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Chapter 9. Audio and Synchronization

9. Audio and Synchronization

A show’s audio is more important than most think. An obvious audio problem is more destructive than an obvious visual problem. As humans, we naturally hear continuous sound because there are few things that can interrupt our hearing in our natural environment. In contrast, when you hear something obviously different, your instinctive reaction is fast and furious. Imagine your reaction when you suddenly hear a bug flying right next to your ear.

We react to visuals differently than sound and are naturally tolerant of visual imperfections. We constantly change what we look at as we scan what we see. We regularly blink our eyes to keep them from drying out. Passing objects temporarily get in our way. Other objects move in our peripheral vision, and we naturally ignore these distractions. It makes sense that audio is more important than visuals once you think about how much visual stimulus we ignore.


  

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