What We Do
Video / Visual Graphics Creation and Post-production
Visual Effects (VFX)
In digital media, visual effects (VFX) is the process by which imagery is created or manipulated outside the context of a live action shot. Visual effects involve the integration of live-action footage (special effects) and generated imagery (digital effects and/or optical effects) to create environments which look realistic, but would be dangerous, expensive, impractical, time consuming or impossible to capture on film. We have a pool of talented visual effects people, one or more of whom are selected for a project needing these services.
2D & 3D Animation
Animation is the art of creating moving images with software and is a subfield of computer graphics and animation. Increasingly, it's created by means of 3D computer graphics, although 2D computer graphics are still widely used for faster rendering needs.
Motion graphics is animation, but with text as a major component - the crossroads between animation and graphic design. Usually, these are purpose-driven pieces with the goal of presenting information to the viewer through the use of animated text or graphics.
Color grading is the process of improving and/or matching the appearance of images in different environments across different devices. Various attributes of an image such as contrast, color, saturation, detail, black level, and white point may be enhanced whether for motion pictures, videos, or still images.
We like to think of sound design as our sweet spot. What is it? Sound design is the art of creating sound tracks for a variety of needs and involves specifying, acquiring or creating elements using audio production techniques and tools used in filmmaking, television production, video game development, theatre, sound recording and reproduction, live performance, post-production, and radio. Sound design commonly involves creating new sounds essential to what’s happening onscreen while editing and mixing in previously composed or recorded audio.
Mastering, a form of audio post production, is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source containing the final mix to a data storage device (the master); the source from which all copies will be produced. Mastering requires critical listening. Results still depend upon the intent of the engineer, the accuracy of the speaker monitors, and the listening environment. Mastering engineers may also need to apply corrective equalization and dynamic compression in order to optimise sound translation on all playback systems and to meet all industry guidelines and FCC laws.
Original Music Composition and Post Scoring
If you want to give your film, web video or commercial a truly unique feel. If you want something that will set it apart from the others, if you're looking for something so tailor-made to your content that it couldn't have come from some pre-existing music library, consider letting us compose an original soundtrack for your project. Our music composer, Peter Batchelder, is especially good at absorbing and translating your visual and artistic impressions into the ideal musical accompaniment. Having created original cues for hundreds of clients over the last 20 years, Peter is particular skilled at collaborating closely with his clients to find that perfect musical expression to underscore their story and deliver the desired emotional impact. Mixed along with the dialog and sound effects, original music will give your piece a distinctive, authentic flavor and bring its full spirit to life.
Audio mixing is the process by which multiple sounds are combined into one or more channels. In the process, a source's volume level, frequency content, dynamics, and panoramic position are manipulated and/or enhanced. Effects such as reverb, modulation (pitch change), and time-based effects (like echo) may be added. Mono, Stereo, 5.1 Surround mixing are all available at Independent Studios.
Automated Dialog Replacement (ADR) is the process of re-recording dialog by the original actor after the filming process to improve audio quality or reflect dialog changes and then replacing the original. Over the years, we’ve done all manner of ADR for just about any need and recently even had Weird Al Yankovic in for a session.
Remote Digital Patching (VISDN, Source Connect)
Virtual Integrated Services Digital Network (VISDN) is a set of communication standards for simultaneous digital transmission of voice, data, and other network services over IP networks. In English this means the ability to record remote VO (voice talent) over a high speed internet connection in real time.
Voice-over is a production technique where a voice—that is not part of the narrative is used in a radio, television production, filmmaking, theatre, or other presentations. The voiceover is read from a script and may be spoken by someone who appears elsewhere in the production or by a specialist voice talent. Synchronous dialogue, where the voice-over is narrating the action that is taking place at the same time remains the most common technique. Asynchronous (separately), however, is also used in cinema, documentaries and commercials.
Podcasts and Audiobooks
It's no question that podcasts are extremely popular. A podcast, for those who’ve not been on earth for the last ten years, is an episodic series of digital audio or video recordings that people can view or listen to. They're often available for subscription so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user's own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player. Independent produces podcasts for a variety of clients.
Library Music Searching & Licensing:
Library Music Searching & Licensing: Library music (also known as stock music or production music) is the name given to recorded music that can be licensed to customers for use in film, television, radio and other media. These libraries of music are vast and the task of finding the right track for a particular production can seem daunting. With our years of experience in searching and licensing, we can find just the piece of music you’ve been needing to complete your soundtrack and get the correct license for your production.
Noise Reduction and Audio Restoration:
Noise Reduction and Audio Restoration: Noise Reduction and Audio restoration is a catch all term for the process of removing imperfections such as hiss, impulse noise, crackle, background noise, and hum from sound recordings. Recordings can be restored or cleaned using algorithms to accomplish broadband denoising, declicking and decrackling, as well as removing buzzes and hums. Often audio engineers manually remove "pops and ticks" from recordings, and the latest spectrographic 'retouching' techniques allow for the suppression or removal of discrete unwanted sounds. Although automated solutions exist, audio restoration is sometimes a time consuming process that requires skilled audio engineers with specific experience in music and film recording techniques.
Foley (named after sound-effects artist Jack Foley) is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass. The best Foley is so well integrated into a film that it goes unnoticed by the audience. It helps to create a sense of reality within a scene. Without these crucial background noises, movies feel unnaturally quiet and uncomfortable. Foley recreate the realistic ambient sounds that the film portrays. The props and sets of a film often do not react the same way acoustically as their real life counterparts. Foley sounds are used to enhance the auditory experience of the movie.
LKFS Remixing: Loudness, K-weighted, relative to full scale (LKFS) is a loudness standard designed to enable normalization of audio levels for delivery of broadcast TV and other video. Loudness units relative to full scale (LUFS) is a synonym for LKFS that was introduced in EBU R128. At Independent Studios, we can re-mix a soundtrack to meet all of these nasty regulations.