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Working with surround sound

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Video: Working with surround sound

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.

Working with surround sound

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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  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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