Dialog Editing Part 8: Other responsibilities for the dialog editor

While you’re editing, there’s a few things to look out for: Shifts in Ambience The ambience is the background sound of production dialog. What you need to listen for is: Shifts in ambience when switching between mics Background noises that come and go unnaturally (like an airplane noise or lawnmower …

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Dialog Editing Part 9: Frankenbites

A frankenbite is a slang term used typically in reality television. It’s when a picture editor assembles together dialog from multiple sources or interviews to make someone say something they didn’t actually say. While that sounds bad (or potentially unethical), you have to consider that sometimes picture editors have hundreds …

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Dialog Editing Part 7: Dialog organization for different projects

Dialog organization There’s a lot of different ways to organize dialog and the style can change depending on a few factors (like the genre of the project or the mixer you’re editing for). Here’s a general overview. Documentary/Reality tv When working on reality tv shows (or documentary), it helps to …

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Dialog Editing Part 6: Dialog Editing Basics

The dialog editor is responsible for going through all of the dialog tracks for the following: Organizing files on audio tracks Sorting through tracks and removing regions so only usable or preferred/best mics are remaining. Once the appropriate mics are in place: adjusting fade ins, fade outs, cross fades, and …

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Dialog Editing Part 2: The Elements of Dialog and Voiceover

Post-production sound can be split into 5 categories: Voice-over, Dialog, Sound FX, Foley, Music. Voiceover Voiceover, or VO, is audio that is typically recorded in the studio. In a show (or film), it’s the featured voice that is explaining something to the viewer but you don’t see on screen. A …

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Dialog Editing Part 3: The challenges of dialog editing & mixing

Working with vocals (for music) is similar to working with voiceover. Both are recorded in a recording studio with a stationary mic appropriately placed for the best sound quality. There’s not a lot of background noise or bleed of other sounds and if there is, the engineer can usually do …

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Dialog Editing Part 1: Why Learn Dialog Editing?

If you’re interested in post-production sound, dialog editing is an area that isn’t as competitive as other jobs (like sound designer or re-recording mixer) in part because it leans more on technical chops than being creative. But, 99% of projects needs a dialog editor. The skills you learn as a …

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