what is the right level to normalize dialogue, it is a short movie very low budget, the target is some indy film festival, somebdoy just told me to stay with dynamic range between -18 and -6db, but what about the -27 i read often here about dialogue? seems really to be so low.

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"with dynamic between -18 and -6" doesn't mean anything. Dynamic what? Dynamic range?

Maybe your peaks would hit between -18 and -6, but an RMS or LeqA (which is what -27 is referring to) should not be getting anywhere near that. If you think that sounds too quiet, then it's likely you need to properly calibrate your system: http://www.dynamicinterference.com/blog/2010/09/quick-and-dirty-monitor-calibration/

  • I'm guessing what may have been the confusion is that they read that dialnorm is supposed to peg the meters at -27, and 'dialnorm' was misunderstood to mean 'dialogue (peak) normalization', when of course that's not the case. Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 8:30

right after the video editing, when i import audio project in daw and start to work on dialogue, what the dynamic range to care about dialogue? I am not relating mixing but dialogue editing.

  • Shaun's answer is correct for both editorial and mix. It should be a 'relatively' 1:1 process through editorial and mix (in that the levels are appropriately chosen). Almost always as an OMF or AAF required a global re-balance to the general level Shaun stated before I even dig in and edit. it's all about proper evaluation of the dialogue - without properly calibrating it, one can't properly evaluate it. Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 8:33

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