"I found a useful sound effect in an online video from NASA
which replaces an earlier temporary sound I used in a scene
soundtrack for the Lunatics pilot, "No Children in Space." I'm
going to extract the sound from the video (with VLC), cut out the
sound I need, clean it up, and insert it into an existing sound mix
(all with Audacity). This should give you some insight into using
Audacity and a VLC on a real project.
"I needed the sound of a particular type of hatch (namely the
docking hatch used by Soyuz at the International Space Station)
being opened. I originally had only my best guess at what this
would sound like, and I conjured something up by mixing sounds from
an ordinary house door, a washing-machine door, and a hissing steam
sound to create something artificially. I didn't think I'd be able
to find the real sound, but then — there it was.
"In doing the research for this part of the film, I came across
a NASA video which included the actual hatch being opened. It's
almost hard to tell — the hatch doesn't make a very loud
sound (it's quieter than my fake version was). There's a lot of
other sounds going on in that scene (people talking, a commentator,
other movement noises), but by a stroke of good luck, the hatch
sound itself is well-isolated for the fraction of a second that it
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