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Audio Sweetening

Lesson 39 from: Photo + Video Fusion

Vanessa Joy, Rob Adams

Audio Sweetening

Lesson 39 from: Photo + Video Fusion

Vanessa Joy, Rob Adams

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39. Audio Sweetening


Class Trailer

Day 1


9:00 am - Introduction to Vanessa and Rob


9:30 am - What Is Fusion?


Equipment for Fusion


Editing Overview and Equipment Q&A


Video Lingo


Setting Up Your Camera for Video & Audio




Lesson Info

Audio Sweetening

So we spent some time doing visual sweetening I guess you could call it editing the photos and the video clips and although britain beginning infusion you may or may not use the audio portion rob is going to use a program that really easily sweetens audio and correct some of the problems yeah when we talk about what audio sweetening is and this really kind of brings us into the deep end of the pool a little bit this's a little bit more advanced but it's very useful when you're a beginner and you're just starting to get into using external digital audio recorders and lava lear microphones on people for trying to capture those moments like the speeches and the values and that's everything and audio sweetening is the process of enhancing that audio and also the process of removing any unwanted sounds because as we talked about in the second day and I think a little bit on the first day there's a lot of things that could happen to audio teo degrade its quality so I'm gonna show you guys a ...

quick method using a program called sound soap sound soap to ok it's available at most of the major retailers as a downloadable and physical dvd for physical cd program and what sounds so does is removes unwanted noise and this is very common you could be in a church you could be an onsite ceremony or you could be filming a senior and you may have him might or the subject might. And then air conditioning units tend to, you know, make a room sound heavy. There's a lot of noise in the background. Like, uh, like a low rumbling or something like that sounds so full. Identified that sound. Remove it for you. So I'm gonna give you a little bit of a tutorial on how to use that. I'm simply going to go here to my folder venice, and robs the same folder that contains all of our images that we've been using. And we have a folder in here called wedding and in our wedding is our wedding audio folder. Ok. Now what we have here is from yesterday's. Shoot. We used our external digital recorders a total of three times when we did the speech and the bride's mom got up and gave a little speech. We had her. Mike, this is her audio file. This is the officiant audiophile during the ceremony. And this is the vows. This is the microphone that I had on the groom during that time. Okay, so I can actually open these up by selecting injust previewing it is a people in our lives, especially those of you who are watching at home on www dot creative live dot com. To how she learned very early on how to get her own way okay, so that's our mom's speech and then our officiant you're here talking with a day to celebrate the joining of dawn and dema in the bond and covenant of marriage do you hear are nice and clear days that's because we have a microphone so close to his mouth is right on the officiant scope so sounds great and that our groom you're my best friend my soulmate little bit low, right? Well why is that? Well, this could be it for a couple of reasons yeah could because we had the microphone a little bit lower on him I think more of it is because we didn't have his input level set high enough I was probably trying to be a little conservative and not over modulate him I didn't know how loud he was going to speak and I think that the officiant we purely got a little bit lucky I was glad that he didn't speak any louder than that because they probably would have distorted the audio but we're in such a rush things were happening so fast and you'll find yourself in this very same situation so it's always better to err on the side of caution and keep the audio a little bit lower on the record because we can always enhance that and then we can remove the background noise that comes along with that all right, so what we're going to do is use this program called sound soap and the first thing I'm going to do is open it down here on my dock sounds up to and it's a simple little standalone program you know, what we're going to do is open one of these audio files into a file open media file I'm gonna navigate to my appropriate folder rob letting on audio and let's grab the mom's speech and let's see what we can do with this. Okay, let's, just listen now what? What it did is it loaded in here? But there's no real visual indication that it's there, all right? You just have to assume by what it says appear of the top mother's speech wave file. Okay, I'm just gonna play this using the play button and listen for any noise, okay? You're kind of hearing talk and give instruction from that day I want to thank all of you for being here to share this wonderful occasion to celebrate this day with us. You are all truly special family and friends and we're grateful to have such amazing people in our lives. I'm gonna pause it right here it's a little difficult to kind of hear on the house speaker's here than any noises in the background, but I know for a fact I was into it last night and this morning there is like this kind of noise in the background it's just coming from the room we had all these cameras going in all this equipment and things like that all of the red that you're seeing here in this in this visual illustration represents the noise, okay? And the darker color represents quality salmon or sound that seems like the program says should be there like that's the upfront sound that was being recorded by the mike so what we're gonna do and this could be more of a visual illustration. I don't know if the folks at home can kind of see or hear this a little bit better, but I'm going to take this very beginning part where we don't hear the mom talking okay? And I'm gonna tell sound soap to learn this noise okay? So I'm going to select learn noise and then play on what it's when I hit play what's gonna happen it's going to play for two seconds it's going to identify the noise and it's going to remove it? Watch this now if we hear her talk let's see what happens good evening, everyone. I want to thank all of you for being here to share this wonderful occasion again it's a little hard to hear, hear to celebrate it has removed the background that I can use this enhanced slider and we're grateful to have such amazing people in our lives. Okay, now the thing to be careful with here is the more noise that you remove from the background, the more the voice is going to sound like it's underwater, it gets sort of this algarve early kind of tone to it, and you don't want to have too much of that, but you do want to be able to remove the noise, so these tuners up here will allow us to find actually those of you who are watching at home on www dot creative live dot com. My daughter has always been a princess from the way she used to play dress up with her grandmother's dresses to how she learned very early on, okay, I'm pretty happy with that, from what I can hear from the studio monitors, which is not really right in front of me, so I can't really tell, but it sounds that seems to be okay, and people the home will probably tell me differently. But it's okay, what we've successfully done there was remove all the back the background noise, which is fantastic. So this program called sounds up to will really give you the ability to do that. There are other methods to do it, other programs I find this to be the quickest way, and when you're done, you simply click apply and it's going to apply that to the entire sound clip that today don you really are a beautiful princess okay, so that sounds good now I'm happy so if you ever run into an issue where you have bad audio try removing the background sounds sounds you will I'm confident you'll find the results very very good so when we're done we have to save it out to a new file I don't want to overwrite my old one in case I get into the editing program and realize all maybe I use too much sound removal and maybe it sounds too much two garbled so I want to see it as a new file so we're going to save as and it's always is away file by default you can change it to an a ii f rst two don't worry about those issues save as wave given a new name we're gonna call this mother's speech so I like to call it soaked just lets me know that I stopped it all right and we're gonna put that in the same folder that we did the other one so menace and rob wedding winning audio we'll save it in here so vanessa knows when she goes to use it later on that that's the one that was corrected and it's fast really fast and that's now we can kind of listen here just real quick if I just put noise on lee we may be able to hear just what it pulled out so let's give our bride. You made it basically took me out for everyone. I want to thank you. And it did take out a little bit of the higher end of the voice, so it is a little bit destructive. So you want to be careful about how much use but that's in principle the way to remove unwanted background noise and when you have, like, fluorescent lights, the lights, they give off a buzz, you hear that the background you could remove most of that and still keep your voice. Believe me, once you put this audio with music, it's gonna blend it and even better, and it'll sound better than it actually is. So I use this in my films, actually to doing film work, I washed you sound, so to make my audio sound better and when I put it under music or over music blends nicely so a great tool to know with sound soap. And when we get into my movie, then this is going to show you howto also pull out unwanted frequencies. Let's say we want to make her voice sound a little bit more basie we can bring up a little bit of bass and pull out any nasty, you know, tones or harsh sounding tones that we don't want it there so that in a nutshell that's audio sweetening and pretty pretty quick and simple sounds up to is available at being h you can just go on being in his web site and look it up you should be able to purchase it so I'll leave it at that any questions about all the you want the mike? Can you do that? Only if you record the audio file separately or could you do it with the road on board making found you probably could, but it depends on which circumstances you used it remember yesterday when we had it close to the bride's mouth? Yeah, yes, you could use it in that situation, it would probably remove some of that unwanted background noise remember how we had it set up for the for the the submission video here in the mike was very far away. Chances are you won't be able to use it there it's going to take out it's going to think your voice is the background noise and it's going to remove it in a nutshell? I mean that's the most simplest way I could explain it, but and then it wouldn't matter that it wasn't a dot wave file, right? What you'd have to do it if you wanted teo this sound, so we'll open your video file with audio attached to it but when you save it out, it's only going to say about the audio, so you'd have to sink that up somehow that with your video clip in a video editing program I movies not really soon it's do that any online we should address. Sory pretty good, just wondering. Sorry if you could provide some other potential software programs. Sure detectors adobe sound booth, which comes bundled with the dummy adobe production pack or prussian premium, is another program that does it it's a little bit more of a wave form analyzer wave form editing program so it's a little bit more advancing my dig deeper into their menu to try find the ability to do the background noise removal? Try the oval final cut pro ex has it built right in? I'm we had does have a built in, so we're going to show you that you can actually do what a very similar process in my movie. It doesn't give you as much control the sounds over, but it will basically say, check if you want to remove background noise and it'll analyze and take out what it thinks it's background noise, and then you can adjust the intensity of that, so, yeah, I move, you will be sound some of those other programs for you.

Class Materials

bonus material with purchase

Photo Video Fusion - Day 1 Slides.pdf
Photo Video Fusion - Day 2 Slides.pdf
Photo Video Fusion - Day 3 Slides.pdf

bonus material with enrollment

1000 Dollar Gear Wish List.pdf
Workflow - Adding Audio.pdf
Workflow - Fusion Album.pdf
Workflow - Fusion Slideshow.pdf

Ratings and Reviews


Worth every penny and then some! i just purchased the course and can't stop watching it. I normally don't give such high praise, but these guys turn out a very high end product and are so efficient with their workflow. The class was so full of information, they walk you through the process step -by-step, and take the fear out of photo and video fusion. I can see how the thought of adding video to your workflow can be intimidating, but Rob and Vanessa do an amazing job of simplifying the process and showing you which programs and scripts will make your life easier. This is THE photo and video fusion course to buy if you are contemplating adding video to boost your sales. Great job and thanks to Creative Live for finding such great instructors!

a Creativelive Student

Excellent presentation. In your presentation you modeled appreciation, support, affirmation and humility in a way that was inspirational. These characteristics together with a depth of knowledge in your topic area gave it huge integrity. Thanks!

a Creativelive Student

They were good as 'teachers'.Well organized. Rehearsed!! but they are also good at selling. I think this whole course was a big Ad campaign in a way for their sponsors like Animoto and especially for Their actions!! It actually turned me off. Felt like they were trying to sell me something- A live infomercial. Nothing against their work though.They gave you just enough info and tips but the rest really depends on their fusion actions and your skill. They Definitely get you excited to create your own though!

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