Considering that remote recording has become increasingly the rule and not the exception in production, finding solutions to cure the common woes of directors, mixers, and engineers is a focus of innovators in the M&E space. As a leading global localisation provider, Deluxe is aligned with the worldwide creative audio and dubbing communities and so occupies a unique position to address the problems that can plague a post schedule. The company recently added a new feature to their cloud-based platform, One Dub, called Session Sync. It includes functionalities designed to alleviate some of the most critical issues that sound teams are facing with remote recording.
To combat the misperception that remote recording adds too much time to a post schedule, Deluxe knew that decreasing set-up time and having an interface that was highly intuitive to users was crucial. Feedback from sound mixers indicated that downloading apps in order to record delayed starts during remote sessions. So the development team under Greg Taieb, Deluxe’s VP of product management, designed a user-friendly interface accessed directly from an internet browser with no downloading needed. Using the best tools available in the remote recording space produced turnaround times that are equal to or within five to ten per cent of in-person studio sessions.
Historically, a dropped line discovered during QC can set delivery back days or even weeks, so a preventative measure was built into the system. At the close of a session, the mixer or engineer sees an alert on the dashboard if a line was not recorded, averting a future delay.
Access and Availability to Quality
As productions shut down and cast members retreated to the safety of their homes, often far from the crew, a solution that availed itself to all was critical. The Deluxe team created a platform that could be accessed from any studio, anywhere. A laptop, a microphone, and internet connection is all that the voice actor requires for a session that yields 24-bit 48kHz audio available for instant, in-session review.
Dubbing director and voice actor Laura Post, known for her work in anime, including the new Pokemon: Twilight Wings series, embraced the solution for an episodic project. What started out as a normal, pre-pandemic project quickly became a logistical headache as she faced the prospect of having to direct and collaborate with her voice actorandsoundengineerremotely. She credits Deluxe One Dub for its work in helping her and the team stay remotely in sync to bring the project to completion amidst Covid-19 restrictions.
Because the solution is cloud-based, Post was able to grant the sound engineer permission to remotely control the talent’s recording session, enabling Post and the engineer to collaborate together to edit the voice work in real time. This afforded Post more flexibility to appropriately fulfill her responsibilities and eliminated the low quality, compressed audio that is synonymous with remote audio streaming solutions.
"One Dub helped me bypass all potential latency issues, which anyone who works in the world of dubbing knows is often the biggest and most frustrating challenge," says Post.
The challenges created by Covid-19 pandemic have been many. The technologies that prevented all-out stoppages were part of what kept content moving through the media supply chain. Remote workflows in creative production will continue to rely on cloud-based innovations to keep the film and television industry working safely and the content quality high for the consumer.
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