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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.
If you have the Adobe Production Premium Suite, you also have the application Adobe Soundbooth, which is meant for playing around with audio a little bit. It's a very simple, basic application, but it has some very cool features, as we'll see right now. And you don't have to be an audio guru or know anything about audio to be able to use this. This is an absolutely amazing feature for video editors. What we are going to be looking at is how to clean up audio blemishes. We have seen how to play with Photoshop, or maybe Premiere, to cleanup visual blemishes, but Soundbooth actually has a very visual way of cleaning up audio blemishes, which is so unique, and it's absolutely Soundbooth's best feature.
So we have, here, some audio and I want you to listen to this audio. We have a few things going on here. Number one, and actually very importantly, is we have background noise. And as much as we love to just cut out background noise, if you do mute background noise, even for a second, it will be very obvious to the viewer that there's been something wrong here. So we can't just mute all of our problems and expect them to go away. We've got to find a way to solve the problems and keep that background ambient audio going. So that's number one, we have ambient audio.
Number two, we have some weird whistle noise, and number three we have some ducks quacking kind of more in the background. So let's take a listen. So there is some quacking afterwards, but initially there are a couple of little whistles, and then just ducks quacking after that. So if you want to fix audio, what you do is you right-click on it, go down, at the bottom, choose Edit in Adobe Soundbooth, Render and Replace.
Once you select this option, Premiere will automatically launch Soundbooth for you and will also bring in that file, automatically. Now once here, you'll want to go to the View menu and you want to make sure that you're seeing the Spectral Frequency Display. By default, the regular view you'll see is this. It's just kind of like a regular waveform. It doesn't give you too much information. But if we go to View>Spectral Frequency Display, that's when you get all these cool predator-like colors that are awesome, and you can put your cursor in between these to resize this if you wan, you get a better view. But what this is is kind of like a visual readout of the sounds and it's more intuitive for those of us that maybe have a video background, and aren't super into audio.
But if you look closely, with a discerning eye, you can actually see the sounds. So right here, I want you to notice these little sounds right there. I'm just clicking and dragging to make a selection here just so you can see. You could see these little bursts, these little tiny like specks here almost. These represent the whistles and these other little blocks here, these represents the ducks quacking. So I'm going to play this again and as we play it back, look and notice and see if you can see these sounds in this Spectral Frequency Display format.
(bird noises) It's just amazing. But what's even better than that is that Soundbooth has Photoshop-like tools that we can use to - and actually let me just get rid of that selection area there - but we have Photoshop like tools, we have a Rectangular Marquee tool and even a Lasso tool. So we could go down here and we can click and drag a circle around these blemishes like we were selecting them as if they were some kind of visual problem like a pimple or something. We select them and we can hit the Spacebar to play them.
Here that, the little whistle. What we can do now is go to the Remove a Sound area in the left-hand side. If it's not showing, just click Remove a Sound, and then just go to Heal, Auto Heal. That's all it does. Couple of seconds later, you'll notice that there is no longer a blemish there, and not only that, but if I click to select the other whistle here, you will notice that it didn't leave some kind of gaping hole. It fixed it as if it were Photoshop and just kind of painted over the blemish. Now, let's listen to it. (bird sounds) The whistle is completely gone.
So we can select this other whistle here, just that little area, that little visual inconsistency, Auto Heal it. Boom! Gone. Let's take a listen. (bird noises) No whistles. What about the ducks quacking? (ducks quacking) Hear those ducks are quacking in the background? Let's do the same thing. Let's, this time, use the Rectangular Marquee tool. Click that up there in the upper left-hand side, there. Click and drag around these duck quacks. Auto Heal those and that one is gone.
Auto Heal this one, gone. Now, let's go back to the beginning, we'll play this, we'll notice there are no whistles and there are no quacks right there. (ambient noise) Just an emptiness where there once was quacks. (ambient noise) Isn't that remarkable? Absolutely amazing. So you could imagine, if you have some dialog and maybe there is somebody that drops something, the production crew or something like that, somebody makes a noise that they shouldn't have made and you need to clean up the audio.
Again, you don't have to be an audio genius. You could just use Soundbooth like this, and you could just hit Command+S or Ctrl+S on the PC to save this up. We go back to Premiere and the audio is automatically replaced, as you can see right here, and we can go back and play this audio, hit the Home key. Actually, let me select the Timeline panel first, hit the Home key, preview this. (ambient noise) The whistles, the quacks are gone in our Timeline automatically. We don't have to worry about re-importing or any of that stuff. All that stuff has been taken care of because of this link, this connection between Premiere and Soundbooth.
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