While video is a medium that relies on visual content primarily, the sound is complementary to the picture and at least as equally important.
This especially holds true for dialogues, where clarity of the sound is critical to understanding of the video.
Processing the original sound recording is where you can improve the quality, reduce the noise and correct imperfections.
Final mix is now made easier by very powerful audio processing software packages, where you can follow different steps and in order of your choosing, until you get that perfect video sound.
- The overhead shotgun/boom mic tends to breathe more, but also picks up ambient noise.
- After noise reduction and gain correction are complete, export the track to create a new copy.
- A de-esser and a plosive remover are used to correct issues with “s” and “p” sounds.
“The first stage of any dialogue processing chain or workflow is noise reduction and gain correction.”