May 19, 2015 at 11:54PM

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Help! Audio cleaning!!

I'm editing a short film for my friend, and this is the second time I am working with him. Initally, i thought I would only be doing the editing work, but due to the budget, which was nil, all the audio work landed onto me. I did a quick work, and the audio sounded okay, but too soft. How loud should the audio be?
And what softwares or plugins can I use inside Premiere Pro to clean up the audio, because last time, I just nested the sequence, exported them as mp3, used audacity to clean them up and also amplify them. Despite the amplification and rise in the Db in audio mixer, the audio seems a bit low, as you can see for yourself. Also, it would be nice to know how to make captions, 'cuz both the films are in my regional language, Kannada.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_k7dHiVIpA

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I do all my audio work in Sony Soung Forge, so I can't help with Premiere or Audacity specifics, but here are the basic steps I go through when processing audio...

1- Apply volume and audio compression to bring up all vocal scenes to an average of -6 dB ( I do this scene by scene )

2- Apply EQ to improve the tone of each audio recording

3- Apply noise-reduction in multiple passes to each scene ( you have to do this in multiple passes of weak NR in order to NOT distort the sound quality )

Listening to your video I can hear lots of problems, especially where too much noise-reduction was applied which results in greatly distorted sound.

If you can post a sample of your original audio in uncompressed WAV format, I'll process it and post a download link of my results.

Audio takes a lot of practice to learn the fundamentals of audio processing.

May 20, 2015 at 5:33AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks for the info!
This time round, the dialogues are little, but I'm relying on audio from camera for the places where there are no dialogues, just to capture the ambiance of the place, and give a natural background noise.
If you could help me process the audio which I have isolated from the video, it would be awesome :)

June 1, 2015 at 7:46AM

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Karthik Nair
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Hi Karthik,

I may not have time to process all of your audio, but I can help you learn to do some of this cleaning yourself.

You can start by sending me a sample of your audio in uncompressed WAV format ( you can put this inside a ZIP file ) that I can download and process.

One easy way to send the WAV sample to me is to open a free GMail account, and use the free Google DRIVE feature so that you can upload a file and then send me the link to download it. You will need to change the sharing of the file you upload to "anyone with this link".

Here's an email address you can use to contact me...

NfsSlacker@gmail.com

Talk to you soon.

- Guy

June 2, 2015 at 8:35AM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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Hi Karthik,

Let me recommend please, use lossless audio file formats to clean them up instead of .mp3's. The result would be much-much better.

Best,
Richard

June 22, 2015 at 4:52PM

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Richard T.
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