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Delivering Dolby 5.1 with X2Pro Audio Convert

Swedish DoP, Ola Högberg, uses X2Pro for fast export of a surround sound mix

Ola Högberg is a director of photography based in Sweden, who’s filmed in many locations around the world. His recent project, Dedication, is a short film with no text or dialogue, featuring a young CrossFit athlete, who divides her time between her quiet home in the countryside and the local gym. The film was a finalist in the ‘ARRI Unspoken Nordic Challenge" short film competition, held by Camera+Nordic and ARRI. The project needed to be delivered for the film competition in surround sound and Ola turned to Marquis Broadcast’s X2Pro Convert software to help him achieve this.

With a love of all things technical, Ola is very familiar with camera brands and editing systems, using Apple Final Cut Pro X for most of his own editing on a MacBook Pro, plus grading using Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve with an EIZO calibrated monitor.

“In this project, I was supposed to deliver a Dolby 5.1 sound mix, so I turned to a sound technician for help,” Ola explained. “I wanted to do a rough sound mix to start myself but could not see an easy way to export the project to him, until X2Pro showed up! Even though Dedication was a small project, X2Pro just made the process so simple!”

Ola started his career as a stills photographer and still works on editorial and commercial assignments for this. For his filmmaking, Ola mainly edits using FCP X, with the RX 8 plug-in from iZotope used for cleaning up audio.

“Now, with X2Pro, I can export my own sound mix with no problem, including roles,” he continues, “Once exported, it opens up perfectly in Avid Pro Tools for a sound engineer to do further work. I really like that X2Pro has a simple, straightforward interface too. One of my next projects is a 360 VR project involving dancers, and I plan to use X2Pro on this again. It’s such a time-saver!”

 

“With X2Pro, I can export my own sound mix with no problem, including roles. Once exported, it opens up perfectly in Avid Pro Tools... it’s such a time-saver!”

 

Ola’s short film, ‘Dedication’, can be viewed at www.ola.se/motion. It was filmed with the ARRI ALEXA Mini LF, with ARRI Signature Primes, plus Marquis Broadcast X2Pro for exporting the project.

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You can read more about Ola Högberg via his website at www.ola.se.

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