Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Changes to the Audio Mixer and Audio Meters panels, part of Premiere Pro CS6 New Features Overview.
The Audio Mixer panel and Audio Meters panel in Premiere Pro CS6 have been redesigned to bring them into closer alignment with the same panels in audition. These changes make these panels easier to use and adds more features. Let's compare the Audio Mixer panel in Premiere Pro CS5.5 with the Audio Mixer panel in Premiere Pro CS6. Here on the left, is the Audio Mixer panel in Premiere Pro CS6 and here on the right, is the Audio Mixer panel in Premiere Pro CS5.5. The most obvious change after the redesigned visuals, is that some items have been reordered.
So that the track name which was at the top, is now at the bottom. And the Automation mode and track output assignment have been brought together, so they're closer to the center. Also the time code indicators are now at the bottom instead of at the top. Beyond these cosmetic and organizational changes, there's some new features. If you drag a Fader off of zero decibels, and then double-click, the Fader returns to zero decibels.
Same thing happens on any of the tracks. Double-click, and back to zero. This is very useful for setting a track back to a base line. You can now right-click or Ctrl+click on Mac OS in this audio meter area, and get some options. Reset indicators, resets the peak indicators within the meters, show valleys, shows areas of low amplitude. Show Color Gradient is the default and shows a smooth gradient from green to red.
Let's actually look at the appearance here. Exit out of that menu, and I"ll hit Spacebar to play some audio. (NOISE) So as you can see we had a smooth gradient in our meters panels there. So I'll switch Show Color Gradient off by right-clicking and deselecting Show Color Gradient, and now when I press the Spacebar to play audioMUSIC.
You see that we simply had rectangles of green, yellow and red with no gradients. We can also choose what range to show, and whether to show Dynamic peaks or Static peaks. If you choose Static peaks, the yellow peak indicator will stay at the highest position without falling back. Whereas Dynamic peaks will leave the yellow peak indicator at a position only for a few seconds, and then it will fall back so that you can see a more local peak.
Let's see this in operation to get a better understanding. So I'll leave dynamic peaks selected and I'll hit Play to play some audio, and watch how the yellow peak indicators move. (music playing) Notice how the yellow peak indicators only stay in their position for a few seconds before then showing the peak within the law few seconds. If I choose Static peaks and now hit the Spacebar.
(music playing) Notice that the yellow peak indicators are remaining in position even after I've stopped playback. To make them go away, I just have to right-click and choose Reset Indicators. Note, all of these same controls are also available in the newly designed Audio Meters panel, which is here. Right-click and I have all of the same controls.
The Audio Meters panel in PremierPro CS6 also has the new feature of being able to solo, one channel, or another. If I click Solo Left Channel and then hit the Spacebar to play. (music playing) Notice that it was only showing the left channel, and only the left channel was playing audio. We can do the same for the right channel. I'll press the Spacebar. (music playing) And I'll deselect Solo Right Channel, so that now both will play.
I'll hit the Spacebar again. (music playing) Another handy feature of the new Audio Meters panel, is that it scales much more nicely than the old version. I'll expand this by just dragging, and then I'll hit the Spacebar to play. (music playing) And if I were to make it more of a horizontal panel by say, docking it at the bottom of the Audio Mixer panel. Now, if I hit the Spacebar to play.
(music playing) It adapts to give us horizontal bars. Compare this to the old Audio Meters panel. I'll hit Play,MUSIC. And it doesn't matter how I resize the old panel, it doe not adapt. So, you can see that there are several aesthetic and functional changes in both the Audio Mixer panel and the Audio Meters panel, that make it easier to monitor your audio.
- User interface improvements
- Importing and sequence setup improvements
- Editing improvements
- Effect improvements
- Performance improvements
- Audio improvements
- Exporting improvements
- Miscellaneous new and removed features