Behind-the-Scenes: Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR)

A behind-the-scenes look at the automated dialogue replacement process that we went through for the upcoming vlog! The vlog will be posted shortly as well. Stay tuned!

Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR) is a process to recover from bad audio recordings. You might have good footage, but the room you recorded in was too noisy and you can’t make out what is being said. ADR fixes this problem by completely replacing the audio with a clean copy.

There are two types of ADR. The one you choose will depend on your workflow and what your end goal is. In the first type of ADR, the talent watches a looping section of footage where the audio needs to be replaced. Usually they are given a buffer at the beginning so that they have time to get ready to record a new take. The buffer may include a series of beeps or some other audible warning. They then recite their lines in sync with the video. During this process, they cannot hear the original audio. This is useful if you want to get a different performance. It’s also useful if the mimicked nature of the second ADR method is too obvious.

In the second type of ADR, you setup a looping section like in the first type. But, this time the talent can hear the original audio. Their goal is to repeat the lines over and over again. They get to the point where they aren’t consciously speaking individual words. This is usually much easier to sync with the footage, but can sound mono-tone.

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