Quick little question. Doing some Dial editing and in some scenes the production sound guy recorded things way too low. The 12db of gain I get from the trim plugin in PT just is not enough. Do you all drop that plugin 2x to get extra gain or use a different plugin like eq to grab some more gain out of it?
If the dailies across the board are like that, yes, I'll drop trims on all the tracks as necessary to get them to a -18 to -12 level (so as to leave my volume automation at unity). It's a sort of "re-calibration" of the dialogue track of sorts so the faders aren't having to sit way up at +12.
Although I would be very suspicious of those dailies if they require greater than +12 amplification, especially if what you you're using is the OMF and you accidentally printed the clip automation or something of that nature. I've had to raise the OMF levels globally by about 6-8 dB sometimes (usually though I'm having to lower it by 6-8 dB), but greater than 12 seems very insane at first glance.
If you don't want to use two insert slots for the Trims, you can use the Time Adjuster Short plugin. It has +24dB of gain on it. The only minor drawback is that it shifts everything by 4 samples.
Normalize the files and then reduce the gain.
Tried to reply directly to @Stavrosound, but could not find a way to do it. Will not normalizing it just gain it so that the highest peak will be ~0 dB?