Avid Pro Tools 310P: Advanced Post Production Techniques

3 days
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Course Description

This course focuses on the advanced operation of Pro Tools in a professional post production environment. It includes technical insights into both Pro Tools hardware and software.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for end-users with intermediate Pro Tools post-production skills who want to gain the highest level if technical and operational Pro Tools knowledge.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Configure Pro Tools|HD systems for Post Audio
  • Troubleshoot Pro Tools|HD systems in the Post environment
  • Synchronize Pro Tools|HD with Linear Video
  • Efficiently control Pro Tools via a surface and through key commands
  • Execute Post production recording techniques
  • Execute Editing workflows
  • Design sound effects using plug-ins
  • Implement advanced routing and mixing techniques
  • Use fundamental mixing architectures & techniques in post production
  • Mix with Satellite Link
  • Use advanced layback techniques


Course Outline:

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Lesson 1: Pro Tools HD Hardware Configuration

  • Setting Up a Pro Tools HD System
  • Configuring Avid Peripherals
  • Audio Interface Calibration
  • Verifying Installation of Additional Pro Tools Software Options
  • Operating System Optimization
  • Non-Administrator (Standard) Accounts
  • Pro Tools Session File Interchange

Lesson 2: Troubleshooting a Pro Tools System

  • Using DigiTest to Identify Hardware Problems
  • Updating Avid Firmware
  • Deleting Pro Tools Setting Files
  • Deleting Database Files
  • Understanding Voice Allocations
  • Playback Engine Advanced Options
  • Advanced Pro Tools I/O Setup
  • Audio and Video Pull Options

Lesson 3: Synchronizing Pro Tools with Linear Video

  • Configuring the Hardware and Software for Linear Video Sync
  • Clock Versus Positional Reference
  • Setting Frame Rates
  • Setting the Session Start Time
  • Preparing for Online Recording
  • 9-Pin Control of Pro Tools
  • Using Pro Tools 9-Pin Serial Machine Control
  • Machine Control Shortcuts
  • Machine Control Error Messages
  • Recording Slaved to and External Timecode Source
  • Spot Mode in Post Production
  • Working with Time Stamps
  • Generating a Timecode Window Burn

Lesson 4: Tactile Control of Pro Tools

  • Parts of the Keyboard
  • Modifier Keys

Lesson 5: Post Production Recording Techniques

  • Third Part Support for Avid PRE Communications Protocol
  • Controlling PRE from Pro Tools
  • Recording Foley
  • Recording Foley Using MIDI

Lesson 6: Editing Workflows

  • Examples of Post Production Editing Workflows
  • Sound Library Searching and Management
  • Sound Effects Creation and Design Using Plug-ins
  • Sound Effects Creation and Design Using Elastic Audio
  • Pro Tools Advanced Editing Shortcuts
  • Grouped Playlist Synchronization

Lesson 7: Pro Tools HD/HDX Mixing Concepts

  • Bit Depth, Dynamic Range, and Dither
  • Comparing Different Pro Tools Mix Engines
  • Fixed-Point Versus Floating-Point Processing Overview
  • Comparing Pro Tools|HD Versus HDX Versus Native Mixers
  • Common Mixing Errors When Moving from Pro Tools Host-Based to Pro Tools|HD
  • DSP-Based Mixers and DSP Usage
  • Dither
  • The Pro Tools HD Mixer
  • Looking in More Detail: An Audio Signal's Tale
  • Appropriate Use of Native Plug-Ins

Lesson 8: Advanced Mixing Techniques

  • Common Mixing Preferences
  • Advanced Delay Compensation
  • Mix Bus Techniques
  • Master Faders Versus VCA Masters
  • VCA Master Automation
  • Latch Prime
  • Writing Static Automation Mixer Settings
  • Capture Mode and Punch Capture
  • AutoJoin Mode
  • Miscellaneous Automation Techniques
  • Automation Workflows

Lesson 9: Mixing Using Satellite Link

  • Large-Scale Mixing Techniques Using Satellite Link
  • Pro Tools HD Satellite Link Mixing Scenario
  • Configuring the Satellite Link Network
  • Satellite Linking Preferences

Lesson 10: Advanced Layback

  • Project Offset Options
  • Linear Layback Workflow
  • Speed Corrections
  • Creating Printmaster Stems Using Pro Tools 9-Pin Remote Deck Emulation
  • Creating a Machine Track Arming Profile
  • Using Satellite Link with Machine Control