How are you monitoring your export to
determine the audio levels are too hot?
Yes. I'm monitoring levels. I edited the track in Audition and the level was just where I wanted it. Even back in Premiere Pro the volume was perfect. When I exported though it's way loud. I'm sure it's a dumb something I'm overlooking, as I've had no such problem before.
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?
Windows Media Player?
Try importing your exported file back into Premiere
and check the audio levels there.
I even went back into audition, amplified by -15dB [yes, -15!], came back into Premiere Pro and the track was barely audible. Exported it...screaming.
My deadlines have deadlines, so I need help. Is there any quick and dirty program I can use to just adjust audio level within the finished mp4 file? I'm running Mountain Lion on MacBook Pro, but have access to Windows if I need it.
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".
It's not my player--it's actually being played on serveral devices. I exported several versions, all with varying degrees of reduced amplification. There's not one bit of change, when played on my computer or the target device [LMS authoring program on another computer]. No change is being made to the volume settings of either device.
As -15dB made a very slight difference, I guess I'll keep doing what I'm doing until the volume is acceptable. I've created hundreds of videos without this issue before...when I changed the amplification in Premiere Pro, it resulted in a lower volume in the video itself. This is weird.
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.)
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.
Bring the .wav into Audition. What's the level?
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?
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.
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.
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.
It's still exporting louder than when I play the clips inside PPro, but usable. I just adjust the master audio track down before export and it's okay.
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.
It still comes out of the export about 3DB hotter
How was that verified?
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.
lot of peaks hitting -3db
What I'm asking is how do you know where it was peaking?
I suggest you do a test.
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.
I have found this to be a problem in CC at one of the places I work.
Export at 16bit perfect levels with a tone ident...bring it back it into the project and now -3db.
I tried exporting 32bit float and it comes out 3db higher!
Only method I have found is to export audio separately to a 32bit file then in a new final video sequence, replace the audio timeline with this file and adjust levels. The new export seems to come out at the right levels
May have something to do with a bug in the pan law but you can't adjust settings like in Audition.
Many bugs in this program causing me nightmares....
....Can't save track preset effects and have to copy complicated track EQ and compression settings by hand
....Track effect settings adjustments that revert as soon as you click away or hit play
....Very slow with crashes and freezes in sequences with nested sequences.
Leave plenty of time for your final exports...you will need it
I am having the same issue in Premiere Pro CC 8.1. The reference tone comes through at -20db as it should but all the rest of the audio is way higher on the meters when the export is brought back into premiere than it is in the original timeline.
Since upgrading [several times since original post] I don't have this problem anymore. Sorry.
What brought me to this post was this: when I export videos to play on my Samsung tv, I set the volume to about 20 and it sounds extremely loud but still crisp and well mixed, where most broadcast, DVD and BluRay and PS4 games are most comfortable around 60. At a 60 level with my exported videos, it is atrocious. I don't want to blow anybody's speakers out, but is this normal and should I be reducing my volume to something like -12? From an audio engineering perspective, I would have thought that was pretty excessive, squashing the life out of something mixed and mastered at 0, but I want my audio to be more or less in the same ballpark what you'd expect popping in any random commercial BluRay.