part of filmmaking, video production and photography process

Post-production is part of filmmaking, video production and photography processes. It is a major part in the making of movies, television programs, radio programs, advertising, audio recordings, photography, and digital art. It is a term for all stages of production occurring after the actual end of filming. Along with pre-production and production, it is one of the three phases of creating a movie or program.[1]

High end linear editing suite, 1999



Typically, the post-production phase of creating a movie or program takes longer than the actual shooting.[2] It can take several months to complete because it is many different processes grouped under one name.[2] These typically include:

In the post-production of music, one of the things done is comping. It is short for combining the best parts of multiple takes into a full single take,[4][5] timing and pitch correction, and adding effects. This process is mostly called mixing. It can also involve equalization and adjusting the levels of each individual track to provide the perfect sound experience.[6] Opposite to the name, post-production may take place at any point during the recording and production process.[6]



  1. Elliot Grove (30 March 2014). "The 13 Steps of Post-Production". Raindance. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Declan McGrath, Editing & Post-production (Boston: Focal Press, 2001), p. 7
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Post-Production". Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  4. "What is "Comping"? | Sweetwater". 27 January 2016.
  5. "Crafty Comping".
  6. 6.0 6.1 Hodgson, Jay Understanding Records, p.231. ISBN 978-1-4411-5607-5.

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