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Adding a soundtrack to a video


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Audition CS6 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Adding a soundtrack to a video

So previously, I showed you how to get a project you're working on in Adobe Premiere into Adobe Audition. And again, once you're in Audition you're free to work on these audio clips just like in any other project, and because these are separate entities you can experiment and play around all you want. But for this example I'm just going to add a simple music file to add a bit of mood to this project. On my desktop in the Farm Project folder is a file called Silent Charm.wav. I'm going to drag that into track 3 of my Audition project. Now again I'm getting this message telling me that the audio file doesn't match the sample rate of the session, and by clicking OK Audition is going to make a copy of the file which will match to the session sample rate.
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  1. 1m 7s
    1. What is Audition?
      1m 7s
  2. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  3. 21m 6s
    1. Understanding the Audition interface
      8m 49s
    2. Setting up input and output
      4m 7s
    3. Setting essential preferences
      8m 10s
  4. 25m 3s
    1. Importing audio files
      6m 39s
    2. Extracting audio from a CD
      4m 6s
    3. Importing video files
      2m 21s
    4. Recording audio
      4m 50s
    5. Creating a multitrack session
      7m 7s
  5. 8m 8s
    1. Understanding frequency
      1m 50s
    2. Understanding amplitude
      1m 40s
    3. Understanding sample rate
      2m 34s
    4. Understanding bit depth
      2m 4s
  6. 37m 59s
    1. Understanding the Waveform Editor interface
      6m 2s
    2. Making selections
      6m 5s
    3. Adjusting the clip amplitude
      2m 49s
    4. Fading clips
      4m 5s
    5. Normalizing
      5m 17s
    6. Copying, cutting, and pasting
      7m 40s
    7. Undoing, redoing, and using the History panel
      4m 5s
    8. Generating silence
      1m 56s
  7. 24m 1s
    1. Using the Spectral Frequency Display
      2m 53s
    2. Using the selection tools
      7m 18s
    3. Using the Spot Healing Brush
      6m 34s
    4. Removing background noises
      7m 16s
  8. 46m 31s
    1. Understanding destructive vs. nondestructive effects
      12m 35s
    2. Applying compression
      9m 20s
    3. Understanding reverb vs. delay
      4m 44s
    4. Working with filters and EQ effects
      6m 46s
    5. Using special effects
      4m 26s
    6. Isolating vocals in a stereo track
      4m 27s
    7. Working with time and pitch effects
      4m 13s
  9. 1h 18m
    1. Creating a multitrack session
      6m 1s
    2. Recording and importing audio
      9m 42s
    3. Understanding the multitrack interface
      5m 20s
    4. Understanding the Mixer panel
      6m 13s
    5. Editing clips in Multitrack View
      9m 49s
    6. Grouping clips together
      2m 43s
    7. Creating bus groups
      7m 42s
    8. Routing and working with sends
      4m 7s
    9. Using automation
      12m 25s
    10. Pre-rendering tracks
      2m 19s
    11. Exporting the mix
      4m 13s
    12. Exporting the session
      3m 22s
    13. Burning the mix to a CD
      4m 45s
  10. 25m 17s
    1. Working with audio from video
      6m 23s
    2. Importing a sequence from Premiere Pro
      3m 59s
    3. Adding a soundtrack to a video
      3m 45s
    4. Exporting a session back to Premiere Pro
      3m 32s
    5. Using Automatic Speech Alignment
      7m 38s
  11. 9m 46s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 17s
    2. Using pan envelopes
      2m 44s
    3. Exporting a multichannel mix
      45s
  12. 52s
    1. Next steps
      52s

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Audition CS6 Essential Training
4h 40m Beginner May 06, 2012

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Audition CS6 Essential Training demonstrates all of the major features of Adobe Audition and prepares sound editors to start enhancing and correcting audio—whether it's music, dialogue, or other sound effects. Author and musician Garrick Chow begins by covering how to import, record, and manage media files, from extracting audio and importing video, to creating a new multitrack session from scratch. The course then dives deep into editing, repairing, and cleaning up audio files, using the Waveform and Multitrack Editors, and the Spectral Frequency Display. It also covers how to use built-in effects, how to mix both stereo and surround audio tracks, and how to work with video projects from Premiere Pro.

Topics include:
  • Setting up the interface
  • Setting up inputs and outputs
  • Importing audio and video
  • Understanding audio terminology, such as frequency and amplitude
  • Adjusting clips in the Waveform Editor
  • Cleaning and repairing audio
  • Applying effects
  • Working with tracks in the Multitrack Editor and Mixer panel
  • Editing the soundtrack of video
  • Performing surround mixing
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Mixing Video Audio for Video Music Editing Post Production
Software:
Audition
Author:
Garrick Chow

Adding a soundtrack to a video

So previously, I showed you how to get a project you're working on in Adobe Premiere into Adobe Audition. And again, once you're in Audition you're free to work on these audio clips just like in any other project, and because these are separate entities you can experiment and play around all you want. But for this example I'm just going to add a simple music file to add a bit of mood to this project. On my desktop in the Farm Project folder is a file called Silent Charm.wav. I'm going to drag that into track 3 of my Audition project. Now again I'm getting this message telling me that the audio file doesn't match the sample rate of the session, and by clicking OK Audition is going to make a copy of the file which will match to the session sample rate.

And I do want it to do that so everything matches up. So I'll click OK. It just takes a second to do the conversion, and there's my new audio track. So while the first two audio tracks were imported from my Premiere project, I've now added a completely new track here on Audition. Now I could have done this in Premiere as well, but Audition gives me much better control over my mix and overall sound. So I prefer to handle as much of the project's audio here as possible. Let's give this a listen from the beginning. (video playing) Okay, so that definitely colors the mood of this project.

Now there are a couple of tweaks I need to make here. First, I think the music starts a little too abruptly with those strings coming in. Let's give that a listen again. (video playing) That's a matter of taste, but I think I am going to zoom in towards the beginning here so I can see it a little bit better. I'm just going to add a slight fade at the beginning, like so. Let's hear how that sounds. That way they just fade in a little bit, and I like that a little better. Now also I need the music to go a way down in volume when the speaking starts, and if you recall, this is very easy to do.

I can either use the yellow Volume Envelop lined on the clip itself, or I can use the Track Envelope. Again, we saw how to do this in the previous chapter. I'm just going to use the Clip Envelop in this case. So I'm going to narrow these down a little bit, so I can see all of my tracks. I can see the speaking starts right about here. So I'll just click to add a keyframe on the music right before that, and then I'll add another one and drag it down to reduce the level of the audio, and I need this come down fairly significantly.

And we'll just start it just a little sooner than that so I can bump this over a bit. Now let's give that a listen. (video playing) (male speaker: My name is BD Dautch, and I--) All right, so that's much better. Now you can hear the speaking over the music. (male speaker: --have Earthtrine farm, where we've been since 1998.) Now I'll probably play a little bit with how gradually or abruptly the music goes down, but you get the idea. Now this music track also goes on much longer than the rest of the audio and the rest of the clip.

So I'm just going to zoom out of my navigator, so I can see the end of that clip and I'll just drag its right end in, and because I have Snapping turned on, it'll snap to the end of the other clips. Zoom in on that end again, and I'll probably want to add a fade here as well so it just doesn't end abruptly. Something like that. (male speaker: We try not to do any shipping. We try to keep it all local.) And of course, I can play with that a bit. If I think that's too abrupt, I can just fade that out a little bit longer.

(male speaker: --restaurants. We try not to do any shipping. We try to keep it all local.) Okay, that works for me. All right, so we got to review several concepts we've covered throughout this course here, and now I have a nice soundtrack on my movie. Coming up next, we'll see how to get this project back into Premiere.

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