Boost your efficiency with our favorite tutorials on the basics of recording, editing, and correcting audio files. Everything for video editors and filmmakers.
Audio can make or break your project. If it's good, your audience will experience complete immersion in your story. If it's bad, you lose their attention almost immediately. This is not new information. But it's always worth reconsidering as audio is such an important part of the narrative process.
With your sound success in mind, we've put all of our favorite audio tutorials in one place. If you're just starting out, watching these tutorials is a smart step in learning the basic basics of good audio recording and editing. If you're more experienced, this is the perfect opportunity for a quick refresher, yes?
Of course, one of the hardest steps in the video editing process is finding and setting a specific song or score for your project. As mentioned above, this music will have an impact on the audience's experience. So picking the “right” songs is important and you don't want to break your budget for something that you end up changing.
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1. Record audio as a solo filmmaker
Before we dive into post-production, it's important to outline a few basic steps to ensure you have good, clean files to work with in the first place. You may be sent MP3 or WAV files from production, or you may be recording audio as you record after editing everything together. Lewis McGregor explains how to choose your recorder, mixer and boom. A seasoned solo shooter, Lewis knows exactly how to efficiently record the best audio with extremely limited resources.
2. Understanding the basics in Premiere Pro
This Adobe tutorial shows you how to handle audio clips on your Premiere Pro timeline in an easy way. The video covers using the Pen tool, tracks keyframes, volume, and gain. These adjustments and tweaks are simple, but essential to effective video editing. Your video needs to be mixed well – a balance between what we see and what we hear – or your video will not be observable.
3. Editing audio in DaVinci Resolve
Editing audio in DaVinci Resolve is so much easier than you might think at first. If you watch tutorials on this, you can see that the workflow involves using Fairlight Section of Resolve. This is where you access the audio editing function. This video is perfect for anyone new to the software or switching from Premiere or FCPX. It's an amazing guide to what to expect, and it explains how to find some of the tools that you are already familiar with from other programs.
4. Editing audio in Final Cut Pro X.
Understanding levels requires years of video editing experience. In this video by Chadwin Smith, we cover the basics of working with and correcting audio in Final Cut Pro X. The video delves into some editing theory of how your layers should flow with dialogue and music. This is necessary to understand how audio provides the video on your timeline and creates a fully professional end product.
5th EQ Masterclass
Microphone company Deity walks us through a deliciously detailed tutorial on understanding the pros and cons of working with EQ. This tutorial explains what to expect when opening or applying a parametric EQ effect to your audio clips.
Whether it's high frequencies (loss of clarity) or editing the pitches and tones of inconsistent vocals, this tutorial is essential for any editor – if only because you inevitably get terrible audio files and are prompted, a miracle to accomplish. In addition to troubleshooting problems, the tutorial also covers creating and applying effects to voices and sounds.
The tutorial uses Premiere, but the ideas and explanations can be applied to FCPX and Resolve. Most of the EQ effects can be found in every NLE.
6. Make your audio sound incredible in Premiere Pro
Matt Johnson acts as the second part of his original video to record audio and gear recommendations and walks us through his mixing process to edit videos. Although this tutorial is for a wedding video, it is a recorded dialogue that needs to sound clear.
In the example he's working with, the dialog is inconsistent in terms of volume and overall quality so he describes in detail how the Multiband compressor Plugin can help turn things around. After he tells you how to set this effect, he'll show you how to save it as a preset so you can use it later.
7. Clean up loud audio in less than 30 seconds
In this rapid-fire video from the Shutterstock tutorials, learn how to reduce noise in Premiere and Audition in just three easy steps.
First, Right click on your clip and press Edit the clip in Adobe Audition. Basically you will only find a section in your clip without a dialog, select it and press Effects> Noise Reduction / Restoration> Capture Noise PressureClick anywhere on the timeline, then return to Effect> Noise Reduction / Restoration> Noise Reduction (Process) then press Apply. You will see the entire clip highlighted Command> p.. This will place it back in Premiere as a corrected clip. If you are interested in reducing noisy videos, Shutterstock tutorials can help too!
8. DIY sound effects at home
This tutorial is a master class for learning quick sounds and sound effects right in your home – and all you really need is your phone. Why is this perfect for video editors? If you are editing audio, you probably don't have enough audio clips to work with. Plus, you could always use more depth when it comes to sounds, right?
9. Recording dialogue: Mono vs. stereo
Understanding how audio is recorded can do wonders for your understanding of how to edit audio files. Presented as a question and answer video, this video covers almost everything you want to know about working and correcting audio files, as well as the basics of microphone patterns. This general understanding of solid production practices can help improve communication between video editors and production as it creates a common language with the crew members performing audio.
10. Tips for better audio quality on set and in your editing
Anthony from PremiumBeat will be back, explaining the basics of audio transitions, soundscapes, and filling the empty space within your editing. You may be stuck in your scenes with empty space. Perhaps starting a new song, cutting to a new scene, or even ending a scene may not be entirely appropriate. So Anthony goes into what you can do with what you have and how to use audio to add depth and rhythm to the tempo of your editing.
As with any editing step, it can be difficult to choose the music to play above or below your footage. Remember, PremiumBeat's new music subscription can fix this song selection problem by letting you download multiple songs to try out with customers (without breaking the bank). Check out our impressive Music collectionFind some titles that will inspire your creativity and start your subscription.
Ultimately, the audio editing is intimidating. It's intimidating to record or work with audio in any way. But as with any part of video production, the first step to mastering is to just do it.
Start recording one file, one more, and one more until you are comfortable working with microphones, recorders, and handling files of any kind in your editing software. It's all about practice!
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