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In Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack demonstrates how to record, edit, optimize, and enhance audio using the professional tools in Adobe Soundbooth CS5. This course covers basic audio edits, such as trimming, fading, and panning clips, removing unwanted noise, enhancing audio with special effects, and creating stereo blends from multiple tracks. An overview of recording hardware and a detailed explanation of core audio concepts are included as well. Exercise files accompany the course.
Throughout this chapter, we've been talking about editing audio clips, that is clips that are audio only, but you can also edit the audio portions of a video clip that has audio. Let me just step you through that whole process, just to see how that works. We'll start by opening up a video file that has audio associated with it by double- clicking here in the Files panel, tracking down a video called horse-riding-final, opening that up and here's the audio. It opens up, as you'd expect audio to open up, (Horses galloping.) but since you're going to be editing the audio as it relates to the video, you probably want to change your workspace.
So, go to Window > Workspace > Edit Audio to Video. That pops up this little Video panel so you can see the video as you're working on it. (Video playing.) Now with the audio down here, you can do the same kinds of audio editing as you've been doing inside this chapter, including lowering the volume, raising the volume, deleting certain sections and cutting sections out, that kind of stuff, even changing Pitch and Timing, but the thing is when you delete something, for instance, let's just go here select that and press Delete, it won't shorten the length of the clip. It keeps it as long as the original video clip was. It's just going to be silent there now.
Press Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on the Mac to undo that. Or if I want to raise the volume of only one section, like this section right here, raise the volume there a little bit, quite a bit, actually. See how you can raise the volume of a particular section and you can also work with audio keyframes here. This the audio keyframe rubber band. If I want to want to have the introduction be a little more obvious with that sort of background noise, little birds tweeting in the background, I can click on this fella here.
Raise it way up and then drop the audio level perhaps over here as we go to the horse riding by, so it's not so loud when the horse goes by. So, you can use keyframes as well. (Video playing.) If I were to work with this in a multi- track file, which we talk about in an entirely different chapter, I might have, let's say, a narration going on and I want to adjust the volume level of the background with the narration, all those things can be done in Soundbooth working with video files that have audio associated with them.
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