Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding clip effects, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Audio Finishing Techniques.
- So we've explored quickly switching between track level control and clip level control in the timeline as well as how to keyframe at both levels. I want to wrap up this chapter showing you one more thing. That's adding effects to individual clips on the timeline. You're probably thinking to yourself, Rob, I kinda know how to do that. I can add effects to video shots. Isn't it the same thing? It is, but I want to show you a couple interesting things about doing this on audio clips. Let me show you what I mean. Here on timeline 02_05, I have just a single clip of audio.
What I want to do is add an effect to this clip. No doubt you've added video effects to video clips in the past. How we add an audio effect is extremely similar. All you need to do is navigate over to the Effects panel, this guy right here. Then there's an Audio Effects bin, which I've already twirled open right here. In this Audio Effects bin, you'll notice it's just one long list of effects. Unlike their video cousins, they're not organized into different categories, just one long list.
The cool thing about audio effects is that you can apply them to an individual clip or you can also apply them at the track level using what's called an Insert on the Audio Track Mixer. We'll talk about that in the next chapter. For right now I want to apply an effect just to this individual clip. What I'm gonna do is select this Reverb effect and just drag it right onto this clip. When I do, notice that the clip becomes highlighted, just like that, little pink outline right around it.
I'll let go, and now I've added that effect. Just like a video clip, if I select this audio clip and then come up to my Effects Controls Panel, which is just right here, you'll notice that I have this effect added, Reverb. Just like a video effect, many of the controls are exactly the same. For example, I can toggle the effect on or off just by pressing this fx badge. There it's off, and there it's on. On this Reverb effect, if I twirl open the individual parameters, here I can see every single parameter that's available to me inside of this effect.
If I make this window much bigger by pressing the grave or tilde key, and then I show my keyframe area right here, which you can toggle open and closed just by using this arrow right there, you can actually keyframe any of these parameters. While I sometimes like working sort of in the numbers and kind of keyframing values right here in the Keyframe Editor, I find a better way of working with audio effects is in a graphical way. To do that right here where it says Custom Setup, I'll click the Edit button. When I click the Edit button, up will pop this Editor window.
Not every single audio effect is going to have this Editor window, but newer effects, VST effects and so on, will have this Editor. I can effect various properties much like I would on a mixing board or a piece of outboard gear. So, for example, maybe on this particular clip I really want to make the reverb sound crazy, so I'll adjust the size way up. I'll make it really present in the mix, and you can see as I do that, sort of this area up here, this graphical view is changing.
I'll adjust the pre-delay there. Sure, let's take a listen to see what we got. - These offers can lead to damaged credit, higher debt, and ultimately-- - Obviously, I wouldn't use that in the final piece, but you can see that it's really easy to add the effect and then tweak it. In previous movies in this chapter, we took a look at using parameters down here on the timeline. We mainly worked with volume. But don't forget that you can right click on this little fx badge and then you can see any effect that you've added to this clip, and then any keyframable parameter for that effect.
So, for example, if I come to size right here, and choose to show that envelope, here's the size envelope right there, I control or command click on the line right here, and then control or command click again, I can bring this keyframe all the way down. So what's gonna happen here is that we'll have a highly effected clip that will then eventually fade down to a very small size, making the reverb sound less present and less noticeable. - These offers can lead to damaged credit, higher debt, and ultimately the loss of your home.
- Because we did such an extreme change, we obviously heard it, but the point is is that I can keyframe any parameter of an effect just by right clicking on that badge and then choosing the particular parameter I want to adjust. If you don't like keyframing here in the timeline, remember you can always come back up to the Effects Controls Panel, and then you can adjust your keyframes and manipulate parameters up here. When it comes to clip effects, how do I choose what I add to a clip and what I'll later show you, on what I add to a track? Well, normally speaking I add clip level effects when they're only needed for an instance of a clip, and not for the entire track.
Maybe I have a piece of dialogue that needs a little EQ, or a little compression. I'll add that on the clip. If I need to adjust an entire track like maybe I'm trying to limit the level of some voiceover, well then I'll use track level effects. As I said, we'll talk about that later on. Adding and manipulating effects on audio clips is a very similar process to visual effects. One of the things that I love about working with audio effects on the timeline is that I can see different parameter envelopes.
Remember, an envelope is just a line that I see for a given parameter when I choose to display it on the timeline. By doing that I can quickly see how effect is lining up with other mix properties, like volume and panning. I think working with effects on the timeline is a really powerful way of working.
Watch the companion course, Premiere Pro Guru: Video Finishing Techniques, for more information about finishing the visual elements of your projects.
- Working with others
- Exporting audio tracks and video references
- Keyframing clip and track properties
- Using Premiere Pro's mixers
- Adding effects with compression, gain, normalization, and EQ
- Fixing audio issues with Audition
- Making your audio broadcast-legal
- Outputting stems