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v. To dub / dubbing

1) The process of adding sound to video.

n. Dub

1) Audio recorded separately and inserted into video. The result of dubbing.

When video and sound are recorded synchronously (as is generally done with live-action), the audio aspect is not considered a dub. However any sounds added to the audio after the initial recording (special effect, additional voices, etc...) are dubbed.

When voice recordings and sound effects are added to animation, this process is called dubbing. In anime, both the original Japanese audio and the localized English audio are technically dubs.

However in anime, and other forms of international cinema, fans have come to refer to the translated material as dubbed. In this sense, a non-official (non-correct) accepted definition for dub is:

v. to dub / dubbing

2) Recording of a translated vocal track and replacing the original vocal track with the translated one.

n. dub

2) A video (movie, tv series, etc...) where the original language vocal track has been replaced with a recorded translation.


A similar process of dubbing, however the vocal track is added over pre-existing audio tracks. When used for translation purposes, the translated audio is added on top of the original language audio, resulting in both languages being perceptible in the final product. The voice-over is generally the louder recording. This process is generally reserved for interviews, however older / lower-budget movie translations have also been produced this way.

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