August 14, 2015 at 7:17AM

You voted '+1'.

Quick post-production workflow for Zoom H5 recorded dialogs?

I have the material of a short I shot while ago, and I don't know how to edit the sound. I wonder if there's a "common base" for post-production when it comes to simple dialogs recorded with a Zoom H5 in a closed room with no external noise. I know there such a thing for podcasts or youtube videos (plenty of tutorials and even presets on Premiere). What about that situation in a short movie? I don't think I should use the same presets, they don't sound too natural. Thanks


At the start I handle all audio the same way, and I always keep a raw unprocessed copy of all audio as a back-up...

1- EQ my audio to compensate for any shortcoming of the audio gear and environment where the audio was recorded. ( i.e. some mics have a poor lower frequency range, some mics have a poor upper frequency range, eliminate any frequencies below 80 Hz, etc... )

2- Use small amounts of compression if necessary. ( i.e. sometimes dialog can go from too soft to too loud and then back to too soft, so I may want to compress the volume range )

3- De-Ess the dialog if necessary.

4- Manually adjust the volume to match your audio target. ( for me I start with -6 dB as my audio peak for "normal" dialog )

5- Use a little bit of noise-reduction if necessary. Be careful as NR requires a VERY light touch to not destroy the audio quality of your recordings. NEVER use any kind of "auto" noise-reduction as most of the time it will produce garbage. I use Sony Sound Forge to build NR filters that match the noise I want to remove, and then I apply each filter lightly. ( i.e. no more than 6 dB volume reduction at a time ) In most cases you can only apply a maximum of about 12 - 18 dB of total volume reduction before the audio starts to sound like crap.

6- Sync the audio to the video image. Lots of different ways of doing this. ( i.e. Plural Eyes software, manually syncing the slate image with the audio peak, etc... )

7- Export audio to match each video clip. I normally export as 48 kHz 24-bit WAV files.

From this point on it depends on what you are creating. If it's a corporate talking head video, then your audio is ready to be edited along with the matching video files. If it's for digital cine project, then you might have a sound designer take over once you have picture-lock of your main video edit.

August 15, 2015 at 1:11PM, Edited August 15, 1:11PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

That is very informative, thanks a lot!

David R. Falzarano

August 16, 2015 at 4:23AM

This is great! You should check out this podcast: Post Production Workflow: Understand it or DIE!

October 13, 2015 at 8:43AM, Edited October 13, 8:44AM

Alex Ferrari
Director / Producer

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