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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.
Frequently, you're going to want to work with video as you work with a multitrack file, and you can actually add a video track to your multitrack session, and then, observe the video and adjust your audio accordingly. Let me show you how to do that. First of all, we'll track down a little video file here, by double-clicking here in the Files panel and then selecting this video over here and clicking Open, that adds the video file to our Files panel. I'm going to drag this to the header here any header will do even down here in this multitrack file and let it go, and that'll automatically create a video track up at the top with that file in the video track.
I'm going to undo that though and show you one other way to do that. I'll right-click and Delete Track. You can also add a track, and then drag the file to it. Let me just show you how to do that. You go Edit>Track>Add a Video Track it always puts it on the top. I'll drag this guy to the header, because it automatically then places it at the beginning and now you can play the music with this video, but you're probably thinking wouldn't it be nice if we could see the video Jeff? Yes it would be. So let me just drag this thing up here, so can see the video because that's the Video panel there, but I'm thinking yeah wouldn't it be nice if the video were on top? And that's where the workspace comes into play.
I can go Window>Workspace>Edit Audio to Video, and there you have it put the Video right above the multitrack file. And this gives you the chance to say okay maybe I want to tone down some of these fine levels to match the images or I want to shorten it or lengthen it or drop out of track or whatever as you adjust your audio to fit the video. One of the little thing when you're working in a multitrack file is that you can't really do much editing with this audio. You can raise or lower it and pan it, but you can't go beyond that in terms of adding effects to it or what have you.
If you're working on this as a separate file if I double-click this and open that as a file I could apply effects to it here, but when I'm working inside the multitrack session it's actually a piece of audio has been added to the multitrack session separate from the original file and if I want to edit that audio, I need extract it. And you can see its a little back can't let you do that. So I'm going to see click that to extract the audio, and that'll add a separate audio track, a stereo track in this case. And there is that stereo audio track, which then I can click Edit and do all the edits I would normally do inside the multitrack session with this audio from that original video file without affecting the original video file.
I'm only affecting the audio inside the multitrack file, which is, I reminded you before, it's just a collection of audio files all put together in one large file whereas the original audio whether it's in an audio only file or inside a video file remains unchanged. So, that's how you work with video inside a multitrack file.
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