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Once you've completed your project, and you're ready to output it. There's one more step that you should take the time to do. And that's a finishing step. Now, you can spend a few minutes, or you can spend a day on finishing a project. Depending on the length, and how critical you want everything to match. We're going to just spend a few minutes just to show you some of the highlights of things that you might want to do. I'm going to go ahead and make my sequence full screen, so we can see it better. It's relatively clean. I'm going to go ahead and hit the back slash key, so we can see a little bit more.
But I see things on different tracks and it really should be that audio should have all the voices on one or two tracks. And then music would be on a separate track. And if I had sound effects, they would be on a separate track. It makes cleaning up and exporting things a lot easier. But in the mad rush to edit a lot of times your track targeting is off and you make mistakes, so this is that step you go through to clean up those mistakes. Well the first thing that's jumping out at me is I have this audio here twice, and it was probably just that I went to move it, held down the option key.
To separate it, and forgot to let go of it. And I ended up duplicating the track. Now, the problem with duplicating an audio track, is, it makes that section twice as loud. Audio is additive, so I want to make sure I delete that extra track. So I'm going to select it I see its not connected to anything its all by itself. Simply press the Delete key and I should be in good shape. Now the bigger problem is I have audio from both my speakers and my music on the same track and I want to move these up and down.
So here we have an audio clip and I can select it and I can drag it up. But that's time consuming. What I want to do is use a keyboard shortcut. Now, let's select this one by example. I'm going to hold the Option and the Up Arrow key and you notice, as I move the audio up, it moves the video up and, eventually, it might even hit the ceiling and I won't be able to move things up or down so I want to separate these. What we learned earlier you can do that by holding down the option key and isolating a piece of audio from the video or vice versa.
Now when I hold down the Option key I can move just the audio up but that's very time consuming to continually have to select hold the Option key, move up, move down, so there's a great little feature up here. It's a linking option that allows me to turn the linking between all the audio clips in my timeline and all the video clips in my timeline. When I uncheck that, and we see the button looks raised for a moment, I can select a variety of clips and because they're no longer linked.
I can select the audio, but the video isn't selected and now I can use that keyboard shortcut of option-up arrow to move those into place. Let me do the same thing with this piece of music. Hold down the option key, tap it a couple times, and you see everything is nicely lined up. Now I'm not going to worry about my B roll because if I need to go back it's nice to have that on a second level and it's not causing me any problems so I want to go back and make sure I turn linking back on so that now when I select my clips it selects both the video and the audio.
The next step is looking for what's called flash frames or gaps. And this happens sometimes when you're editing and literally you've been moving things around and there's one frame that there's not video. It's called a flash frame. It goes by in a thirtieth of a second. And often when watching playback you can miss it. One of the things I like to do is simply jump to every edit point. And I can do that with the up and down arrow. The down arrow is going to jump me forward and the up arrow is going to jump me back.
Now, it is stopping at every single edit point for me. But you might be experiencing something a little bit different. It might be missing these and that could happen if, for instance, I have that track deactivated. I can still see it, but it's not targeted anymore. And watch what happens when I hit the down key to go forward. It completely misses everything on tracks 2 and 3, because they're not turned on. So make sure that all of your video and all of your audio tracks are active and targeted and you'll be able to do this very quickly.
I'm just going to use the down key and just keep tapping it. Now I need to see my video again so I'm going to hit the tilde key so we can see the video and as I jump to each edit and I can do this very quickly I can make sure that I don't have any anomalies. There we go. Right there is an anomaly, it's a black frame, let me go ahead and zoom in. When I was editing, I left a little bit of a gap there. So I'm going to go ahead and right click on that, I'll do a ripple delete, I'll close that so now we don't have to worry about that little frame of black.
And once again, I'll zoom out a little bit so you can see my whole timeline. And continue on all the way until the end. Luckily I only had one gap, but that's important to see if you had any flash frames or maybe even a bonus frame. Sometimes I've cut something and I've left literally one thirtieth of a second. The viewer may not register that consciously... But it is disturbing if something like that happens. The next thing I want to do is look at my audio levels. I'm going to go ahead and bring this full screen again just so, you can see things easier and I want to open up all of these tracks so I can work with it.
Now the scroll key works on a single track, but Shift scroll allows me to actually open up all of my tracks and I can see my clip key framing right here. But seeing is different than hearing. So once I've opened this up and just for fun I'm going to open up my video a little bit so we can see the picture icons. We'll jump back here and I'm going to go ahead and play my video and I'm going to look at my automators to see if they're spiking the way that they should So we're making one of my favorite things right now and this is a honey barbecue chicken pizza.
>> Now, I would normally go through this painstakingly and listen to the whole show. For this video, I'm going to jump to where I may see some problems. >> And you can smell the food. It's because I see my audio levels were higher. Now, this could have been because the microphones were further away and my voice was softer. >>But sometimes you just accidentally will grab an audio level meter and suddenly you'll have this booming sound coming into your show. >> (UNKNOWN) (INAUDIBLE) Real Good.
That at first blush might be nice, but one of the reasons I turn on my wave forms because I can see where the audio does get louder. I look at the meter on the right to make sure it's not dramatically different than the earlier audio in my program. And it is, it actually peaks at a little bit above minus 6. And I can easily move that down by pulling it but it's easier to use a keyboard shortcut. The left and right brackets will move the audio up and down on any clips that may be selected.
And you can select multiple clips. And if no clips are selected, it will move the audio up and down with a play head as part. So, literally by hitting the Bracket key once, it brings it down one decibel level. I'm going to go ahead and play it back. And I can actually do this on the fly. >>Neatness does not count. >>Neatness does not count. It's totally fine. >>Okay. >>So I can see my levels. Hear my levels and adjust them on the fly while I'm editing. If you hold the Shift key down, you'll actually jump three decibels at a time, and that's great if you know audio is really, really loud. Let me just go ahead and manually pull this down here And if I know it all came from the same source I could possibly use copy and paste attributes and bring my audio levels to a consistent level.
But again, you should always listen. Now, there's a lot more detail you can go through when finishing. The key thing is to watch it over and over again. And often watch it with somebody else in your edit suite just to catch any mistakes that might be there. But for now, I think we finished this program enough, and we're ready to output.
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