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We are filming in the forest near a motorway/highway. I'm using marantz solid state recorderr with a ntg 2 shotgun microphone for the film, do you how I can get rid of motorway/highway sound in post production. Try to research on the web, but I can get anything from there. Thank you in advance

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Give the producers a copy of my book. There's a section - even with a picture - describing almost exactly the situation you're in.


And the answer, like everybody said, is ADR. Also like everybody said, it's a production problem and the producer/director have to be part of the solution.


If ADR is totally out of the question:


Re-write the scene so it's all voice-over.


Or re-block it so the actors are always facing sideways, and put head mics on their unseen sides. Hair or beard mics might be close enough, if the motorway isn't too loud. 


If you're going to use ADR, go for shorter lines - they're easier to replace - and reactions or very wide shots where the mouths aren't visible. ADR is largely incremental, and every on-camera syllable you eliminate will make it cheaper and faster.

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Get a runner and have him run out of gas on the right lane, thus causing a traffic jam, which will be much quieter.

BUT: this is illegal, dangerous and it wasn't my idea.

I've never done it, but I so wish one day...

The Belfast method is to call in a bomb scare a little bit down the road so the police close both lanes.

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Hi, and Welcome...

Bodun: " do you how I can get rid of motorway/highway sound in post production. "

if you had done a bit of reading before posting, you would have found our magic secret...

We are not really allowed to tell anyone how we do this (sort of like magicians), but it is in here...

and, BTW, buy Jay's books at www.dplay.com

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if you have already shot it and can't do the above which are the best solution from the best in the business.


Try izotope 3...  the spectrum tool is really good to painting out sounds that aren't constant,  like a horn,  a clap,  a ching or a chang and a wang.


their denoiser will not get rid of the road,  but it will reduce it by a decent %


unfortunately this will be turd polishing, but at least it will be a little tidier.

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  • 2 months later...

Took me some time to realise that I wasn't responsible for the choice of location; even if I have been on the location scout it's usually too late to change the location; it just helps me plan and organize to make the best of the shit sandwich I have been served.

Now I am at one with this knowledge I can sleep me comfortably at night

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