Learn How To Fly A Drone For Aerial Photos And Videos


Lesson Info

Adding Audio to Your Video Sequence

And what I wanna do now is bring in the audio. And we've got the audio right there, just drag it in. And as you can see, oh one little shortcut I use a ton is, actually in this case, I may not, well let me show you, if you wanna see everything that's on your sequence, the backslash key, you click on that, it shows everything. But what I want to look at specifically, is this music, for right now. So I'm gonna expand this, and you can see that the track lasts, I'll turn that down, the track lasts I don't know, about a minute and 15? So we need to cut out some music. So what I, think from a music background, I think of things in terms of beats and bars and measures and things tend to turn back around every four measures or eight measures, so what I mean by that is, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four. (recording plays) See that was eight bars of music, yeah? One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, and so r...

ight now we're at about 15 seconds in, so I know that we can chop out, potentially, that's basically, it was the same kind of intro. So that'd be an easy thing to chop out. So we're at about 14 seconds, I'm gonna save about seven seconds right there by just chopping out, I'm gonna keep the intro, 'cause that has a clean in, one two three four, (recording playing) Cool, so right there is where I want to start the cut, to cut the next four measures out. So what you can do, so right now it's set to when you advance, it's advancing every frame. So there's 24 frames per second, that's pretty course for audio-editing. So what you wanna do is go over here, not there, over here, and show audio time units, so that allows you to work at the resolution that the music's at, so now you can scrub through the music. You know, it's much more granular. It's gonna allow you to line up the music a lot better. So that bass note, boom, is kinda gonna be our spot that we're gonna want to mark, and as I zoom in with the plus, minus keys, we're gonna wanna hit that hit right there, so. (recording scratching) And that sounds crazy on the audio, but. But it's hard to be exact with that, unless you just either lift the waveform, or listen out for that kick. So what I'm gonna do is hit the C-key, C gives you the shortcut to cut, and then I'm gonna cut out the next four bars. So zoom out a little bit, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four, so right there is our next set of four bars, and let's just this time visually cut to it, so that's our hit, probably with our bass note, is that high point. I'll cut there and then just cut that out. Drag this over, we'll audition it. Okay, so we're actually changing the music around. That note actually went, I think, down before, and now it goes da-da-da-da, it goes up, you know? (recording plays) So it's kind of weird, right? Musically, it has a couple conflicting things going on. But, it's lined up pretty much, in terms of the beat. I'm just gonna sample it again. (recording playing) Okay, it doesn't work musically yet, but it works rhythmically, if that makes any sense. So what I'll do is then I'll hit the N-key, which is the rolling edit tool. And then I'll roll it back until it makes sense, If that makes sense. (laughs) So I'll roll it back to maybe this point. And actually, what you can do, is you can kind of judge some of this on whether it's gonna work by just looking at the waveform. If there's not a big discrepancy between the waveforms, then sometimes you'll get lucky and it'll work out. So let's hear what that sounds like, yeah. (recording playing) Yeah, so that works, right? So as long as you get those measures lined up first, and then you can use the rolling edit tool, and then you can start doing that. And just for good measure, let's just do a quick fade between the two, a cross-fade. Since we're working on a little screen, it's challenging sometimes. Come on, little guy! So anyways, that's the point we want to cross-fade. Just gonna use Constant Power, the way that I got there, by the way, is I already knew it existed, that effect, so I just typed "fade", I do this all the time, and then I'll choose "Constant Gain", "Constant Power", "Exponential Fade" and so you just have to try them out and see what you like, Constant Power works well enough for something like this. We'll just hear that seamless. Yeah, works good enough, good enough for me. So now, if we toggle back over, we're at 1:07. This is actually something that, music is something that I think is a challenge for folks wanting to share their work, like it can be one of the things that can be the most frustrating thing because you can certainly find some stuff, that's maybe free of whatever, but I mean, the music for me is just as much the thing. So like, I know Musicbed, they'll offer a license, like portfolio work, it's less than if you're doing commercial work, so for portfolio work it's 50 bucks. And that might seem to some like a lot of money, to spend on just a video that you're not getting paid to do, or whatever, but I think the video adds so much, like if you're trying to further your work and get your work out there, taking music seriously, it adds a serious, a touch of class, it just enhances the visual so much. To me, I can't imagine it without it. So even when I've been playing some of this stuff, you know, without the music, I'm like, "Ah, it's so much better with the music." So anyways, services like Musicbed.com, Marmoset, that's M-A-R-M-O-S-E-T, Marmoset, there's PremiumBeat, there's Soundstripe, Vimeo has their own music service, so Vimeo Music I think is what it's called. Sometimes, I'll even just get on, say, Spotify or whatever, and I'll listen to music, and if I find kind of like, an obscure band or whatever, where you can find their website, I'll just email them, say, "Hey I'm doing this thing, do you mind if I use your music?" You know, blah blah blah, and they're like "Yeah, cool," or they'll be like, "You have to go through my licensing agent," blah blah blah, and you so much kind of figure that out. But you don't want to be posting music you don't have rights to, so. Thankfully, Daniel let us use this for this course, and it happened to be very surf-y. (recording playing) So we have 1:08, okay, so what I'm gonna do is I've done a pre-edit on this too, but I wanted to show you my process in doing it. What I would do is I would cut another four measures out somewhere, I've done that. But one other thing I would do, too, is this ending, this is another opportunity to shorten it. So once it goes out of rhythm, where no longer, like, lots of beats. So a little trick you can do it just find out where that is, so about right there, doesn't have to be exact, and hit the C-key, and then just select the piece that you want to shorten, and then type the R-key, which all these shortcut keys, by the way, you can find by just hovering over the tool, so where you see the selection tool, V, A, all that kind of stuff, so I said to hit the R-key. I just know that that's the rate-stretch tool. So you know, there's like 10 different ways you can get to these things, but. If I go back here, I hit the R-key, the rate-stretch tool, and then I just compress it a bit, right? And then, there's an option if you right-click, and you go to Speed/Duration, and see you can type in the speed if you wanted to, but I just did it by hand. And then what you can do is you can click Maintain Audio Pitch, and it will maintain the pitch, you know, it won't speed up or make the pitch higher. So we'll audition that. (recording playing) A little bump in there, there's an audio glitch. That right there, we could probably solve with a cross-fade. Yeah, works out, right? So we'll cross-fade that, Constant Power, drag that in, see how that plays out. (recording playing) Worked out, so yeah, that's my process. Does anybody have any questions on that, just shortening up the clips? Adobe Audition actually has a feature where you can actually, it'll automate it. Like you just say, you select the piece of music and you just say how long you want it to be and it'll analyze the music and it'll try to, like, make it work out. But being a musician, every time I'm just like, "No, you should've," sometimes it works, but most times it's just better to go in by hand. Okay, so I'm going to show you what I ended up coming up with after all of this. If I can find my project panel. And that is sequences, it's this guy right here. Grab that, show that into our CL Edit, CreativeLive Edit, I'm gonna hit Shift+I to go to the beginning, and then just, there's no audio tracks to worry about, so I'm gonna hit Cmd+V to paste, and so right now (recording plays) That was our first edit that we did. I must have cut more out of that section just to shave some more time off and it just ended up working out. Cause if I scroll to the end here, see we're at 0:57 right now, and we're out. So we've got a good one-minute base now. Cool, so right now, I wanna keep some of the slo-mo aspects to it, but not at the expense of it just taking forever to get to the shot. So we're gonna do a lot of speed-ramping now, so let's, I mean, this clip is kind of cool, but I actually kind of like the next one, because I like the lighting in it. And it kind of introduces our surfer.

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