full range of postproduction services, and both have corporate cultures that focus on strong customer service. The co-founders of these boutique houses both feel that the size of their companies enables them to offer more personal service. “Being a small company helps us be more efficient,” says SonicPool Co-Founder Patrick Bird. “We try to operate as if we’re a production’s post department rather than an outside facility.”

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