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By David Franz | Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Adding a soundtrack to a video with Adobe Premiere CS6 and Audition CS6

It’s a fact that Adobe Premiere CS6 and Audition CS6 tend to play nicely together. It’s this compatibility that makes it very easy and convenient to use these two applications together when working on a video project that has any sort of audio component. While Premiere does have some very basic audio editing functions, Audition is a much more fully-featured application for audio recording, editing, and mixing requirements. So, using Audition specifically for editing and mixing dialog, sound effects, music, and foley, is a good way to improve the sound of your video’s soundtrack.

When adding music to video, Audition makes it easy to create fade ins so your music doesn’t come in too quickly, fade outs so the music doesn’t end abruptly, and crossfades to smoothly transition between two pieces of music. It’s also very easy to make volume adjustments, like “ducking” the music track under a voiceover track so that the music doesn’t overpower the voiceover.

Audio fade-in being added to music in Audition CS6.

Audition makes it easy to create fade ins so your music doesn’t come in too quickly, fade outs so the music doesn’t end abruptly, and crossfades to smoothly transition between two pieces of music. Here, we see a fade in being added to a piece of music.

Editing a piece of music is also pretty simple in Audition. Grabbing the beginning or ending of a track to shorten or lengthen it is as simple as clicking and dragging. The snap feature in Audition also makes it really easy to align pieces of audio and video together.

In this tutorial from chapter eight of Audition CS6 Essential Training, author Garrick Chow shows you how to add soundtracks or audio clips to video files that have been imported into Audition—a great demonstration of how to utilize Audition and Premiere together.

Interested in more? • All audio courses on lynda.com • All courses by Garrick Chow on lynda.com • All Audition courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:• Premiere Pro CS6 New Features• Fundamentals of Video: Cameras and Shooting• Finale 2012 Essential Training• Foundations of Audio: Compression and Dynamic Processing

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