What I'm working on is a demo movie to give to some of the actors. They've all worked with me before and know that nothing about this is going to be perfect.
I've edited an hour worth of the movie, adjusted the dialogue so it's all level. I've added music underneath, and adjusted all the levels. It sounds good. Nothing peaks, you can hear all the dialogue fine. You don't cringe (at least I don't) from what I'm hearing. I know there are some scenes that could benefit from ADR, but that's impossible.
There are scenes that were shot in a NYC apartment, and the way the dialogue is cut, sometimes the cars and noise fluctuate from cut to cut. So, I added street noise underneath and the fluctuation is not as noticiable as there's a constant stream of street noise.
Here's my problem. I've watched this on 4 different TVs. One old fashioned 27", a flat screen with built in speakers, my computer with professional recording studio speakers, and a projector/Sony blu-ray 5.1 surround sound system.
It sounds very good on all these systems. I'm not blasting it. The only place I put it extremely loud is when I'm actually editing. At a very high level, the fluctuations and such are a little more noticeable. Some scenes also have room tone which fluctuate from cut to cut. I've used Soundtrack to eleminate the noise, and it works fine. But, with every scene there's always a word or two where you get that Darth Vadar voice. This also at a normal level is unnoticeable.
Listening is great and I think the best way to know what sounds good. But, what can I look at at the levels to see which version would be better? With the fixed sound it sounds fine, without sounds fine. Is there a way I can tell visually which is better.
All in all for a demo it's **** good. But, I have that stupid perfection bug with whatever I do. Which I know is impossible. But, I get something in my mind and I have to keep going.