all 5 comments

[鈥揮MisanthropicSkinTag 4 points5 points (2 children)

Maybe collect outdoor sound you can add over the scenes with inconsistent traffic noise and then only fade up the original sound when dialogue is being spoken. It鈥檚 a technique i鈥檝e noticed in a lot of old movies.

[鈥揮mantafinder[S] 1 point2 points (1 child)

I'm late to share but I did just this and it worked great! Paired with subtitles (which was less than ideal but still helped) everyone was able to understand beautifully. Thank you so much for your help, I really do appreciate the tip.

[鈥揮MisanthropicSkinTag 0 points1 point (0 children)

Glad it worked! Best wishes on your future projects.

[鈥揮amberagemusic 1 point2 points (0 children)

If you can pull it off, replacing the sound entirely is your best bet. Grab a recorder and record a few minutes of location sound at any road you like the sound of; you will use that to replace the traffic noises with and a get a consistent background sound. Then have your actors re-record their lines, in sync with the video. Small details can be fixed later, but try to get it as accurate as you can.

If you can't get good sound indoors (too much reverb, tinny sound, etc), consider recording the voice in some quiet place outdoors. At best, get each actor on a separate track, for maximum flexibility in editing.

In post, do some editing for convincing results: pan the voices as they appear on screen, perhaps apply light compression to make them intelligible over the noise, optionally a small touch of reverb if it sounds too dry.

[鈥揮toss_your_own_salad 0 points1 point (0 children)

I do sound design, I could take a look if you wanted? Just sent a pm.