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Premiere Pro and After Effects: Adding Handle to Sound Bites
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Premiere Pro and After Effects: Adding Handle to Sound Bites

with Chris Meyer

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Hi, I'm Chris Meyer of Chris Design, and I'd

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35m 24s Intermediate Jan 02, 2014

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Whether you're editing a documentary film, a TV commercial, or a corporate video, you often need to focus on a specific sentence or phrase that's part of a longer, perhaps unscripted statement. However, the speaker doesn't always leave you enough room between phrases to cleanly extract the desired segment. In this quick course, Chris Meyer will show you how to select a clip in Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects, and use a combination of time remapping, frame blending, and audio fades in After Effects to extend these pauses so that you'll have sufficient handle for crossfades or other transitions. This trick will allow you to rescue previously unusable sound bites and raise the production value of the final result.

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Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
After Effects Premiere Pro
Author:
Chris Meyer

Welcome

Hi, I'm Chris Meyer of Chris Design, and I'd like to share with you a technique I've developed to extract a sound byte, with handles at the head and tail, of the middle of a longer on-camera interview. This will come in handy for doing documentaries, news, corporate videos, reality television, anything where the speaker on camera has strung together multiple thoughts and you need to pull one of those thoughts out of the middle and weave it into a larger program.

The problem is the speaker rarely leaves enough frames in between thoughts to neatly pull that one sound byte out and particularly to transition in and out of that sound byte. Well there's been a couple solutions to that technique in the past but both of them have their issues. Let me switch to the computer and demonstrate. One is to just mute the audio during the handle before the desired phrase, and after the desired phrase. The problem is that the action in the video keeps moving, and you have this kind of annoying lip flapping going on while there's no sound.

I'll preview that. There's been other improvements to After Effects in this October 2013 release. There's been other improvements to after effects in this October 2013 release. Another common solution is to merely freeze the video, which also pauses the audio during the handle, again, before the desired segment. And after the desired segment, but this also looks very unnatural because I go from a rock solid still pose to suddenly moving at full speed. There has been other improvements to After Effects in this October 2013 release.

There's been other improvements to After Effects in this October 2013 release. That ending pose looks particuarly unnatural. But what I'm going to show you in this course is a way to combine muting audio and also ramping the speed of the video to create the desired amount of handle and also much more natural looking video. There's been other improvements to After Effects in this October 2013 release. There's been other improvements to After Effects in this October 2013 release.

In this course I am going to show you how to pull off that technique. Most of it focuses on using Adobe After Effects. But I'll also show how to start in Adobe Premier with the clip that's already in your sequence. Export it to After Effects, modify it, bring it back in so we can weave it in to a larger program. First let's go over the exercise files, what version we are going to be using etc. Then we'll dive in to the fun part.

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