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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
As an editor, a lot of times your job is to censor out offensive content, and earlier on this training series, we looked at how to edit and censor video. In this is movie, we are going to look at how to censor audio. We have here this clip from the Time music video by the Zen Chemists and let's listen to just a snippet of that. (Man singing) So he says, "Time is funny." What we're going to do is we're going to pretend that instead of the word funny, he said something offensive. So we are going to edit out the word 'funny'. I didn't feel it was appropriate to use an actual swearword so we'll have to use our imaginations a little bit here.
So the first step is, again, make sure that the waveform is expanded. It won't help us too much here because this is a song and the waveform is really thick, but a lot of times you have dialog, and zooming in close to that dialog and having this waveform expanded so you can see what's going on, will be of great help to you. The next thing, as discussed earlier in this training series, is to go to the Preferences and make sure that you could enable to hear audio while scrubbing. So I'm going to hit the Home key to get to the beginning of the program here, and let's listen for when he says 'funny'. Okay, so right about there, he says it, and let's get right when he says it.
So right about there I think. So he is about to make the F there. Censoring is a kind of crazy topic the people debate, and some people are like against all forms of censorship, and some people are for it. As a video editor, it's kind of your job to kind of play both sides a little bit. So a lot of times, what people will do in editing audio is maybe keep the first of the last syllable, or the first, maybe like letter or whatever, so you can still tell kind of what the person is saying, but you don't hear the offensive words. So we are going to keep that F and so we're going to hit the Right-arrow key to kind of nudge frame-by-frame until he starts opening up the word and going from the F to the rest of the word.
So that works good right about there. So I'm going to hit Command+K or Ctrl+K on the PC to cut that there, and let's scrub until he's done with the word funny. Okay, right there. I'm going to hit Command+K again, maybe back up a couple of frames there, one frame, let's say, and hit Command+K again. Now if you're kind of new to scrubbing, you might have watched me do this just a moment ago and scrub this here, and you might not be able to hear the word 'funny' there, but after awhile, once you get used to scrubbing audio, you'll start to kind of develop an ear for what's being said and hearing things kind of choppy and in slow-motion.
So the first step in censoring audio is to find the offensive audio and then isolate it through cuts. And now what we need to do is mute it. We're want to test it. We are going to add a bleep later but that's actually the second step. I'm going to grab this rubber band here, in the Timeline panel, and drag the audio down until it's muted for that one clip. Now I'm going to hit the Home key and we'll preview this and see how that sounds. Okay, that sounds pretty good, actually. If you wanted to tweak this, we're not going to but if you wanted to, you can get the Rolling Edit tool, over here in the tools panel, and you can click on those edits and move them over a frame, if you cut too much in either direction.
So now I'm going to hit the letter V on the keyboard to get back to my main Selection tool, and now what we want to do is add a bleeping noise here, so it's obvious that the sound didn't just drop out, that there's not an audio problem. It's actually censored. So the way that we generate the bleeping tone is by going to the bottom of the Project panel and creating New Bars and Tone, and I'll go ahead and click OK, and this is basically just the old standard test with color bars and tone. So I'm going to double-click this to open it up in the Source monitor, and we'll get a cut about the same size as the clip, and I can go to the Info panel with the clip selected, and it will tell us that the duration of the clip here is 8 frames.
So if we wanted to just get the ballpark, we can make an 8 frame long cut of this beeping, and actually I think this is 9 frames because the 0 frame counts as one frame too, but this is fine. I'm going to go ahead and click the Outpoint to make the clip that long, and if I expand the Source monitor to be a little bit wider, we'll see this little speaker icon, and this will allow us to drag only the audio, because we really care about those bars, and then I can drag it like so that the left end lines up, and then we'll just trim that extra frame off of the end.
So now we have a tone that goes on Audio track 2 that will be playing over that censored part. So now, let's hit the Home key and hear how this sounds. (Man singing.) I don't know why that amuses me, but it does, and I could go over here to the Mixer, which we'll look at later in this chapter, if I wanted to, and I could take down the volume of this track. Maybe that beep is a little bit too loud, which I kind of think it was, a little bit intrusive, and maybe we might want to bring up the audio in the background a little bit, just so that there's something in the background there, and let's here that.
(Man singing.) Actually, that was a little bit too loud on the audio, so let's try that one more time. (Man singing.) All right, a pretty good edit. So, parents of the world unite, the audio in this music video is now safe for your children.
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