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Syncing aligning video & audio automatically in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, in this video we're going to automatically sync audio. We've got some terrible audio, let's listen. "Hi there, let's talk about… but I've recorded on a separate microphone, some good audio, "Hi there, let's talk about… I'm going to show you how to automatically sync them together, so that they match up perfectly. 

All right, real quick, why do you get a video that's not synced with your audio? Often you'll have a camera that you're recording on, let's say DSLR, like I am, and it's got a terrible microphone, and you are then using a separate microphone to record the audio. So video from this guy, and audio from this. They're actually two separate files. The way for this needs to work, it will not sync up unless you've actually captured your audio, the bad audio on the video. 

So you're recording, just make sure that actually, microphone is recording on your camera, but it's going to be terrible, but that's what it uses to align the good stuff. Basically the higher end you go, you get fancier, you know, digital video cameras, They'll do the same thing, they might use this microphone, and you can get away with some of these shotgun microphones, but often the higher the production level, the more often you'll get camera stuff and microphone stuff recorded, separately onto different devices, and it will be your job to make sure they're lined up. 

Just make sure whoever's 'video'ing, even if it's really bad, record the audio that's coming in through the camera. Let's actually sync them, let's find the footage. It's under the Footage folder, I'm going to drop it down. So I'm back in my Project Window, so I've found footage, let's find, it's called Sync 1 Dreamweaver. Let's right click it, and say 'Make Sequence from the Clip'. Double click this, and let's call it Sync 1 Sequence. Just so you remind yourself what it is. Let's click, hold, and drag it to that side there, just so it's not all getting bunched up in the Footage folder. 

So there's my Sync 1 Sequence, let's add the audio. So let's go to 'Audio', let's find it in here. It's called Sync 1 Dreamweaver, let's drag this out. Now one thing when you're dragging out audio from here, is that it won't go to the video layer, because there's no video with it, just audio. So let's have a little listen to this. "First up is, what we're making is, it's going to be a video background…

So you can see, very terrible, because I've got hard surfaces, but also because it's from my camera. Also, yeah, so-- the audio is not going to be amazing, it's amazingly better, but over here-- the reason it's not amazing is because actually I just have a microphone between my legs here. That's how I used to get my audio, work fine. You listen to it, looks okay. I've got a fancier microphone now, my shotgun microphone, but this worked great. So recorded this, so it needs both of these. One of the things that will happen though is if I select both of these, so I'm holding 'Shift', clicking them both, and I right click any of them, and I go, ah, synchronize. It's not working, why is it grayed out? It's because these two can't-- these two audio are on the same track. These two audio clips, same track, and it will try and smush them together, it doesn't like that. 

So you got to have one on one track, and one on the other, because basically it's going to line them up for us. So they're on their own tracks. I'm going to hold 'Shift', click this one, click that one, right click it, hit 'Synchronize', and we're going to say-- I think it defaults to Clip Start. That will mean I'm going to try and line them up, based on where these clips both start, I can never turn my microphone on, at the same time as my camera, with any accuracy. So this one here is the automatic feature. So it doesn't-- just click on 'Audio', it's not going to work if you've got your audio on track 3, 4, or 5. We've happened to have ours on track 1, which is perfect. Let's click 'OK'. Give it a sec, it lines it all up. I'm going to double click this to delete it. Bring it back over, and let's have a listen. 

"…thing that we're making, and the resources I've got." So they're both playing. You can either just mute this track… "First up is, what we're making… Way better. What we might do is just hide it, because that's all you really need, right? So you can skip on now. I'm going to show you a few little tricks, because I don't need this bad audio. I only recorded it so that I could sync up the good audio. So I'm going to, instead of muting it, I'm going to right click it, and say 'Unlink'. Click on this bottom bit, delete it. I'm going to drag this in, to the ends, because I recorded way more audio than video. Mainly just because I can, I turn my audio on first then turn my camera on, and vice versa when I turn it off, so there's a bit extra. 

I'm going to move this up to the next layer, select them both, right click it, and say 'Link'. Now it just means that when I move this track around, so just moving the video part around, it's going to all move together. Now again you can carry on, I'm just going to do a little bit of work to fix this up. I need to raise it up because it's too low, you can see it bouncing down here. So how do we fix that, do you remember? You do, because we've done it loads; click on it. 'Dialogue', 'Loudness', 'Auto Match'. Magic Premiere, love it. It's probably my best feature out of the new versions of Premiere Pro. 

"…like a big effect in the background." Cool. So is it at the right decibel levels? I do this as well. I do my… "Hi everyone…" get started really loud and then tail off. Your talent might not be doing this, my talent is not very talented, and I need to do this a lot. So I kind of just, how far across? Yeah, that works. So it starts too loud and then I'm going to just raise it up. Might even raise it just a bit steeply there. To delete a keyframe, just click on it, hit delete on your keyframe, 'Del' on your keyboard even; let's listen. 

"Hi there, let's talk about the thing that we're making, and the resources I've got." "First up is, what we're making is, it's going to be a video background, with like text and images." "Basically a whole website over the… Probably get's just a little bit too loud, but that's what I tend to have to do for a lot of my stuff. It depends on the course, like, sometimes I don't bother. 

All right, do the last little bit of editing. So I do something there. I'm going to, 'Spacebar' there, 'cut'. Hit 'C' on my keyboard to get my-- I can tell that I lose my direction because it's too short, and the rest of it looks, let's have a look. Yeah, lost my way. This is where I get started again. If you are hanging around, and you are watching, you get rewarded with a little shortcut. I'll cover it later in the course for the people that skipped on, but you get to this point and you're like, how do I get it kind of dragged, and how do I get it so he's not like, sleeping? You can get it close with this, but sometimes it's just-- it's a bit, trying to connect with stuff, and jump and snap. Get your Playhead close to where it wants to be, and just use your arrows on your keyboard. 

There's the-- we've used the up and down to kind of jump around, but use the left and right, watch this. I'm just tapping the right key, and moves one frame at a time. I'm going to start there with my eyes open. so just forward one frame, back one frame. Left and right keys. Click it, 'V' key to grab the Move Tool, delete, click again, delete. Do a lot of that. There are some fancier tools which we'll cover but that's a lot of what I do. 

"…in the background and the website over the top." "We'll also make the… There you go, that's me. Also note that I got better at-- can you see the-- my glasses? Just as a little tip if you are doing similar stuff to this, you keep the light way up high. So I had it quite low to reflect on my face, which was good, to light my face, but if you've got glasses you end up seeing the lights. That's not too bad, I've got this ring light, but if I just moved it up a bit higher and facing down, it still gives me a good light and it doesn't reflect in the glasses. Great for like podcasts that I do, if I've got a light in front of me, just keep it real high, means I can continue wearing my glasses without there being a big reflection in it. Anyway, thanks for hanging around, guys. Let's look at the next video.