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A dedicated transition to the audio track

A dedicated transition to the audio track By Le Papy - Last updated on Saturday, August 13, 2011
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Category: Tips & Tricks Hollywood FX special effects  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Created on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:59 AM
 

We are often interested in transitions between images, but rarely to the transitions between sounds. Years ago, I had made something special with a transition from HFX I use regularly. I thought it might interest some beginners. Then, let the old Studio users forgive me...

Step 1 : The motivations

When you have two clips on your video track, you have several methods to ensure a transition between two clips. The simpler remains the cut that is to simply put the two clips butt. Then you can use transitions, from the simplest to the most elaborate, for a smooth transition from one clip to another. In all cases where you use a transition, this transition provides the simultaneous transition of the video track and the transition of the audio track.

In the same vein, you have the "A / B Editing" which brings you to insertion editing, L and J cutting. I will not elaborate more on these points that are well covered in the online help of your software or your paper manual. In all cases, you will find all information relevant to the heading "A / B Editing".

Studio has proposed a solution (See Audio Transition in help) that never really gave me satisfaction :

You should lock the video track to drag a transition only on the audio track and :

  • In version 9 only "fade" was working;
  • In versions 10 to 14 the "fade" works but all other transitions "disolve" functions as J cut.
Step 2 : The solutions proposed by Studio (not too documented in the help ...)

An overview of Studio proposals :

A Studio "fade" audio transition. The Studio fade audio transition
A Studio "disolve" audio transition. The disolve audio transition in Studio
Step 3 : Use transition 305-sound

To begin, drag your two clips on the Studio video track.

Two clips insertion on Studio video track

I have 10 seconds in the first clip of "OurFunVacation" and 7 seconds in the third, so we have very different sounds on the audio track. We pass instantly from the sound of water to the train noise. Perhaps the sound effect is good ... but if you find it too brutal, you can then correct the audio track without playing with volume modifications while mixing sounds from the two clips.

"Sound" transition insertion

You insert the transition 305-sound between the two clips and you give it long enough (I stretched the transition to 5 seconds in this example). This transition is neutral for the video track and as you can see, the transition of the audio track is balanced by default. But you can unbalance it if you want.

Locking the satisfactory soundtrack

You start by "blocking" the volume of the clip that you seem to have the proper volume level.

Blocking the soundtrack to edit

You then adjust the volume of the clip that you believe should be changed. In the example above, I changed to lower the volume of the last clip.

It is not more complicated than that, just if you have the good stuff ...

Step 4 : Bonus

You can find the transition 305-sound in our Free HFX page with all other effects and transitions available.

{Thanks to saby who translated this tutorial from french to english and cross-checked it}

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Gert Reitner By # Gert Reitner @ Wednesday, November 25, 2009 7:25 AM
At last " SOUND Advise " ! Great stuff , please keep it up !!

Peter Roeland By # Peter Roeland @ Sunday, November 29, 2009 2:45 AM
Hey guys,

This is great, BUT did you know you can do this without a transition 305 !!!!

It really simple. "Lock" the video track on the time line you want to edit.
Leave the audio track UN-Locked
Go to you transitions tab, select 2D and then grab the cross fade transition and drop it on the audio.You can increase and decrease the amount of fade by dragging as you do for the video transition.
Follow the instructions from Le Papy to adjust the track volume.

Keep the help coming

Kind regards
Peter Roeland

saby By # saby @ Sunday, November 29, 2009 6:15 AM
Hello Peter.

As always, there are several ways to do something. Le Papy proposed a method and we thank you for offering yours (this is the one shown in step 2).
We must nevertheless note that Studio often refuses to insert a transition on the audio track unlocked when the video track is locked in stating as a reason "Could not drag on existing audio clip" or "clip too short for the transition" .

Peter Roeland By # Peter Roeland @ Monday, November 30, 2009 3:27 AM
Hi Saby,
Hmmm very interesting comment.
Yes, I find many ways to do the same thing in Studio.
Sounds like I have been lucky in doing things my way. I have not have any problems with Studio refusing to accept a transition.
I am able to perform the audio cross-fade without having to do a J or L cut.

I think this is great that we can all help each other and make each other aware of different problems other users have.
Le Papy's solution is sound (excuse the pun) and is excellent for people having problems. I am very grateful for the help given and I will continue to add helpful comments if I can.

Thanks for the great work

 
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