Saurabh Parashar , Associate Producer , Homeshop18 , Network18

There is a huge new world of post-production emerging and evolving. The biggest change in the last decade is a shift from celluloid to digital.

There are three stages to filmmaking: pre-production, production, and post-production. Post-production is the part of the process that intimidates people most. Post-production, the two-letter word contains a whole new world of visions. The world which gives us the power to think beyond our limits, allows me to highlight few of its elements like 2-pop, audio editing, cinematic techniques, color suite, direct-to-disk recording, DTE (direct-to-edit), dubbing (filmmaking), film editing, film score, linear video editing, list of film-related topics, negative cutting, nondestructive editing, nonlinear editing system, offline editing, outline of film, sound effect, special effect, stock footage, tapeless camcorder, video editing, video-editing software.

These elements play a vital role in giving attractive visuals to our viewers which keep them involved. In simple words, any visual which is accepted by our senses is considered as a good post-production work. But as we all know the world is changing and it is changing really fast. In this changing world, the challenge for this industry is to every time offer something new to its viewers. More than 600 television channels, 100 million pay-TV households, 70,000 newspapers, and 1000 films are produced annually, and to achieve the mentioned challenge, this industry has to upgrade itself, not just in terms of visions but also the software and the technology. Innovations and equipment upgrades are always around the corner.

The Future is Just About Growth

There is a huge new world of post-production emerging and evolving. The biggest change in the last decade is a shift from celluloid to digital. This transition has opened a lot of new opportunities as far as post-production and visual effects are concerned. It has made things easier and faster. This shift has certainly given a boost to creativity, for both visuals and sound. Technicians and the audience are more knowledgeable. They are constantly reading about technological advancements. There is more awareness about how visual effects are much more than just the look and feel and how it
can support the drama and overall narrative.

People have realized the strengths of technology. Earlier visual effects were just used as an enhancement but now they are a necessity. Make up and set fixes are an equal part of post-production, so people must budget for that as well. Planning well saves a lot of last-moment hassle. Spending the right amount of time and money in pre-production can also save a lot of problems. But even if that is not done, post-production ensures that the game is still on.

In the end I just want to add few things. Any industry needs two most essential tools to grow: technology and techniques. Technology can be learnt but techniques come from within. No matter what type of video you are creating, the basic steps will remain the same. Video quality must be high, the sound quality must be clear, and video and audio must be synced correctly. Special effects and also mood- and scene-related sound, added with proper timing will enhance the video's chance for success. Post-production may sound like it is just a simple task of putting the final touches to your masterpiece, but in reality, it is the stage that can make or break your masterpiece.