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Adjusting audio levels of clip

From: Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)

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The program is basically organized and cut together, but I haven't looked at any of my audio mix. In other words I just brought the clips in regardless of what their levels were. Its important for me to be able to see a couple of key things in my timeline. One I want to increase the height so I can see the waveforms. I can do this by holding down the Shift key. And using the scroll wheel on my mouse to make each of these larger. So you can better see what I'm doing I'm going to adjust the layout of my screen focusing much more on the audio section. If you're following along with the exercises you probably have a higher resolution screen and all you need to do is hold down the shift modifier use the scroll wheel and then you can see all of the waveforms. Let me go ahead and play just about three or four seconds of this video. (MUSIC) (INAUDIBLE).

Adjusting audio levels of clip

The program is basically organized and cut together, but I haven't looked at any of my audio mix. In other words I just brought the clips in regardless of what their levels were. Its important for me to be able to see a couple of key things in my timeline. One I want to increase the height so I can see the waveforms. I can do this by holding down the Shift key. And using the scroll wheel on my mouse to make each of these larger. So you can better see what I'm doing I'm going to adjust the layout of my screen focusing much more on the audio section. If you're following along with the exercises you probably have a higher resolution screen and all you need to do is hold down the shift modifier use the scroll wheel and then you can see all of the waveforms. Let me go ahead and play just about three or four seconds of this video. (MUSIC) (INAUDIBLE).

Well, I see immediately, that if I had just dropped in the original clips, the music is too loud, Vanessa's voice is too soft. And there might even be times where we're getting louder and softer depending on how excited we're getting about the food and I'm going to need to fix all of that. Well the first thing I want to do is make everything a neutral level, a target level, and for most of you that will be hitting this number here of minus 12. That means that generally your audio should hit around minus 12.

But you could peak up to minus 6, or you could go down to minus 18, or even below. The key is, you never want to exceed zero, because your audio will get distorted. Now some of you might be delivering to a broadcast station, and they might have specific requirements for your audio mix level. It may be minus 18 or minus 20. The best rule of thumb is ask before you start editing and you won't have to go back and fix it. So now let's start adjusting all of our audio levels.

Now I can do that directly in the timeline by simply grabbing this center line right here, and moving it up and down. And you can see there's a pop up window that tells me how much louder or how much softer I'm making this clip. If I open up the effects control window with this clip loaded, I can also look at my volume here and see how much louder or softer I'm making it And I could always reset it if I need to. Let me go ahead and play this and we can look over here and see what our levels look like.

(MUSIC) Well here's the challenge. I can't see what my levels look like because I'm hearing Vanessa's voice And the music. If I want to just isolate that one piece of music, and look at its levels. I can go to the audio clip mixer. And see just each of the tracks, and what levels they're playing back at. >> (MUSIC) Welcome to Delight gluten free eats.

I- >> So I can see her voice here and the music here, and as other tracks come into play I will see those tracks, but again that might make it a little bit difficult. Let's jump back to the Effects Control tab and I want to show you a very useful trick when trying to mix individual audio levels. There's two buttons here, mute and solo. Mute turns off a track. Solo isolates that track. So, if I just want to hear what's on audio two I can hit the Solo button, and now when I play it back I can see and hear just my music. (MUSIC) (MUSIC) So that's a quick way to find out if your audio levels by themselves are hitting your target, which in this case is minus 12. Now let me zoom in by pressing the Plus key, and show you a couple of ways that I can accelerate this process.

I know for instance that all of these were recorded at the same audio level. If I go over and adjust one of them by making it louder. (MUSIC) And if you notice I'm not hearing Vanessa and myself speak. I'm just hearing the music. That's because I had solo this track. So let me go ahead and solo our track. >> I'd like to welcome you to our test kitchen. My friend Ave is here today to learn how to make an amazing gluten free main dish, so we're making one of my favorite things right >> If you notice, as I pulled up the level, I actually hit the target I wanted to, but as soon as I switched to the next clip.

It popped back so you need to make sure that if you're going to bring up your levels while listening to it that you dont have the clip end before you let go of your mouse. >> I'm Vanessa executive editor of the Gluten-Free magazine >> So that's pretty good right there I kind of like that level to start with. And if I want to apply that to all my clips. I can simply select it, Copy, Cmd + C, or Ctrl + C on a Windows machine, select these other clips that have the same levels, right-click on it, choose Paste Attributes, and select just volume to bring up the audio levels to match all of these clips. >>So we're making one of my favorite things right now and this is a honey barbecue chicken pizza.

>>I just want to show you one last way to raise and lower the level of a clip While editing. I can go over here and hit the Spacebar, and instead of grabbing that middle line and moving it up and down, I can use the left and Right Bracket keys and that's going to increase the volume one db at a time. And db is just the way that they measure audio. If I hold down the Shift key and use the brackets, it'll jump up by 3BD, which means every 3BD, it gets twice as loud or half as loud.

Now two things just went wrong. First of all, I affected the clips that I just worked on. And second, I can't even hear the levels. And I wanted to point this out, because a lot of times in the rush of editing you don't switch things back to the way they should be, so the first thing I want to do is go ahead and turn off Solo and point out that if you have tracks selected it overrides where the play head is playing and you're only going to effect these tracks, so let me unselect everything by clicking away from it.

>> Nothing is muted and now when I hit the Spacebar to Play, I can use the Left and Right Bracket keys to increase and decrease my volume. >> We're going to add the yeast and the warm water and then let it sit and cover it and then punch hit down and then let it rise and then (CROSSTALK). >> So that's pretty good and that's pretty quick and I didn't have to worry about using my mouse at all. So there's the basics on making sure that all your audio levels are good, and the next step would be key framing them so you can change the volume over time.

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  1. 5m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 1s
    3. What is Premiere Pro CC?
      1m 19s
  2. 29m 33s
    1. Why you should watch this fast-track chapter
      1m 33s
    2. Importing media
      1m 29s
    3. Selecting shots
      2m 48s
    4. Editing to the Timeline
      4m 51s
    5. Refining the edit
      2m 41s
    6. Adding transitions
      3m 2s
    7. Adding titles
      4m 9s
    8. Adding and adjusting music
      7m 35s
    9. Outputting your show
      1m 25s
  3. 30m 13s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      5m 13s
    2. Touring the interface
      4m 29s
    3. Customizing windows and panels
      4m 56s
    4. Choosing your editing style
      6m 5s
    5. Understanding system requirements
      3m 1s
    6. Adjusting some basic user preferences
      6m 29s
  4. 47m 5s
    1. Setting up a project and sequence
      7m 11s
    2. Understanding all the types of media used in creating a video
      5m 12s
    3. Importing files already on your computer
      3m 57s
    4. Importing pre-organized media
      3m 24s
    5. Importing media from existing Premiere projects
      4m 39s
    6. Importing card-based media
      6m 11s
    7. Importing Final Cut XML files
      2m 36s
    8. Organizing your media
      6m 13s
    9. Reconnecting offline media
      7m 42s
  5. 18m 54s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 38s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      6m 12s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      3m 9s
    4. Creating subclips
      4m 55s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      3m 35s
    2. Moving clips in the Timeline
      1m 27s
    3. Trimming edit points in the Timeline
      1m 24s
    4. Splitting and deleting clips
      2m 53s
  7. 24m 59s
    1. Performing an overwrite edit
      5m 7s
    2. Performing an insert edit
      3m 20s
    3. Using swap edits
      2m 37s
    4. Using multiple tracks
      4m 24s
    5. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      4m 8s
    6. Cutting a B-roll sequence
      5m 23s
  8. 20m 16s
    1. Looking at three-point edits
      5m 26s
    2. Performing replace edits
      6m 5s
    3. Linking and unlinking audio
      4m 48s
    4. Working with markers
      3m 57s
  9. 24m 49s
    1. Performing ripple and roll edits
      5m 53s
    2. Using slip and slide edits
      6m 34s
    3. Performing J and L cuts
      3m 32s
    4. Looking at the Trim Monitor window
      2m 47s
    5. Increasing trim efficiency
      2m 11s
    6. Tips and tricks for trimming
      3m 52s
  10. 27m 28s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      4m 7s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      4m 32s
    3. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      3m 22s
    4. Rendering media in your Timeline
      5m 34s
    5. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 22s
    6. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      4m 19s
    7. Creating buttons
      3m 12s
  11. 29m 43s
    1. Exploring audio in Premiere Pro
      6m 32s
    2. Adjusting audio levels of clip
      7m 17s
    3. Keyframing audio levels of a clip
      4m 33s
    4. Mixing audio
      7m 34s
    5. Fixing out-of-sync audio
      3m 47s
  12. 20m 56s
    1. Importing still images
      4m 57s
    2. Working with stills
      6m 36s
    3. Animating stills with keyframes
      4m 49s
    4. Animating Photoshop files
      4m 34s
  13. 8m 59s
    1. Changing clip size, cropping, and position
      5m 16s
    2. Animating the position of clips over time
      3m 43s
  14. 14m 43s
    1. Applying basic video and audio transitions
      3m 1s
    2. Modifying transitions
      8m 6s
    3. Applying multiple transitions
      3m 36s
  15. 47m 2s
    1. Applying video effects
      2m 42s
    2. Modifying effects
      4m 47s
    3. Combining multiple effects
      8m 30s
    4. Keyframing your filters
      6m 22s
    5. Adjusting existing filter timing
      5m 56s
    6. Applying effects to multiple clips
      2m 31s
    7. Copying and pasting attributes
      4m 25s
    8. Creating and saving effect presets
      6m 46s
    9. Applying audio effects
      5m 3s
  16. 25m 36s
    1. Looking at the Warp Stabilizer
      5m 14s
    2. Working with chroma key and green screen
      4m 45s
    3. Using color correction tools
      6m 55s
    4. Looking at the Lumetri color looks
      4m 6s
    5. Using adjustment layers to save time
      4m 36s
  17. 27m 41s
    1. Fit-to-fill editing
      6m 41s
    2. Stretching a clip
      4m 15s
    3. Looking at the Clip Speed/Duration dialog box
      9m 17s
    4. Making variable speed changes
      7m 28s
  18. 15m 29s
    1. Creating a static title
      4m 35s
    2. Creating a lower third title
      2m 57s
    3. Creating rolling and crawling credits
      3m 40s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles from within Adobe Premiere
      4m 17s
  19. 22m 2s
    1. Introducing multicam
      2m 57s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode and sync points
      5m 13s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using audio waveforms
      2m 55s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in the Timeline
      6m 50s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      4m 7s
  20. 21m 38s
    1. Finishing techniques
      8m 35s
    2. Exporting a master
      6m 52s
    3. Exporting for devices and the web
      6m 11s
  21. 16m 55s
    1. Moving and copying a project
      7m 46s
    2. Archiving a project
      6m 49s
    3. Preparing and integrating your workflow with non-Adobe applications
      2m 20s
  22. 1m 35s
    1. Next steps
      1m 35s

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