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Old 01-11-2020, 02:13 PM
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Default Re: Protools for Composing/delivering files for scoring projects

Originally Posted by BScout View Post
And a pet peeve — music is more than FRAME accurate. Sound is a SAMPLE accurate medium. Unless you are extremely diligent about printing down your music cues to frame edges each and every time, just labeling timecode in the file name isn’t good enough for sound. I haven’t met a composer yet that diligent—re-recording mixers tend to be (and they work in grids set to frames more.) To complicate things, due to the history of DAW development, programs like Logic are built on a tick-based engine. Which means picture frame edges don’t always align to ticks exactly. Sample-based engine DAWs can always be perfectly aligned. (Also, Logic uses a different subframe count than ProTools if you thought adding that precision would be your solution.) What does work is embedded timecode that is written into the header of the audio file. That is sample based on any DAW as part of the standard.
But what I’m getting at is: written timecode placement isn’t exact for audio placement; it’s good ballpark.
Very, very good point.
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