Join Paul Murphy for an in-depth discussion in this video How to use the exercise files, part of Audition CC 2018 Essential Training.
- [Narrator] If you have access to the exercise files for this course, you'll need Adobe Audition 2018 to open them. You check what version of the software you have installed by going to your Applications, and checking the year at the end of the application name. The exercise files will download as a single, compressed zip file. After unzipping the file, you'll see a folder that looks like this one over here. If you open the folder you'll see that we have a folder for each chapter of the course and each one contains files for each video.
At the very bottom we also have this folder called Media where all the assets for the exercise files are stored. It's important that you don't move these around or rename any of the files inside of the folder or it may make it difficult for Audition to locate them later. To show you what I mean, I'll load Adobe Audition CC 2018 and while this is loading I should mention this training applies to both Mac and PC. And although I'm working on a Mac, these files will work on either platform. To open up the first exercise file, I'm just going to choose File, Open.
Navigate to that exercise file folder and I'll just go to the first chapter in the course and the first file in the course 01_01_Interface.sesx. .sesx is Audition's multitrack session file format. So I'll just select it and choose Open. Now as you can see my files have relinked without any issues and this should be the case for most of you. But if you do get prompted to relink media, you're going to see a dialogue box that looks something like this.
Now you'll notice at the top here, it's telling me the name of the file and the name of the clip. The name of the file is the one that we want to look for. This is just the name of the clip inside of our project. This is what we need to look for on our harddrive. And in fact I can see that the file is here Liberty_50s.wav But if it hadn't automatically taken me to this folder I could just go back to my exercise files folder, go down to that Media folder, open up Audio, and Music and there's that file again.
So it's now relinked this file. I'll just select it and choose Open and everything should automatically relink after that. But if you haven't moved these folders around or renamed anything, they should relink automatically when you open your session. If you open a file, you might notice that Audition generates a smaller file with the same name and in the same folder, but the extension is .pkf. These are peak files and they help Audition speed up drawing waveforms when you open a file. Personally I don't find they make a big difference to my load times and they tend to clutter up my folders so I like to turn them off.
And you can do this as well by going to your preferences. If you're on a Mac you'll go to Adobe Audition, Preferences. If you're on a PC you want to go to Edit, Preferences. Go down to Media & Disk Cache. I'll just select this. And you want to make sure that this section down here 'Save Peak Files' is unchecked. So if that's unchecked you're all good and click Okay and it won't generate those files anymore. Of course if you find Audition is taking a long time to open your files, it's probably worth keeping this checked. Occasionally we'll also be working with Adobe's video editing software Premiere Pro and you may be prompted to relink media in this as well.
I'll open up Adobe Premiere Pro's CC 2018, and once you get to the Welcome screen, I'm just going to go and choose Open Project. I'll navigate to the Fast Track folder in my exercise files and I'll just open up the first Premiere project in that folder. I'll click Open. And again all my media has relinked automatically, but to show you what it would look like if it hasn't, I'll just select all of my clips in this timeline here, and choose File, and Offline, click Okay. And then I'll choose File, Link Media, and this is the dialogue box you'll see if you open up the project and it can't actually find that media.
So now all you have to do is select any one of these files to look for it by clicking on it and then choose Locate. Here's the name of the file that it's looking for at the top. I'm just going over here and choose my exercise files folder I'll go down to the Media and now rather than having to look for that specific file, all I have to do is go over here and choose Search and it will actually look through that folder for where that file is. I can see that it's found that file because up at the top here it's highlighted the matching file. You can see those two names match.
And now all I have to do is click Okay and it will actually bring all those other files back online as well. So that's how we get started with the exercise files in this course. If you don't have access to these files, I recommend following along with your own assets. So that's how we get started with the exercise files in this course. If you don't have access to these files, I recommend following along with your own assets.
- Customizing a workspace
- Importing a Premiere Project
- Removing unwanted sounds
- Importing audio and video files
- Reviewing audio terminology
- Working with the Waveform Editor
- Cleaning and repairing audio
- Creating a multitrack session
- Recording audio
- Using the Essential Sound panel
- Working with effects
- Exporting a session to OMF and XML