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Ambient Sound

Ambient sound (AKA ambient audio, ambience, atmosphere, atmos or background noise) means the background sounds which are present in a scene or location. Common ambient sounds include wind, water, birds, crowds, office noises, traffic, etc.

Ambient sound is very important in video and film work. It performs a number of functions including:

There are several types of ambient sound used in film production. Their exact names and meanings may vary but these are some common definitions:

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