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Audio levels in exported video [Premiere Pro CS6]

Apr 10, 2013 8:45 AM

The audio level is just what I want in the actual track. However, when I export the video the exported audio is too loud. So I went back and lowered the clip by 3dB...the volume level of exported video still didn't change--it sounds like people are shouting.

 

This is a new problem...is there a setting in the export dialog box I have accidentally changed?

 

Thanks in advance.

 
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  • joe bloe premiere
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    Apr 10, 2013 8:48 AM   in reply to VaughnByrd21

    How are you monitoring your export to

    determine the audio levels are too hot?

     
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    Apr 10, 2013 9:19 AM   in reply to VaughnByrd21

    When I exported though it's way loud.

     

    Again, how are you playing back the exported file

    to make your determination that the audio is too hot?

    VLC?

    Quicktime Player?

    Windows Media Player?

    Other?

     

    Try importing your exported file back into Premiere

    and check the audio levels there.

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    Apr 10, 2013 10:00 AM   in reply to VaughnByrd21

    You still haven't indicated how you are playing the exported file. Maybe the volume of the speakers is too high for either the speakers themselves. Maybe the software or hardware settings that is driving the speakers has the volume set high.

     

    I usually set my volume to -12 db. When exported and burned as a DVD, played through a DVD player the volume is close to TV program volume. When exported to Vimeo or YouTube, the volume is fine.

     

    Perhaps check the volume settings of your "player".

     
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    Apr 10, 2013 11:10 AM   in reply to VaughnByrd21

    Both PP and Audition export audio at the level specified.  If it seems too loud when you play it back, then turn down the volume on the playback device.  (Also, make sure you don't have any kind of audio effect like Normalization or ReplayGain turned on.)

     
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    Apr 25, 2013 7:21 PM   in reply to Jim Simon

    I'm having the same problem. I just edited a musical. Exported to MPEG2-DVD. Imported to Encore, and the volume level is much louder.  So the volume level that I hear while editing in Premier (CS6) is a good normal level, the level I hear when played in Encore (CS6) is loud. No changes are made to the system or volume levels anywhere. It is simply louder.

     
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    Apr 25, 2013 8:34 PM   in reply to Jason R Brandt

    Bring the .wav into Audition.  What's the level?

     
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    Jun 12, 2013 5:10 PM   in reply to VaughnByrd21

    I am Also having this issue, but with just exporting to an MPEG 2- For Broadcast, Levels are never consistant, only minor drops though, but enough to be rejected from the stations, anyone come up with a fix for this?

     
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    Jun 12, 2013 7:26 PM   in reply to eyreadri

    I'm not convinced there is an issue.  PP should export at the levels specified in the sequence, and in my experience it always does.  Chances are this issue is simply one of playback levels, not actual errors with encoding levels.

     
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    Oct 6, 2013 7:49 AM   in reply to VaughnByrd21

    I have just started having exactly the same issue when exporting for DVD. No matter what the audio levels are in Premier CS6 (all of mine are capped at -3DB) the exported WAV file is amplified so that EVERYTHING that was at -6DB or higher is driven to 0DB and clipped. I have tried exporting the audio separately but get the same results. If I export to other formats besides DVD, such as mp4, everything is fine. So far the problem seems to be just for DVD exports. I never had this problem before so I am sure it is related to the most recent upgrade. If this post is responded to by a MPV I hope he/she does not take the smug approach that I or the original poster just don't know what I am doing.

     
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    Oct 6, 2013 9:22 AM   in reply to MisterMcAtCCA

    Record some -20 tone in Audition and pass it through a Premiere edit. Re-import the final file into Audition and have a look at the levels. This will give us some idea where the errors are coming from. If you are recording Dolby Digital the dianorm setting can affect some replay levels.

     
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    Oct 7, 2013 7:17 AM   in reply to Richard M Knight

    I will do this as soon as I get some time. In the meantime I went back to my Premiere project and adjusted everything down so that nothing exceed -6DB. It still comes out of the export about 3DB hotter but that keeps it at a non-clipping level.

     

    I am changing to CC after this project. I will run a test there to see if the problem remains.

     
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    Oct 7, 2013 8:21 AM   in reply to MisterMcAtCCA

    It still comes out of the export about 3DB hotter

     

    How was that verified?

     
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    Oct 7, 2013 9:31 AM   in reply to Jim Simon

    I haven’t done a scientific verification (or refute) yet because I just had to get something out, but my observation is that the wav file has a lot of peaks hitting -3db while I’m pretty sure I normalized all my audio clips at -6db or lower. Anyway, I got the job done. I was just pretty cranky because a task that I thought was going to take me about an hour took about 8. There may be something related specifically to that work station. That one is at my home. I have another I use at school (I’m a teacher). I’ve already started using CC at school. The project was from last year and  was done in CS6.

     
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    Oct 7, 2013 3:43 PM   in reply to MisterMcAtCCA

    lot of peaks hitting -3db

     

    What I'm asking is how do you know where it was peaking?

     
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    Oct 7, 2013 4:05 PM   in reply to MisterMcAtCCA

    I suggest you do a test.

     

    New Project

    Create bars and tone.

    Note Tone level on db Meter in Premiere.

    Export to DVD (however you have been doing that)

    Load the audio file back into Premiere and note level on the db Meter

     

    BTW - I would be keen to see a screen grab of your Mixer in your problem project.

     
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