Minimizing Plosives and ‘S’ Pops

April 13, 2011



“We’ll just fix it in post!” Oh, those dreaded words! Every editor knows there’s only so much magic that can happen during post-production. Editing can soothe a lot of problems, but it’s never better than doing it right in the first place. Sometimes, despite efforts to get footage right during production, problems still go unnoticed.

One problem that generally goes unnoticed is with audio plosives and ‘S’ pops. A plosive occurs when a person pronounces their Ps with extra gusto, allowing more air hit the mic, thus resulting in a ‘popping’ noise. An ‘S’ Pop is essentially the same, but is a result of words containing the letter S, causing sentences to sound similar to seven snakes hissing.

Fortunately, there is an easy “fix,” or rather, band-aid approach that can help soothe the pronounced pops that occur. Within many editing applications there are audio filters to help soothe plosives and ‘S’ pops. A Depopper filter will help minimize the pop of plosives, whereas a DeEsser filter will help minimize the hiss of an over pronounced S.

These filters are easy to use. Just select your problematic clip and apply the filter. However, despite the fact that they’re easy to use and do a pretty good job, there is no substitute for capturing great audio from the start.

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Minimizing Plosives and 'S' Pops

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