how they mix the audio for home release movies

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this is a video about how they mix the audio for home movies.
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  • if you or a loved one has been affected by loud movie volume follow me on twitter @Gusbuckets

    • Freakish on Hulu has traumatized me. I fear day to day conversations due to BASS

    • This shit's Hillarious Clintus you should make a ISchats channel and shit

    • I actually thought that you exaggerated a little. But that's just my opinion.

    • Bruh, this is REAL LIFE. I’m sick of that shit on Netflix 🤣🤣

    • We want a .flac download for that twitty Conway album

  • this is how they mixed tenet

  • I can’t be the only one who thought of Tenet. That gun sounds were so loud in the movie theatre I genuinely thought my ears would start bleeding

  • Bro he said "ive finished editing the movie and it cut to the end and it was so hilarious then i realised my phumb slimped

  • "well we think the killer is-.." JACKET RUSTLES LOUDLY

  • This is SOOOO true. Wearing out the volume buttons on the remote!!!

  • Nah this is Christopher Nolan in theaters

  • Wait these movies have dialogue?

  • That other guy looks and sounds almost exactly like daniel thrasher.

  • Google VLC settings for some respite

  • Me: watches a movie and cant hear what characters are saying And then I turn volume up Me: Is still deaf And then suddenly dramatic music starts playing in a loud.. umm.... .Music ! Like: BABABAABABABABABABAB!!!

  • To be fair tho as much as the talking is quiet, just remind yourself of how truly loud an explosion is.

  • There has never been something more true put on the internet. Please also make a video about how I keep accidentally hitting the Nitro Sense key on my laptop, and I am not sure of why it is there. Then I will be fully aware that you are living in my bathroom. Thank you.

  • Tenet.

  • Fortunately, my soundbar has night mode and voice boost.

  • tenet be like


  • Put netflix from 5.1 original audio to Stereo for your tiny TV speakers. Use 5.1 for a hifi audio system where you can adjust center speaker (dialoge) for your liking. Problem solved.

  • the editors of tenet lol

  • Now that's a video.

  • Tenet just decided to do it for the theater release too

  • How tenet was mixed

  • Dark Knight Rises is the worst w this

  • i was literally just telling my wife that whoever did the audio mixing for LOTR needs fired

  • What’s a VCR?

  • Yup

  • This guy is Christopher Nolans right-hand man.

  • I love how before the video I got an ad that was the perfect example of this.

  • Apt

  • Nolan mixing the sound for Tenet

  • To be fair I think they just don't mix it for home release. I think the high music and low dialog works for theaters since everything is loud. And then they just don't even bother to re mix it.

  • the older i get the more annoyed i am by horrible sound mixing. u have to adjust ur volume at least 3 times a movie

  • So fucking true

  • It's funny 'cause it's true.

  • i thought it was just my shitty speakers

  • Using the TV speakers has worked for everything forever, but mixers refuse to believe someone can have a blu-ray player without having surround sound.

  • It's funny cause it's true.

  • No

  • Very relevant for theatre release of TENET

  • lol trooth. Try renting The Winter Soldier from Google Video and watching it on a setup without 5.1 surround sound. I was literally adjusting the volume the entire movie.

  • Tenet made sure to do this for the theatrical release too

  • on bluray dvds the audio is dog

  • Tenet in most theatres.

    • I just streamed Tenet and I thought something was wrong with my audio it was so bad, like center dialog channel wasn't mixing properly or something. Nope, that's just how they mixed it...had to turn on subtitles.

  • HAA, GOt 'EM

  • My Grandpa trying to hear the Dialogue Volume: 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

  • Yep.

  • What irritates me more are the ads, I don't want to see ads if I buy a DVD or BLU-Ray! Another good reason to download illegally.

  • Me trying to watch Altered Carbon

  • I hate how freaking true this is

  • This is TENET in a nutshell

  • But, but, whatabout _compression_ ? ;-)

  • I got one of those apple vertical cinema ads and thought it was the video

  • Commercials!

  • It’s amazing Gus found previously unseen behind the scene footage for every Christopher Nolan film.

  • They also used this technique on Breaking Bad

  • The fact that the Music AND the FX Explosions are on the same Level, really grinds my gears :')

  • It's so true WHYYYYY

  • *chef's kiss*

  • This is why subtitles are essential

  • Even if you changed the title to "how they mixed the audio in Sonic Adventure 2" it'll still be accurate!

  • i wanna see a movies form this guy

  • Evangelicals pretty consistently harm this country, so no thanks to the little advertisement in this video.

  • This was Tenet.

  • Wait until people find out there is a compressor feature in vlc media player to deal with this issue.

  • I know right!

  • Proving once again: it’s not what you say, but how you say it

  • I miss that flat 90s sound.

  • *Suddenly a fight scene is trying to burst through my monitor*

  • Watching all the Marvel movies, is literally this. With dialogue the volume has to be turned to max and when a battle starts it has to be turned way tf down. I feel like Netflix or something is planning on making their own line of TV remotes so everyone buys them after everyone's volume control buttons break.

  • Pretty sure there are normalization settings on your TV if you don't want a dynamic experience at night.

  • 2000s documentaries be like:

  • Can someone subtitle this for me? I couldn't hear it

  • Ohh I hate that! Every movie

  • Watching Endgame with my dad right now and every ten seconds he has to lower the volume from 40 to 20 whenever things get explosive

  • TIL Gus Johnson did the mixing for Interstellar too!

  • I was just talking about this today when watching a movie 😯

  • Movie: *is having a dialogue scene* Me: *turns up the volume so I can hear* Movie: ya like explosions?

  • This is what happens with so many youtubers, especially those horror games/movies reacters, most of them just scream like idiots.

  • **cries in Harry Potter Blu-Ray release**

  • and that's why we put on subtitles lads

  • The German Dub is always the other way around 😂

  • Sven is doing some really important work at the beginning here.

  • So true hahahaha


  • I think this is the most truthful thing I have ever seen

  • accurate

  • I wish I could like this video more than once.

  • Thank you! So it's not just in my head!

  • Yep

  • It’s like it seems so balanced at the movie theater but then I try to watch the movie at home and my parents are constantly making me turn the volume up every time people start talking but then oh my God it’s fucking horribly louder than the actual shuttle launch at NASA when the action starts in the movie like do they know the word balance the fucking audio

  • I accidentally increased the volume and kept wondering why everything is so loud

  • Also, they mix the movie about 30 times quiter than Video Games, so you turn the audio up to watch the movie, then once you're done you exit to the PlayStation menu and it makes you go deaf immediately.

  • So much truth in a 47 second video. Wtf already Hollywood?

  • I can't watch Hulu in my mom's basement because of this

  • A-freaking-men gus!!!

  • THANK YOU! I have been saying this for years!

  • and people wonder why I have subtitles on

  • YEP.

  • creative use of powerdrill, never seen one with a light on it tho

  • That's why I leave my TV on night mode in the audio settings. The "dialogue" or "news" settings usually sound decent too. Hope this actually helps someone, my gf showed me that and it made a world of difference.