Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with music tracks, part of Audition: Mixing a Short Film.
We've now gotten to the point in our editing where this movie needs some music, especially the first daydream sequence on the beach. In this movie, we'll work through adding a music track and syncing it up to a specific location in the timeline. In the media browser here on the left, we can see two music files. Let's choose the one called The Trouble With. This is the music we'll use for the daydream scene. Let's right-click on this file and choose Open File. Audition automatically opens it in the Waveform Editor. I want to play a specific transition point in this music file that would be a good spot to sync up to something visual.
Let's take a listen. (music playing) Okay. You heard right about at this point where the drums come in, that's a great point to sync up to something. So let's drop a subclip marker here. You can do a subclip marker by going to Edit > Marker > Add Subclip Marker. Great! Now, we can save this clip. Now let's go back to Multitrack view by clicking the Multitrack button.
We'll open up our Music 1 track a little wider, because that's where we're going to put the music eventually. Next, we'll go into the Files tab in the browser. You should see The Trouble With audio file in there. Now, we'll find a point to sync that moment we found in the music up to in the timeline. The first dream sequence goes from color to black and white. That would be a good transition point. This happens around timecode 01:04:25:14. Let's find that. Okay, right about here.
Now we'll type M to drop a marker there in the timeline. This makes a white marker. Okay. Cool! Now, let's drag and drop the music file into this Music 1 track. Anywhere is fine. You should be able to see a little dotted line in the clip itself. That was our subclip marker that we made previously. So now to sync this up, all we need to do is line it up with the white marker we just made. So there we go. It's not lined up. Let's take a listen to how it looks and sounds in the timeline. (music playing) This works perfectly.
We'll now continue through and play some other music in the film, but this demonstration shows an easy way to sync not only music, but any clip, to a specific location within that clip.
This Adobe Audition course is an excellent companion to our video course Documentary Editing with Premiere Pro, which shows how to highlight a cause, express a point of view, and tell a story with Adobe Premiere Pro and some essential documentary editing techniques.
- Setting up your Audition workspace and project
- Exporting audio and video from Premiere Pro
- Editing dialogue
- Reducing hum
- Using background ambience
- Automating plugins
- Printing the final stems