5 Replies Latest reply: May 1, 2012 10:42 AM by Meredith Payne Stotzner RSS

    Video and sound

    John Doogan Community Member

      There doesn't seem to be a way to turn off sound in individual videos when layering a composit video. Often I would want to turn these off to be replaced by a master sound track. Is this an oversight?

        • 1. Re: Video and sound
          MJOrts Adobe Employee

          Hi John,


          You can mute individual clips on your timeline by accessing the audio options flyout.  Either right/ctrl + click on the selected clip area, or click on the flyout triangle at the top right corner of the selected clip, then click on the music note button.  Check on the Mute Audio check box to mute the clip.


          For smart object clips, simply open up the layer/clip as a smart object, follow the same instructions above, save, and then close to return to the master project.


          It's true that with our design you have to mute individual clips and there is not a function to mute entire video tracks.  This is available for audio tracks, however.



          Hope this helps!

          • 2. Re: Video and sound
            Meredith Payne Stotzner Adobe Employee

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            If your video is in the form of a video clip, just click the fly-out triangle at the end of the blue clip.

            Click on the little music notes in the resulting menu, then check  Mute Audio.

            Add an audio track using the + button at the end of the Audio Track, or use the Add Audio command under the music note button in the Audio Track.


            If your video is in smart object form (it'll be a purple track, instead of blue), then you'll need to edit the smart object to get to the video to turn it off.


            Does this help?



            • 3. Re: Video and sound
              John Doogan Community Member

              Thanks! I hadn't realized I was using the video clips as smart objects and I could access the additional controls by double clicking and editing the smart object.

              • 4. Re: Video and sound
                BobDiN Community Member

                What is the advantage of having a video clip as a smart object?


                I am very familiar with the advantages of smart objects for still images.  Is it just scaling factors or are there more benefits?

                • 5. Re: Video and sound
                  Meredith Payne Stotzner Adobe Employee

                  There are disadvantages and advantages to nesting Video in a Smart Object.

                  • Smart Objects for video can reduce performance - it's pointing to a pointer.
                  • Video clips as Smart Objects: the Video (Speed) and Audio (Fade, Mute) context panel is not used in the Timeline. The Motion (Pan, Zoom, Rotate, etc) panel is available instead - as is the Transform keyframe.
                  • Users can open the Smart Object to access the video and use the Video (Speed) and Audio (Fade, Mute) context panel.

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