Question #2 - drag the footage directly onto the new composition button - that will create a new composition that matches your incoming footage directly.
For Question #1 - are you going from a mono source to a stereo comp? If the audio is being pushed to one side only, you can use the Audio Fill effects to compensate. Audio Fill Left will take the audio from the left channel and copy it to the right, and vice versa. Otherwise, what is happening to the audio specifically? Maybe post a sample on YouTube so we can hear for ourselves.
I will try the fill left tip in the Audio effects.
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When you watch the first story, it sounds really hollow. Then, as you are watching the first story, try moving the balance on your audio to the left and right and it will sound so much better.
Thanks for the help.
I can hear what you are talking about. It almost sounds like the audio is out of phase and it's cancelling each other out. Fill Left may help with that.
How is the audio recorded for the package - on camera, separately, camera mic, lav mic, boom mic, etc?