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Censoring audio using bleeps

From: Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics

Video: Censoring audio using bleeps

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.

Censoring audio using bleeps

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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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. What's new in the dot release
      57s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 18s
  2. 18m 54s
    1. Capturing ambient audio
      3m 12s
    2. Getting plenty of coverage
      1m 48s
    3. Telling a story with camera angles
      3m 18s
    4. The 180 degree rule
      2m 13s
    5. Framing shots
      3m 25s
    6. Allowing "emotional space"
      1m 40s
    7. Overcranking and time lapse
      3m 18s
  3. 11m 38s
    1. Why is metadata important?
      1m 40s
    2. Browsing and adding metadata
      6m 4s
    3. Creating metadata with Speech Search
      3m 54s
  4. 33m 12s
    1. When to cut
      7m 38s
    2. Avoiding bad edits
      9m 17s
    3. Using emotional cutaways
      1m 53s
    4. Fixing problems with cutaways
      3m 53s
    5. Pacing edits
      3m 49s
    6. Matching action
      4m 14s
    7. The power of suggestive editing
      2m 28s
  5. 26m 31s
    1. Contrasting targeting and selecting
      3m 17s
    2. Copying and pasting clips
      2m 36s
    3. Replacing clips
      4m 8s
    4. Editing to music
      5m 0s
    5. Using sample rate for precise editing
      5m 34s
    6. Creating J and L cuts
      3m 33s
    7. Working with subclips
      2m 23s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Ingesting media
      1m 39s
    2. Examining P2 file structure
      1m 31s
    3. Importing P2 files with the Media Browser
      5m 15s
    4. Converting DVCPRO HD to standard 720p
      2m 52s
  7. 38m 11s
    1. Using the Reference Monitor
      3m 0s
    2. Using scopes
      8m 33s
    3. Primary color correction
      10m 11s
    4. Secondary color correction
      8m 28s
    5. Creating a vignette
      2m 28s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      5m 31s
  8. 37m 19s
    1. Censoring video
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a waving flag
      6m 5s
    3. Creating a lens flare
      3m 36s
    4. Creating background textures
      6m 19s
    5. Playing with time
      6m 4s
    6. Using transition effects
      6m 13s
    7. Working with presets
      3m 32s
  9. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a garbage matte
      3m 56s
    2. Removing green screen
      5m 6s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 32s
    4. Nesting sequences
      2m 56s
  10. 15m 27s
    1. Creating 3D reflections
      5m 0s
    2. Creating growing vines
      5m 52s
    3. Creating a track matte
      2m 39s
    4. Using the History panel
      1m 56s
  11. 42m 25s
    1. Censoring audio using bleeps
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding sample rate
      3m 0s
    3. Normalizing audio across multiple clips
      5m 7s
    4. Recording audio
      2m 24s
    5. Removing audio problems with Soundbooth
      5m 43s
    6. Working with VST plug-in effects
      2m 3s
    7. Mixing audio
      8m 20s
    8. Changing volume over time
      5m 22s
    9. Working with surround sound
      5m 10s
  12. 23m 52s
    1. About this project
      2m 26s
    2. Performing preliminary edits
      2m 35s
    3. Working with multi-camera footage
      7m 27s
    4. Creating a visual "stutter"
      3m 12s
    5. Adjusting color
      8m 12s
  13. 6m 28s
    1. Transferring projects to another machine
      3m 24s
    2. Removing unused footage
      3m 4s
  14. 25m 46s
    1. Choosing a format
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding spatial compression
      2m 5s
    3. Understanding temporal compression
      4m 19s
    4. About HD standards
      5m 46s
    5. Changing footage interpretation
      2m 17s
    6. Getting the film look
      5m 44s
  15. 27m 10s
    1. Working with After Effects
      5m 56s
    2. Creating titles in After Effects
      5m 39s
    3. Working with Photoshop files
      2m 29s
    4. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 2s
    5. Working with OnLocation
      3m 12s
    6. Working with Encore
      4m 27s
    7. Introducing Adobe Story for pre-production
      3m 25s
  16. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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