Interested in dubbing movies the European way? Now the North American market has access to Kiwa Digital VoiceQ 2.0, voice synchronization software that borrows the "rythmo band" method favored by the French since the 1920s. VoiceQ is being sold in North America through audio solutions provider RSPE Audio Solutions in Universal City.
Using a rythmo band involves having dialogue projected below the screen during a dubbing session with words stretched or compressed to give visual cues about how the actor's phrasing can best match the lip movements on screen. The dialogue moves from right to left, with every word passing a certain point at exactly the moment it should be pronounced to match the image on screen.
The technique is used in France, Belgium and parts of Canada, but is widely unappreciated in the United States. RSPE and Kiwa Digital obviously hope to change that. (Other software options that strive to reproduce a rythmo band dubbing environment include Synchronos and DubStudio,)
VoiceQ 2.0 was introduced in July, and works with Mac OS X Mavericks/Yosemite either as a standalone program or with Pro Tools. Features include real-time script editing, frame-accurate cueing, multi-language capability, reporting options including ADR cue sheets and scheduling reports.
If you want to take it for a spin, the application can be freely downloaded with a 14-day trial license from the VoiceQ website, along with demonstration projects and videos. A series of video tutorials explain the software's features. Watch below to see how the software works in an ADR or dubbing session.
VoiceQ is available for licensing on a monthly basis ($349 for 30 days, or $149/month for a minimum six-month period) or an annnual basis ($1490/year), with a perpetual licensing option said to be "coming soon."
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