Hospital Dialogue

Prepare a Sequence.  Start this and every editing session by duplicating your most recent timeline sequence.  Rename with the proper sequence nomenclature as shown:

Switch to the Audio Workspace, thus arranging Adobe tools and windows for ease of editing and mixing sound.

Split Tracks.  Put each character’s dialogue in a separate track.  Rename the tracks “Janet,” “Bob,” and “MD.”

Apply Essential Audio Effects.  Select the timeline’s first dialogue clip.  Choose the Dialogue tag in the Essential Audio panel.  Adobe’s “Clean Up Noisy Dialogue” preset will analyze, adjust the loudness of, and apply filters to the clip’s waveform.  Repeat with each of clip of dialogue in the timeline.

Adjust dialogue levels in the timeline, adding keyframes as necessary.  Do not trust your ears to tell you what “sounds good.”  Instead, target an average dialogue level of -12dB on the audio meter.

Handles and crossfades at the beginning and end of each dialogue clip will mask abrupt level changes in background noise.

Add an audio track.  Rename it “RT,” a common industry abbreviation for “Room Tone.”  Steal room tone from various takes of the footage to cover any gaps in the dialogue.

Add an Audio Submix track to the timeline.  Rename it “DX,” a common industry abbreviation for “dialogue.”  Assign the Janet, Bob, and MD tracks to the DX Submix track.

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