Dialogue Editor

Balance, equalize, or re-record dialogue for films or TV.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$26,000 – $112,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Dialogue Editors do?

A Dialogue Editor collates, edits, and synchronizes recorded dialogue for a film or television show. As Dialogue Editor, you are a specialized worker and fall into the broader category of Sound Editors.

In this position, Dialogue Editors take the audio tracks recorded on set, and clean them up with their audio equipment. This means you balance and equalize the sounds to make each word as clear and crisp as desired.

If the on-set recording was poorly done, however, the dialogue can be obscured by background noises to a degree that makes the tracks unusable. When this happens you re-record the tracks by bringing the Actors to the studio and having them speak their lines while watching their performance. While this is extra work, you do get to rub shoulders with the big stars when it happens.

On bigger film projects the position of re-recording these tracks is a separate job referred to as an ADR Mixer, or Automated Dialogue Recording Mixer (a title drawn from the equipment you use). However in most film projects the two positions are viewed as one and the same.

Should I be a Dialogue Editor?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: ADR Editor, Audio Dialogue Recording Editor

    How to become a Dialogue Editor

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