Hi all!

First of all, a BIG thanks to everyone at this forum, I've been learning a lot from you lately.

Here is a tiny question regarding ambiences and people talking. Do you see to it that it is not heard what people say in a recording of for example a street or do you just leave it in when editing?

I'm not speaking in a legal sense since that is not really a problem where I come from but more of what would take you out of the moment watching the movie. Maybe a kid walking by whining at his dad to get ice cream witch might be fine in one scene but weird in winter for example. Take it out, leave it in?



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Take discernable dialogue out (especially where they don't have a motivated contextual purpose), or mangle it so the words of the callout aren't intelligable. Ensures there's no distraction and that the BGz are fully M&E compatible.

  • That makes absolute perfect sense. I just think it adds something that would be very time-consuming to add later. Although this would call for a very extensive library... Yea, all go with your method. Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 16:15

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