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Dialog Editing For Film & TV

Pro Tools 303

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Avid’s Pro Tools is the premiere DAW for editing dialog for TV and Film. Learn the Pro Tools audio editor's workflow in this advanced, 4-hour course by post-production expert, Roy Vargas.

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1 Session Layout: Anatomy of a Post-Production Project 03:02
20 The Screening and Spotting Session 07:21
38 Recording ADR Lines 06:42

Course Outline

  1. Section 1: Anatomy of a Post Production Session

    1. 01 Session Layout: Anatomy of a Post-Production Project
      03:02
    2. 02 The Video Track
      05:46
    3. 03 The Guide Track
      03:34
    4. 04 Production Tracks
      04:42
    5. 05 Supported Session Formats
      04:23
    6. 06 Session Folder Hierarchy and Storage
      02:26
  2. Section 2: Setting Up

    1. 07 Before Starting a Project
      04:02
    2. 08 A Brief Word About Timecode
      03:48
    3. 09 What Are Reference Tones?
      04:40
    4. 10 Reference Tones - Generating
      05:26
    5. 11 Sync Pops
      02:53
    6. 12 Mix Templates
      01:53
    7. 13 Setting Up a Template for Dialog Editing Reference Tones
      03:47
    8. 14 Setting Up a Template for Dialog Editing Sync Pops
      06:21
    9. 15 Setting Up a Template for Other Tracks and Building Your Library
      02:37
    10. 16 Checking Sync
      09:07
    11. 17 Splitting Reels
      04:52
    12. 18 Safety, Safety, Safety
      04:06
    13. 19 More About Splitting Reels
      05:48
    14. 20 The Screening and Spotting Session
      07:21
    15. 21 Creating Scene Boundaries
      02:49
    16. 22 Setting Up Your Workspace
      06:41
    17. 23 Splitting Tracks... The Art of Checker Boarding
      05:57
    18. 24 Multi-Track Field Recorders and Metadata
      05:22
  3. Section 3: Time to Edit Dialog

    1. 25 Balancing the Scene
      07:27
    2. 26 Fades and Crossfades
      08:53
    3. 27 Room Tone: A Necessary Evil
      11:47
    4. 28 Removing Artifacts
      06:37
    5. 29 Removing Even More Artifacts
      06:05
    6. 30 Putting Words Together
      04:23
  4. Section 4: Cleaning the Dialog

    1. 31 What is Broadband Noise
      02:52
    2. 32 Frequency Analyzers and the Spectrogram
      04:20
    3. 33 Noise Removal Tools and Tips: EQ & Filters
      05:55
    4. 34 Noise Removal Tools and Tips: Specialized
      07:56
  5. Section 5: Fixing Damaged Dialog

    1. 35 Repairing Distortion
      02:53
    2. 36 Spectral Repair
      08:26
    3. 37 When All Else Fails: AlternateTtakes
      08:33
  6. Section 6: ADR

    1. 38 Recording ADR Lines
      06:42
    2. 39 Comping ADR Takes
      05:06
    3. 40 Elastic Dialog
      06:08
    4. 41 Importing ADR into a Session
      05:21
  7. Section 7: Non-Sync Dialog

    1. 42 Narration and Other Talking Heads
      02:18
    2. 43 Tempo and Pacing
      04:06
    3. 44 Tempo, Pacing and Cadence
      03:10
  8. Section 8: Wrapping Up

    1. 45 Gain Matching
      03:43
    2. 46 To Pre Mix or Not To Pre Mix
      05:16
    3. 47 Stems
      01:40
    4. 48 Consolidating the Session
      02:21

Course Overview

Roy Vargas

Roy Vargas

Editing dialog to picture is complex. There’s a lot of interactivity, when audio and video sync in post-production, that makes it essential for you to master all the concepts and tools. That’s why we called upon experienced Pro Tools expert Roy Vargas to break down the process and show you everything you need to know as a professional dialog editor.

The course starts with a collection of tutorials that breakdown the anatomy of a post-production session. Roy explains the various kinds of sessions, tracks, file formats and organizational hierarchies that Pro Tools operators must know. Next, he shows you, from experience and by example, how a Pro Tools operator constructs and sets up a dialog-to-picture editing session. Then Roy dives into timecode, reference tones, sync pops, reel splitting and much more to assure that your session is built on solid ground.

From there you explore the tools and techniques he uses to edit, crossfade, clean, sync, time-stretch and fix any kind of audio situation you might come across in post-production. By the time you finish this 48-tutorial course, you will "own" all the tools, techniques and, most importantly, the confidence to run your own Pro Tools post-production dialog editing sessions!

This course was produced in a previous version of Pro Tools. All of the content is relevant for the current version.

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