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Post-Op Media Wins Again at the 2009 DC Peer Awards

At the 2009 DC Peer Awards, sponsored by TIVA-DC, Post-Op Media took home the most awards from the Audio Post – Sound Design and Audio Post – Sound Mixing categories. Winning two of the four awards for Sound Design, Washington DC, Steve Urban and Andisheh Baroomand both earned Silver awards for their work on Bizarre Dino and Virus Hunters, respectively. Post-Op Media co-founder, Brian Cunneff took home both the Silver and the Bronze for Sound Mixing, Washington DC for his work on Man’s First Migration and Virus Hunters. Overall, Post-Op Media’s post audio work was acknowledged with four out of the seven awards given. These wins maintain the track record from the 2008 Peer Awards when Post-Op Media also won 4 awards for Sound Design, Washington DC and Sound Mixing, Washington DC. In 2009, Smoke compositor, Henry Holdren, also won the Peer Bronze for Graphics/Compositing & Keying, Washington DC, for his work on SIPC’s Real People. No matter the year, we’re awful proud of our fellas and all those fancy statues they bring home.


The Definition Does Not Fear Change And Neither Should You

Times they are a-changing. Along with the ever-increasing real estate on your wall, High Definition Television has brought with it new terminology, new technology, and new potential headaches. But fear not. With Post-Op Media on your side, taking your project into High Definition, be it 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, is as simple as stating your needs.

We support multiple formats, so it doesn’t matter where your project is destined. The only thing you have to worry about is telling your story.


VA Documentary & Independent Film Post Production

Post-Op Media is the number one choice for Documentary and Independent Film Post Production in Virginia. Implementing Digidesign’s Pro Tools HD, we are able to create a streamlined, efficient workflow to eliminate worrisome technical issues that eat up time and money. All of our audio suites access a large database of sound effects, giving our Sound Designers a vast palette of sounds to create a vivid soundtrack for your project. If we can’t find, finagle or mangle just the perfect sound, we’ll get down and dirty in our Foley room to wrangle it.


VA Narration Record

Whether you’re in Moscow, Amsterdam, Los Angels or anywhere in-between, Post-Op Media is the best choice for Narration Recording in Virginia. Employing both APT and Zephyr ISDN codecs you can record your talent here, there… or anywhere. Not necessary? Well you could always record your narration in our conveniently located booth . Large enough for a roundtable conversation, performing ADR, lock-to-picture, or single talent reading from the page. Our Narration Booth has heard it all! Combined with the ability to capture audio at rates up to 24bit / 192kHz and deliver all standard types of file you can be assured that your Narration Recording will obtain the highest standard source for your mix session.


VA Surround Sound Mixing

With Digidesign’s Pro Tools HD mixing platform at the heart of each of our audio mix suites, we are able to tame the wildest sounds and smooth out the roughest mixes. And by mixing in the box there’s no generational loss when adding dynamic processing, equalization, creating sub-mixes, or re-routing signal. It’s through this process that we are able to create a mix in Surround and simultaneously create a downmix to Stereo that is, swell for swell, eq for eq, the same. So your SD audiences won’t miss the story, just the rumble of the sub and the envelopment of space that the surrounds provide.


VA Voice Over Recording

Whether you’re in VA, LA or anywhere in-between Post-Op Media should be your choice for Voice Over Recording. With ISDN lines using both APT and Zephyr codecs it doesn’t matter if you’re here and your talent’s there of vice versa. Of course you can always record a standard narration in our ample sized booth. Large enough to hold roundtable discussions, perform ADR, read-to-picture, or just a single talent reading your script, our Narration Booth has seen it all and is ready to address your project’s needs. With the ability to record up to 24bit / 192kHz files as .WAV .AIF or any other type you may need, you can be assured that your Narration Recording will provide the best quality source for your mix session.


Can I Get More In The Monitors?

You’ve whittled down the script, and your scratch track just isn’t going to make the cut from here on out. It’s time to bring in the big guns, the talent with the Really Deep Voice, or the Wacky Character Voice, the Soothing Friendly Voice, or the Knowledgeable Voice of Authority. And it’s time to book your recording session at Post-Op Media.

With VO Recording it is imperative that you don’t chose a facility that can just “get it done” but one that is there to make sure it gets done right. It’s true, any joker with a mic and some recording software can get you a Voice Over, but that might not be all you get. Hum, Plosives, Room Tone, Distortion, Paper Rustle, Clothing Rustle, even an Ambulance Drive By have all been turned over to us in “Keeper” takes recorded by other facilities. And all required extraneous editing time that inflated the productions’ budgets.

You need experienced ears between those speakers that know the difference between noises and can eliminate them quickly if they don’t belong there. Someone who understands audio signal and can put a handle on the technical side of the project while you direct the talent. So that at the end of the session everything you walk away with will be everything that you hoped for and nothing you don’t want to hear.


In A World … Where One Producer … Must Direct … One Voice Actor … 3,000 Miles Away

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Is it just us or are schedules becoming more and more hectic? The ability to gather three people in one room has become nearly impossible. Thankfully, these days technology has us closely connected. But if you think the sonic quality of conversation is sub-par, you’ve never participated in an ISDN session before.

ISDN is a technology that allows real-time studio quality audio to be passed between our facility a second studio utilizing ISDN. What does this mean? It means that you can be here and your talent can be in LA, but it sounds like they’re just on the other side of the glass. Or you can dial in via phone patch to our control room and we can connect you with your talent who’s on vacation in Southern Italy, and it’s no different than if we all just met face-to-face in the hallway. Except for the whole putting-a-face-to-a-name thing. But we’re working on that too…

Perhaps the recording’s long over, and you need to deliver your source audio faster than FedEx, faster than ftp. Well, via ISDN you could deliver it in real time. Add to that the ability to pass timecode with the APT box, and you’ve got an ADR solution for when your talent simply can’t take the red eye.

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He Beginning Of Sentences Are Almost As Important As The En

Up-cut syllables, mouth noise, pops, clicks, distortion, air conditioning that sounds like a 747. They pervade even the most blockbuster of budgets, but that’s no reason to allow them to disgrace your production.

There is no better investment in your mix than the appropriate amount of time in Audio Editing, it’s time spent getting to know your program, understand its flow and work out all its kinks. Post-Op Media’s Audio Post team has the tools that are necessary to primp, trim, and prep every element in the timeline, so the only surprises come mix approval time are pleasant ones. Audio warts that had made you cringe in offline will been cleaned, spliced and smoothed over to flow seamlessly from one transition to the next. Track organization and signal routing will allow for an uncomplicated layback process, where new deliverables can be created with just a few clicks.

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Mix Your Project In Surround, Get a Stereo Mix For Free!

The Audio Mix is where we provide the sonic focus for your story. In every mix there can be a mountain of elements all competing for your attention: dialog, narration, music, sound effects, sync sound, ambience. And each of those elements can be comprised of many themselves. Through the mix process we decide what belongs in your sonic foreground, middle, and background for each moment of your program.

With Digidesign’s Pro Tools HD mixing platform at the heart of each of our audio mix suites, we are able to tame the wildest sounds and smooth out the roughest mixes. And by mixing in the box there’s no generational loss when adding dynamic processing, equalization, creating sub-mixes, or re-routing signal. It’s through this process that we are able to create a mix in Surround and simultaneously create a downmix to Stereo that is, swell for swell, eq for eq, the same. So your SD audiences won’t miss the story, just the rumble of the sub and the envelopment of space that the surrounds provide. And you don’t have to worry about stretching your budget to have the best of both worlds.

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