Top critical review
Good on procedures; less so on techniques.
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?