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Setting a session for dialogue editing (question about John Purcell book)

I am reading the John Purcell's book, and finding it very useful. I need to set my session at the best way to improve my work. Right now I am editing a dialogue, and I will have to mix, too, a low ...
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Grunts, moans, breathing, etc

What do you guys do about character sounds such as grunts in a fight or breathing, etc. Do you put it in the DX stem or the PX? Is it considered native dialogue to the movie or can it go into ...
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Reaper for Sound to Picture

Hey guys, I'm most experienced using Avid's ProTools and Sony products (Vegas, Forge, & Acid) for sound designing, mixing, and mastering. I'll be in a pickle for the next few months designing 5 ...
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Lavalier Mic For Clean Dialogue In A Noisy Environment - Stanley Kubrick Example Referenced

I would like to be able to record a clean dialogue track in a noisy location such as a coffee shop using lavalier mics. The mics would need to be hidden on the actors, presumably under clothing. The ...
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While editing dialogue, what tool do you use to eliminate clicks within words?

In order to eliminate clicks in words in Pro Tools, and I use either the Pencil Tool or cut out a cycle of the waveform. What would software tool would you recommend?
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Dialogue between 2 or more people

I'm a film editing student and I was wondering whether it is a common practice to always aim the boom microphone back and forth between the two (or more) people when their lines come up, even if a ...
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"13 Ghosts" voice effect

I just want to find out if anyone knows how to create the "ghostly dialogue" in 13 Ghosts. What effects are used and how did they mix it together?
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Making dialogue in a film louder in post production

I am new to this forum so forgive me if this has already been answered! I was wondering if there is any way to make dialogue in a film louder, separating it from background noise without using an ...
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What are correct dialogue loudness levels for mixing across different content types?

So I'm interested in what the correct dialogue loudness levels are for different content types. Assume I am mixing in an environment that is aligned for -20dBFS Pink Noise (single channel) to deliver ...
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What is the best way of cleaning audio tracks for a film?

I am about to start some editing for some films and I wanted to find out what other people's methods are.. The track does not look uniform at all, and it is all recorded outdoors; the dialogue was ...
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Dialogue Editing Workflow

When dialogue editors are working on a feature length movie, how are the tracks laid out for the entire movie? imagine the movie has about 50 completely different scenes on different locations, and ...
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Isolate conversation recorded in noisy cafe

I am a journalist and recorded a conversation in a noisy cafe. Basically I can't hear the conversation and want to know if it is possible to try and improve the conversation. I use Audacity. I've ...
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How to record the audio of one person's reaction to another person's line without overlapping audio?

I was told that it was best to record audio separately for every talent so that it would be easier during audio post if I want to increase the gain for one of the tracks etc. So if I only have a ...
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Where should dialogue be hitting in dbfs?

I've heard/read lots of different things about where dialogue should be hitting in terms of dbfs for a feature film. (I am mixing 5.1 in a small studio, room calibrated to 79. I know film standard on ...
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Matching Dialogue between different takes

Hello. Another newbie questions from me. Been working on a 45 mins film, take place in an apartment. Most of the dialogue's quality turn out fine. (It's a shortfilm about a conversation between 3 ...
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Gibberish phoneme dialog like in Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing has an interesting style (see video here) of creating these meaningless phonemes to simulate conversation. They even have different sounds for different characters, thus giving them ...
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Background Music: When to make it disaapear?

When laying the dialogue over background music, let's say it's a party scene. Are you concern with portraying the reality, by keeping the music throughout the dialogue, Or you faded it out as the ...
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Recording location dialogue

I have been asked to be a sound man on a short independent film. I have only recorded dialogue in a studio before under perfect conditions. All of my field recording has been for SFX or atmospheres, ...
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What is this noise?

Hey all, I'm currently working on a project where some of the dial contains this noise and it's driving me nuts. I've expanded, de-noised and EQ'd, but I can't get rid of it without the quality of ...
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DX Stems - Mono or Stereo?

So I have a post template I work with all the time. Some DX tracks (all mono), some FX tracks (half mono and half stereo) some FO tracks (all mono), and some MX tracks (all stereo). Through ...
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Need help for removing cloth rustle

Recently I'm doing dialogue premix for a feature. Unfortunately the recorded location sound are in poor quality. The boom track is useless, off-axis and reverby. Only the LAV mic track can be used. ...
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sound recorded directly on a DSLR, a lot of problems with dialogue

I am trying to fix some audio problems about sound directly recorded via a preamp on a canon 5d, a sort of auto gain and limiter was inserted so all material raise 0 dbfs, and there are also a lot of ...
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Is my dialogue premix too muddy?

I'm new to dialogue, I'm wondering is my dialoge premix too muddy? It is a film project, would be output to DCP and play back in an normal cinema. The whole film is redubbed, any one can give me some ...
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Proper way to boom dialogue between two people

If operating a boom microphone to record the dialogue of two people in a filmed scene, what is the proper way to operate and point the microphone? Do you memorize the dialogue and aim the microphone ...
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How to deal with extreme level differences in film dialogue

If recording a filmed dialogue scene that has a sound level range between whispering and shouting (or similar high range beyond acceptable limits for the equipment available), what is the right way to ...
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Mess up with Phoenix Reverb

I usually use Altiverb for dialogue premix, recently I bought Phoenix and R2 reverb due to their good reputation. However, I find them difficult to config. They have so many presets but none can ...
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Mandarin Chinese Walla

Does anyone have any Mandarin walla they'd be willing to share or suggestions on where to find it? I'd be into doing a trade for some of my own field recordings. Preferably looking for something very ...
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editing ms dialogue recordings

i will work on a documentary which was recorded via ms (in combination with lavelier mics). is there anything you guys would recommend when editing ms dialogue tracks in protools? how would you ...
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How do you combine boom mic track with lav mic track for best dialog?

I don't where I heard this, but it seems that big guys tend to get best dialog result out of combining boom track and lav together, so I'm just wondering HOW? for instance, do you cut the boom's low ...
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Indoor Mic Conundrum

Hi Guys Going crazy atm trying to decide on which avenue to go down. I'm currently trying to find a decent hypercardioid mic for an indoor dialogue boom situation for at the most £300. So far I've ...
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How to make two different recordings sound the same?

I have two dialogue fragments recorded by the same person, but with a different mic and different proximity and recording quality. One recording sound much closer than the other, and sounds like it ...
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Dialogue cleaning, Tron

Hi guys, I was watching the Tron Legacy sound panel and Ms Whittle(sound supervisor) mentions a specific software or hardware (i think its called nova) that they used to clean up the dialog ...
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How to repair over de-eased dialogue?

I have the following problem. I recorded a dialogue trough my SPL de-esser in a unknown non treated room. On some sibilants the de-esser did too much. The problem is -> I have no budget for another ...
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I need help creating a ringing sound, as heard in this link

As the title suggests, I need help creating a particular sound effect for a film I am working on. An example of the effect I am looking for is at 1:40 in the link below; ...
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Effective way to reduce breathing in ADRs and Voiceovers!

I really love my Voice-over/ADR sound now. I use a TLM 103 amped by a SPL Channel One mk2 Premium (which I use for some 3-6 dB compression, gentle DeEssing, Highcut (50Hz) and Air-band boosting by 2-3 ...
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Synthetic sentence completion

I'm producing a documentary film with several interviews in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 and Adobe Audition CS5.5. In several situations I had to cut before the sentence was completed. Is there any way to ...
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Removing background location music from documentary dialogue

Has anybody had experience of removing location music from documentary dialogue? A filmmaker has approached me to tackle an issue with broadcast rights on the music coming from a stereo in the ...
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-20dBFS What it means for dialogue editing?

Hello my dear friends, I'm struggling with this question of not knowing what to do with the ref tone of -20 dBFS on the OMF file. Does this mean that I have to match all the dialogue tracks to this ...
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Resources for video with only dialogue or a guide track

I'm searching for some media to practice with. Rather than designing sound directly for an entirely quiet trailer for example I want to work with some dialogue and or location recordings to prepare ...
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Simulating a location recording

I'm looking for a way to convincingly manipulate a studio recording to sound like it's on location - for a radio piece. There are two interlocutors, and while their parts are being recorded separately,...
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Volume automation and noise reduction

What is the role of the dialogue editor in volume automation and noise reduction in movie post production? Thanks, Eduardo
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In defense of narration...

Voice over narration gets a bit of a bad rap. I hear detractions all the time. "It's just being used to tie together a poorly written story." "The audience is smart enough to figure it out without ...
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Render Multiple Clips Simultaneously

I used Ableton Live 8 for some dialogue editing for an iPad game and now I'm coming up to the stage where I'll need to render the edits as individual WAVs. The sounds are very short (quick "oohs" and ...
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What to use for un-scripted, un-mic'd, ad-libbed dialogue?

Hi guys, Ok, so I'm working on a short film. Very little dialogue was scripted for the piece, but as the actors got more and more into character they started improvising and adding little side-...
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Recording shouted dialogue

When recording dialogue that involves the actor shouting, how do I avoid distortion without making it sound like it was recorded from across the room?
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Portraying the past with sound.

Hello all! I searched for a question like this and didn't find it here; but if so, please direct me to the link. I am trying to understand why - (maybe as a cliché?) - so many many times when in a ...
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Creating Rock Creature Voice

I'm doing a little voice design and wondering if you folks might have any suggestions for this one. It's creature made of rock, and I want to have some of that embodied in his voice. Already got the ...
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I'm looking for Audio Drama suggestions that have a good mix of music and sound design.

I have the good fortune to write music for a wonderfully produced audio drama that features compelling sound design, great acting with audio that's captured really well on location. Sometimes in post ...
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Tips for mixing dialogue

Can this be a thread for tips on mixing dialogue? Do you EQ the voice a certain way or ever use different sync for different characters? Reverb/delay? Do you have a certain workflow for the dial ...
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how do you manage a dialogue in a car

hi, i apologize for probably stupid question, but how do you manage a dialogue with boom or lavalier in a moving car? how do you get the best result?