[Tig] OT-Audio levels for theatrical use from digital post

Ted Langdell ted at tedlangdell.com
Mon Jun 18 17:25:07 BST 2007

Ted Langdell
Ted Langdell Creative Broadcast Services
Marysville, CA
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Pardon the OT post, but I know folks here will have suggestions or  
referrals to references.

A gentleman in another forum is seeking info on whether there are  
"standards he shouldn't be overlooking" when sending the audio he  
just finished posting for a feature length documentary. The doc will  
be playing at this weekend's LA Film Festival.

Jeff writes:

"It is possible it will go on to limited theatrical release after  
that as well.  This is the 1st feature length project I've worked on  
that will screen in theatres.  I just want to be sure I'm not  
overlooking any standards I should be conforming the audio to before  

Is there a  nominal/reference level that is expected when delivering  
for theatres?  ie, RMS at -18dB.  Or is this not really relevant?

The movie is being delivered on Digibeta for the festival  
screenings.  Don't know what it may be transferred to for any  
releases after that."

I'll pass any info on to the OP.

You can e-mail me off list, or if you think it's appropriate, reply  
to the list.  Might be useful as many people seem to be collecting  
additional hats to wear, these days.

Thanks, and hope you're all having a smooth Monday... unless it's  
Tuesday already where you are.


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