Dialog/Voiceover editing advice for someone new to post editing?
Hi everybody. I tried searching for answers before posting, but could not find exactly what I was looking for. Hoping you all can provide some insight.
I recently began getting some dialog/voiceover editing jobs from a film studio in LA, primarily working on custom internet-based commercials and mini-films. No ADR, just post-editing of dialog/VO tracks (lav and boom) they send me in OMF format: mostly for levels, balance, compression, eq, noise removal, fades, etc.
This is a bit of a new world to me, as I've primarily done tracking/mixing/mastering for bands and singer-songwriters, and have not done film/commercial work before (and I was upfront with them about this lack of experience, but they wanted to give me a chance anyway to see what I could come up with because they were in a time crunch on some projects).
So far they've been really pleased with my results and have offered further work. Because of this, I wanted to ask some more experienced folks here if they had any advice specifically regarding dialog/voiceover level balancing, creating smooth flow between drastically different sounding dialog takes, or just general dialog editing tips. Are there any "must-have" specialty software for this type of work you enjoy using?
I'm using Cubase 6. I find RX software works like a champ most of the time for noise removal, though can often change the timbre of the dialog once noise-edited. Voxengo Voxformer seems to be a very useful plug for vocal compression and eq for these types of dialog narrations so far. Once I'm all finished in the plugin domain, I do final processing on my mastering outboard chain (API 5500 and a pair of Trakkers).
Any insight or advice on workflow tips, or other useful plugins or tools for editing dialog/voiceover narration would be much appreciated.