A new Premiere Pro CC 101 tutorial
By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)
In our last lesson on working in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, we took a look at basic audio mixing. Let’s continue our look at audio by talking about how to mix via the keyframe method.
Now, before we being, I want to quickly mention where the keyframe method of mixing came from. You do have the ability to hook up an external audio mixer to Premiere Pro and mix your show/promo via the mixer, which will in turn adds keyframes to your audio channel. This “automation process” is the basis for keyframing audio in Premiere. To do this manually is actually very simple.
First, double click on your audio channel to access the Effects Controls (or single click on the track when the effects window is already open). Now, much like you would do with any other effect, simply add a keyframe for “Volume” at the start of your desired audio change. Next, move to where you want the audio to dip to, and add another keyframe with the desired audio change.
That’s it! You’ve just done a basic audio fade. This technique can now be done across multiple points on the same clip, to fade your music (or any type of audio track) up and down, as required, so it blends seamlessly into your mix.
The main difference between this technique, and what I showed you in the previous lesson is that the previous technique gives you a very visual representation of where your audio fades occur, which makes it easier if another editor is stepping into your edit, to make some changes.
Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.