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Lifting little bits of audio up & down using keyframes in Premiere

Daniel Walter Scott

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Introduction

Hi everyone, in this video we're going to make these, these Audio Keyframes, because I speak really, quietly there for a section, but speak really loudly either side. So erasing the entire volume is not going to work. I need to raise just this little bit, so it kind of ramps up a little bit and then comes back down again. That is using Keyframes in your audio waveform. We're going to raise it up, we're also going to lower it down, where people are laughing through our wedding video. Let me show you how to do that now in Premiere Pro. 

To raise that bit up, I'm going to find it, and it's kind of towards the end, I kind of start really loud, and I always taper off, that's just, you can see most of my dialogue works that way. It's just a lot lower than this, you can see the peaks there. Now if you can't see the peaks very well, just remember you've got to drag this a bit taller, so you can see it, and what we're going to do as well is turn off the audio.
 
Everything is getting pretty tight down here. So what was the shortcut to go full screen? You ready? That's right, the Tilde key or the Grave key. Probably always going to remember it as the Squiggle key. So I can in here be very, more deliberate. In here I'm going to zoom in a little bit. I'm going to mute that track so I can't hear it. Listen to it, and you can kind of see through the peaks, that it just tapers off down here. So what do we do? We need to be able to see this line. So make sure it's nice and big, by dragging this, too low, can't see it. Nice and big. 

What I want to do is, we're going to learn a shortcut. So you hold down the 'Command' key on a Mac, or the 'Ctrl' key on a PC, and click the line once. I want to do it where you want to start the transition into making it louder. We don't want to instantly make it louder, we want to click about there once. So right here on we want it to increase gradually. And how long do you want it to increase? Maybe, we're going to make it like a little ramp. So click just randomly about there. So I can show you what we're going to do.

We're actually going to-- so we've got two lines, if we grab this, I'm not holding anything down, click, hold, and drag it up, you can see, I've kind of used those two dots to make a little ramp up. So I'll do it one more time, you can rewind, but I'll do it again. So I've undone a couple of times, 'Command' on a Mac, 'Ctrl' on a PC, click once, click again somewhere randomly. You can move them afterwards, you can drag this little blue dot anywhere you like. You don't have to drag the line either. Dragging the line just means it goes up and down, not left and right.
 
If you drag this dot you can get it any which way you like. You might decide that it's more of a progressive increase. So this is where I'm just going to listen to it, I'm not going to-- I've just kind of raised it up a little bit across there because it's so low. The actual waveform doesn't change shape. So you've got to kind of listen to it through your headphones. I'm going to hit the 'Tilde' key again, and just watch this little thing jump up down. Remember, if you're missing the numbers, just drag it out a little bit so you can see it, because it does want to disappear when it gets really low. So I'm going to watch it. Cool. So I've raised that up. 

Another one I want to do is, I've listened to this previously and I'm like, this bit in here, there's a bit about beginners, let me listen. Not that bit. That's it there, the complete beginner's bit. Some reason I start really loud and then I kind of whisper that bit. So zoom in again, I'm going to hit my 'Tilde' key so I can see it. This one we're going to make a little tabletop, this is a bit weird. So I'm going to do two this side, and when you get started just put them in, just two, just two either side so that you can grab the middle and raise it up. 

Can you see what I mean by the tabletop? It means there's a point where it raises up, and stays up for a little while but then comes back down, because this stuff is fine, for some reason I just whisper this bit. Now it's probably too high but I'm going to listen to it with my headphones. Yeah, so that sounds all right for me. I should probably check with the levels. Cool. 

So you can do that all the way along, be editing things, be kind of lifting this up and changing it. Got to remember that shortcut key. Remember, I've put all the shortcuts in an end video, and I've made a PDF, that should be in the exercise files, but holding down the 'Command' key on a Mac, 'Ctrl' key on a PC.

One thing I want to show you before we go is, I've actually secretly opened up the Wedding project to have open at the same time, two projects open, which is normally really difficult, especially when you're new, so don't do this, but I'm doing it just because I want to show you, earlier on when we did the Wedding, we did a special kind of way. We used the Razor Tool to cut out the sections. That is totally fine, you can still do that, but let's say that we didn't want to do that; I'm going to extend it out, as we could, instead of doing the cuts, is we could hold the 'Command' key down, make a little--

Doesn't even need to be a tabletop. All it did is we hadn't had that cut there. So let's actually delete that and just extend it out again. There it is there. So I'm going to make a little tabletop, and just drag that down. So instead of cutting it out we've done that. It might be a little bit more, less abrupt, where you can kind of do it so it kind of trickles off. So there's a little bit of something going on, but without it kind of just jumping in, or just cutting on or off. 

There's no real right or wrong, you can snip it, it's easy. I often do this for a little bit of graduation, a little ramp, and I just drag it all the way to the bottom. So you can drag it up, you can drag it down. You might have a couple of peaks that are just too high, compared to everything else, it might be easier, just to lower a couple of these little tippy-toppy peaks, where you yelled into the microphone, and everything else is normal and fine. 

All right, so that is adding Keyframes in Premiere Pro, or at least an audio. Let's get into the next video.

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Video transcript

Hi everyone, in this video we're going to make these, these Audio Keyframes, because I speak really, quietly there for a section, but speak really loudly either side. So erasing the entire volume is not going to work. I need to raise just this little bit, so it kind of ramps up a little bit and then comes back down again. That is using Keyframes in your audio waveform. We're going to raise it up, we're also going to lower it down, where people are laughing through our wedding video. Let me show you how to do that now in Premiere Pro. 

To raise that bit up, I'm going to find it, and it's kind of towards the end, I kind of start really loud, and I always taper off, that's just, you can see most of my dialogue works that way. It's just a lot lower than this, you can see the peaks there. Now if you can't see the peaks very well, just remember you've got to drag this a bit taller, so you can see it, and what we're going to do as well is turn off the audio. 

Everything is getting pretty tight down here. So what was the shortcut to go full screen? You ready? That's right, the Tilde key or the Grave key. Probably always going to remember it as the Squiggle key. So I can in here be very, more deliberate. In here I'm going to zoom in a little bit. I'm going to mute that track so I can't hear it. Listen to it, and you can kind of see through the peaks, that it just tapers off down here. So what do we do? We need to be able to see this line. So make sure it's nice and big, by dragging this, too low, can't see it. Nice and big. 

What I want to do is, we're going to learn a shortcut. So you hold down the 'Command' key on a Mac, or the 'Ctrl' key on a PC, and click the line once. I want to do it where you want to start the transition into making it louder. We don't want to instantly make it louder, we want to click about there once. So right here on we want it to increase gradually. And how long do you want it to increase? Maybe, we're going to make it like a little ramp. So click just randomly about there. So I can show you what we're going to do. 

We're actually going to-- so we've got two lines, if we grab this, I'm not holding anything down, click, hold, and drag it up, you can see, I've kind of used those two dots to make a little ramp up. So I'll do it one more time, you can rewind, but I'll do it again. So I've undone a couple of times, 'Command' on a Mac, 'Ctrl' on a PC, click once, click again somewhere randomly. You can move them afterwards, you can drag this little blue dot anywhere you like. You don't have to drag the line either. Dragging the line just means it goes up and down, not left and right. 

If you drag this dot you can get it any which way you like. You might decide that it's more of a progressive increase. So this is where I'm just going to listen to it, I'm not going to-- I've just kind of raised it up a little bit across there because it's so low. The actual waveform doesn't change shape. So you've got to kind of listen to it through your headphones. I'm going to hit the 'Tilde' key again, and just watch this little thing jump up down. Remember, if you're missing the numbers, just drag it out a little bit so you can see it, because it does want to disappear when it gets really low. So I'm going to watch it. Cool. So I've raised that up. 

Another one I want to do is, I've listened to this previously and I'm like, this bit in here, there's a bit about beginners, let me listen. Not that bit. That's it there, the complete beginner's bit. Some reason I start really loud and then I kind of whisper that bit. So zoom in again, I'm going to hit my 'Tilde' key so I can see it. This one we're going to make a little tabletop, this is a bit weird. So I'm going to do two this side, and when you get started just put them in, just two, just two either side so that you can grab the middle and raise it up. 

Can you see what I mean by the tabletop? It means there's a point where it raises up, and stays up for a little while but then comes back down, because this stuff is fine, for some reason I just whisper this bit. Now it's probably too high but I'm going to listen to it with my headphones. Yeah, so that sounds all right for me. I should probably check with the levels. Cool. 

So you can do that all the way along, be editing things, be kind of lifting this up and changing it. Got to remember that shortcut key. Remember, I've put all the shortcuts in an end video, and I've made a PDF, that should be in the exercise files, but holding down the 'Command' key on a Mac, 'Ctrl' key on a PC.

One thing I want to show you before we go is, I've actually secretly opened up the Wedding project to have open at the same time, two projects open, which is normally really difficult, especially when you're new, so don't do this, but I'm doing it just because I want to show you, earlier on when we did the Wedding, we did a special kind of way. We used the Razor Tool to cut out the sections. That is totally fine, you can still do that, but let's say that we didn't want to do that; I'm going to extend it out, as we could, instead of doing the cuts, is we could hold the 'Command' key down, make a little--

Doesn't even need to be a tabletop. All it did is we hadn't had that cut there. So let's actually delete that and just extend it out again. There it is there. So I'm going to make a little tabletop, and just drag that down. So instead of cutting it out we've done that. It might be a little bit more, less abrupt, where you can kind of do it so it kind of trickles off. So there's a little bit of something going on, but without it kind of just jumping in, or just cutting on or off. 

There's no real right or wrong, you can snip it, it's easy. I often do this for a little bit of graduation, a little ramp, and I just drag it all the way to the bottom. So you can drag it up, you can drag it down. You might have a couple of peaks that are just too high, compared to everything else, it might be easier, just to lower a couple of these little tippy-toppy peaks, where you yelled into the microphone, and everything else is normal and fine. 

All right, so that is adding Keyframes in Premiere Pro, or at least an audio. Let's get into the next video.