Course Title: Edit dialogue

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: COMM7345C

Course Title: Edit dialogue

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5378 - Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

Course Contact: Tok Norris

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform advanced sound editing. This involves assessing the quality of original recorded sound against production requirements, determining the scope of the sound-editing project, preparing source materials for sound editing, editing sound in line with production requirements, and applying sound effects to enhance the final product. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Please note that course delivery will be broken into two parts; theory and practical.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU408 Edit dialogue


1. Clarify project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Consult with relevant people to confirm editing requirements with reference to production documentation 1.2 Assess quality of recorded dialogue and sound sources against creative and technical production requirements 1.3 Liaise with relevant people to identify which dialogue and sound sources meet production requirements, and those that do not 1.4 Determine creative and technical adjustments required to dialogue and sound sources to meet production requirements 1.5 Establish and confirm timeline for completing the dialogue and sound editing process to meet production requirements 1.6 Anticipate problems that may arise during editing, and plan accordingly


2. Prepare to edit dialogue

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check sound editing software and equipment is operational and appropriate for the production requirements 2.2 Resolve technical faults and problems according to workplace procedures 2.3 Undertake all activities according to work health and safety (WHS) procedures 2.4 Confirm that required files are accessible to all relevant people 2.5 Prepare sufficient work copies of original dialogue and sound sources to meet production requirements 2.6 Complete documentation according to production requirements and enterprise procedures


3. Clean up dialogue

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Advise relevant people on automated dialogue replacement requirements 3.2 Strip synchronous sound effects from dialogue as required 3.3 Clean up synchronous sounds, and confirm all dialogue and sound edits fit together smoothly 3.4 Find alternative dialogue and sound recordings as required, and determine if any need to be re-recorded to meet production requirements 3.5 Oversee the recording of post-sync dialogue and sound as required, ensuring relevant people have copies of the appropriate documentation 3.6 Backup dialogue and sound files regularly 3.7 Discuss quality of edited material with relevant people, and adjust as required 3.8 Present final edit to relevant people for evaluation against production requirements


4. Complete work operations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Confirm track layout of final edit is legible, consistent and clearly indicates range of different dialogue and sound 4.2 Save and deliver post-production master copy in correct format 4.3 Duplicate post-production master copy as required 4.4 Store edited materials according to production requirements and enterprise procedures 4.5 Confirm work environment is cleaned after use, and restored to pre-editing condition


5. Evaluate work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Evaluate editing process in consultation with relevant people 5.2 Review technical quality of edited material against production requirements 5.3 Evaluate own performance, and note areas for improvement 5.4 Document evaluation outcomes according to production requirements and use results of evaluation to improve own work practices

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will achieve an understanding of the principles governing digital audio recording devices and the skills and knowledge required to perform advanced sound editing.

Details of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered through face-to-face classes and by utilising the learning support material and resources here in Canvas. In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge required to perform advanced sound editing specifically related to Dialogue for Film, TV, Broadcast and other multi-media purposes. Delivery is in the digital domain carried out in Computer Sound Labs.


Teaching Schedule





Week 1

Introduction to course & Skillset delivery

Dialogue Editing Skillset 1


Week 2

Skillset delivery

Dialogue Editing Skillset 2


Week 3

Skillset delivery

Dialogue Editing Skillset 3


Week 4

Skillset delivery

Dialogue Editing Skillset 4


Week 5

Assessment Sessions

In Class (Sound Lab) Sessions allocated to working on Assessments 1 & 2

Assessments 1 & 2 

Week 6

Assessment Sessions

In Class (Sound Lab) Sessions allocated to working on Assessments 1 & 2

Assessments 1 & 2 

Week 7

Assessment Sessions

In Class (Sound Lab) Sessions allocated to working on Assessments 1 & 2

Assessments 1 & 2

Week 8

Assessment Submissions

 Submission of Assessment Assignments 1 & 2 Deadline

Submission Deadline for Assessments 1 & 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All software, plug-ins and class content are provided by RMIT Sound Production.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include a theory test, drum playlist editing, dialogue editing skills and a major audio editing project. Training and assessment will include covering industry standard DAW systems.

Assessment Tasks

  1. Dialogue Editing: Non-Sync: Produce and Upload a single audio file to meet a brief for audio-only production outcomes, performing all editing and processing. 
  2. Dialogue Editing: Under Sync (Locked to Vision): 

    Produce and Upload a short Quicktime Movie file to a brief performing all editing and processing.

Assessment Matrix

 Dialogue Editing: Non-Sync  Elements: 1.1 - 5.4
 Dialogue Editing: Under Sync  Elements: 1.1 - 5.4

Other Information

Students must supply:

  • Professional Pair of Headphones (with both mini and standard Phono connectors)
  • Data Storage Device: USB, SSD, Google Drive etc.

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