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4.4 out of 5 stars

on 20 July 2010
You should be aware when buying this book that it is a guide to the procedures involved in professional dialogue editing, within the larger post production process. As an insight into what the dialogue editor actually does (including a lot of preparation, paperwork and housekeeping, presented in detail), it is very useful; if, on the other hand, you are more interested in the technique of handling location recordings (background noise, changing atmos, overlaps etc) in post production, then this book only contains one or two chapters that are relevant, and very few concrete examples.

For a short book (with a fairly large font), there is quite a bit of repetition between chapters and a lot of filler (too many pages, for example, about different workflows for PAL and NTSC productions). It's therefore not the best value among Focal Press publications, but I don't know of another book that covers the same subject matter so is there an alternative?
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on 26 April 2008
More practical and less philosophical than "The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound" by David Lewis Yewdall - which I heartily recommend - this book takes you step-by-step through each stage of dialogue editing. The examples are based on Pro Tools sound editor and Avid - but the author emphasises this is merely for the sake of expediency - the principles still apply to Adobe Audition and Final Cut Pro. This book gives me all the techniques I need to work at a professional level. If you need to buy Pro Tools (the software won't run unless you have the associated hardware) then buy the "MBox 2 Micro" or the "Mbox 2 Mini" - both cost less than Adobe Audition (which I also use).
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on 27 July 2007
Clearly phrased, easy to read, concise and extremely useful, this book is a step by step guide to every pop, crackle and roll of the core part of sound editing - making the dialogue heard. It also has a great overview of the context - how to transfer production sound from the picture editing room, what you'll need from production as well, favoured/time saving procedures and the required contacts in other departments of production (a crucial though rarely covered issue).
The basic feel is somewhere between a 'how to' guide and a master-class. The book covers a lot more than which plug-in gives you what or how to use your mouse. Anyone with a few basic concepts in editing would probably be able to give it a go him/herself, or at least have a very good clue on what should be done in order to get the job done, and done well.
It's also packed with illustrative materials of most dialog boxes and written materials you should run into while working.
I'd recommend it to editors (both picture and sound) and post production facilities (in case a producer might wander in and wonder what's the big deal with dialogue).
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on 27 September 2016
Fantastic book, incredibly helpful! I only wish there was was a "Mixing for Motion Pictures" there is a lot of information out there about mixing for music, but next to nothing on mixing movies! This book is perfect in that sense, everything is relevant, and it has improved my dialogue edits humongously!
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on 21 July 2008
Absolutely brilliant.
This book is packed with insider tips, clearly drawn from years of experience. In my mind it is an essential read for everyone involved in sound post, and recommended for others to gain an understanding of the pressures and challenges facing the dialogue editor. Written in straightforward, often witty prose, it is very readable while maintaining the necessary level of technical content.
I really can't recommend it enough.
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on 3 February 2011
Really good in depth explanation of the whole process of editing dialogue.
You need some previous knowledge of the tools the author uses (ie protools) to understand everything.
The book is full of practical examples. It did help me get better dialogue out of my videos.

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