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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.
Premiere Pro has a number of featured for working with 5.1 Surround Sound audio. I have this clip here. I have imported it into the Project panel. Just a basic wave file, but if I expand the Project panel, you can see that it is a 5.1 Surround Sound file. So, I'm going to add this to my Timeline panel and as I do, watch what happens. Notice that these are all stereos tracks. These two little icons here, they are speakers facing left and right that indicates that this is a stereo track. When I drag down my 5.1 Surround Sound audio, you can see there I have a clip down here at the bottom that's indicating this is going to have to make a brand new track for this audio because it is 5.1 and once it's does, you can see the 5.1, indicating that this is a Surround Sound audio track and when we go over to the Audio Mixer and expand this a little bit, we can see that it looks very different than the others and let's go ahead and play this back.
(String sounds) So you can see that the levels are showing up in the five different channels here and you'll notice that it's not actually not five channel its 5.1 or, in another words, 6 different channels. Essentially, what 5.1 Surround Sound is is it allows you to have a speaker in the left front, in the center, and in the right front, in the left rear and the right rear of your stereo system. Now, this is actually easier to see if we create a new sequence.
So right now, we're working in a stereo project, or stereo sequence and so we have this current 5.1 Surround Sound track in our stereo sequence. So what I'm going to do, instead, is I'm going to create a new sequence, but this time, I'm going to create a 5.1 sequence. Most of these presets are set for regular stereo audio, so what I want to do is - you can see this down here at the bottom, here Master track type: Stereo. What I'm going to do is go down to Tracks and under Audio, I'm going to change the Master from Stereo to 5.1 and then we'll go ahead and create one, 5.1 track and I'm going to leave this, actually I will just take this down to 1, but I do want to create 1 Stereo track to show you the difference.
I'm going to click OK here and we can import our 5.1 audio into our new Sequence and you'll see that the Master track now has 6 tracks instead of the regular five and here we have the track that we've added the audio to here. And what happens is if you try to bring in a regular stereo clip, it has to break out that stereo clip into 5.1 Surround Sound and so it gives us this visual demonstration with this little puck of where this sound should be coming from and so this little puck you could thing of as being the center of like your living room, with the 5.1 Surround Sound set up with you here in the center.
So here is the Left Front speaker, the Center Front speaker, the Right Front, the Right Rear, and the Left Rear speaker. And as you move this little hockey puck towards a certain speaker, that's kind of where the sound would be represented to be. So if you wanted it to sound like there was a sound coming from behind you while you're watching a movie, you can move this little puck back here towards one of back areas. Now, as mentioned, there is only five points here. There's five different speakers. The sixth speaker, in other words, the 0.1, is the low frequency sweetener.
The extra woofer that you have that has these really thick bass tones and so you could increase this. It's called the LFE. You can increase the bass going to the LFE by increasing this value right here and then you can increase the amount going to the center by increasing this knob here. So that's basically to compensate for using a stereo track in a 5.1 project. As you can see here, there is no balance, there is no panning in the 5.1 track and that's kind of one of the bummers about Premiere.
If you really want to have total control over what you do with your 5.1 audio and where the tracks are panned to then you want to use a program like Adobe Audition that has full features as far as moving things in 5.1 Surround Sounds space. Now, another interesting feature that you could use, is if you select the clip in a project panel and go to the Clip menu, go to Audio Options. You could select Breakout to Mono. Now, watch the Project panel when I do this. I want to choose Breakout to Mono and what that does is it creates six different tracks that are mono and so you could add these to a separate project and then independently move them around here so, let's say, for example, I'll take Surround Sound Channel 1.
I'll drag and I'll import that into my project and now that shows up as a mono track, here in the Audio Mixer. So I can independently adjust the level of one of the 5.1 Surround Sound tracks. I could also adjust where the 5.1 sound is going, where it should be. And so this isn't really full featured 5.1 Surround Sound, but this is kind of a workaround so you can play with and control the panning of Surround Sound audio files. It's not direct, but it does get the job done.
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