I’ve often said there’s a difference between editing dialog and Dialog Editing, but I’ve yet to come up with a succinct explanation of that statement. Well, perhaps these two pictures can shed light on it:
The first picture is dialog after it’s been edited the way a picture editor edits dialog (put in place to sound like what you want the scene to sound like). The second picture is after Dialog Editing has been done, and it’s ready to go to the mix stage. At this point, they both sound virtually identical (you’re going to have to take my word for that–we don’t have clearance to release the audio associated with these images yet), but the latter has had redundant information removed and everything reorganized to make it easier to mix and ready to easily create deliverables and alternate mixes.
And that, in a nutshell, is the difference between editing dialog and Dialog Editing.
(By the way, in this example, the first picture has been edited by us to get ready for a temp mix. The original OMF as it was delivered from the picture department was even more cluttered with sounds which ended up on the effects tracks and aren’t in either image.)