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NFTS Educates on TV Loudness Specs

Ensuring students know industry deliverable standards is among insights taught at NFTS

Beaconsfield, UK (November 7, 2018)—The National Film and Television School (NFTS), a film, TV and game sound design school in the UK, may focus on technical understanding of equipment and conceptual approaches to conveying information and stories, but it also has to ensure that when students graduate, they not only have technical abilities but an awareness of how to meet industry standards as well.

“We don’t want to distract our students from telling stories, and at the same time we want them to learn how to use the modern tools necessary for their craft and feel at ease with them,” says Jeremy Rodeschini, senior supervising engineer at NFTS. “With film soundtracks, the quality of the orchestration can be maximized by having a team focused on the narrative, a team where every member contributes to the story and collaborates while preserving a production’s artistic intent.”

Mixing Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’

Part of that process has been for students to learn about proper delivery specifications for TV production. To that end, the school uses Nugen Audio’s Loudness Toolkit—VisLM, ISL and LM-Correct, with students using VisLM when making TV mixes to ensure they have consistent dialogue.

“VisLM not only integrates perfectly into our real-world facilities, but it’s also a great tool for teaching our students about loudness,” says Rodeschini. “The graphical interface features a unique design that clearly outlines the industry’s primary loudness parameters.”

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“When making mixes for YouTube and other online platforms, we restrict the dynamic range while mixing, which sometimes requires an extra overall boost or attention to make it consistent with the rest of our online deliverables,” says Rodeschini. “LM-Correct can correct these mixes quickly and easily, which is a massive time saver.”

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