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Start reading the help file, manuals and watch tutorials. That works much better than hand-holding like you are asking.
That's what I forgot to mention. Our office has misplaced the original packaging with the tutorial videos in it. Trust me, I've torn this place apart.
I'm trying to work with the Help menu and tutorials I found on YouTube but I thought someone might have a handy tip to follow.
This project/camera/software was just thrown onto my lap and I'm trying desperately to learn as I go.
See the section Adjusting volume levels in the Premiere Pro Help.
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Thanks, Eddie. I figured out how to adjust the volume but when I normalize the dB levels, it's just really staticky noise and the voices aren't even audible anymore. Any advice? Should I lower the volume of the rest of the clips to match the two extremely low ones?
I'm sorry to be such a burden. I don't want to have to be 'holding any hands' for this process but it's getting down to the wire.
Do not normalize but use amplify. Best use Audition and try with restoration to reduce noise levels and Amplitude for amplification or dynamic range.
I personally recommend this kind of task be farmed out to professionals. It's what we're trained to do, and actually rely on servicing those who aren't to make a living.
Try 'right click' on each audio clip and there is an Audio Gain option.
It will be trial and error for you but it will do the job "quick and dirty". Raise and lower the clips in steps of 3-6dB till all balance out better.
Aside from the info on the Gain setting, if you have Soundbooth, I'd try that. I'm far less familiar with it, but it's big brother Audition has several filtering techniques that can reduce background noises - takes some listening and tweaking, but works nicely. If someone confirms that Soundbooth has this capability, I'll post a link to one of Curt Wrigley's Audition tutorials on this. Before I send you off on a wild-goose chase, let's wait for the Soundbooth report.
Thank you for your practical suggestions. This is a farewell video to our departing CEO. Mostly the clips are just coworkers or departments saying goodbye messages. We didn't have the budget to contract it out to professionals but our video equipment is excellent and the footage looks great.
I know there's SO much to learn but I think I'm getting the basics down for now.
i "We didn't have the budget to contract it out to professionals... "
And, in the process, you got sacrificed to the video-gods. It happens all of the time.
If your Audio background noise is constant, i.e. an air conditioner, etc., then you stand a chance with Soundbooth/Audition. If it is random, sorry to bear the bad news, but there is not much that one, who is not an expert, can do about it. One might want to try a combo of EQ, High-pass and Low-pass filters, but you have to be very careful about the commentary. You can easily filter it out too.
This sort of thing is usually best handled with good mics and mic'ing techniques, rather than in post production.
[EDIT] If the folk are shot wide enough (no frame-filling closeups), you might do better to just re-record their dialog in a quite room, and use that Audio.
What you could do is get hold of Audition 3.0 (there may be a trial period).
Then export your movie with the varying volumes of soundtrack in it.
Then open audition in the edit mode and File-open audio from video.
This should put the soundtrack into the edit mode.
Then apply the multiband compressor and use the Broadcast preset at the top. On the right side, you can increase the gain if you have to.
This will pretty uniformly increase and decrease the volume so it will sound pretty equal.
I don't think you can save this back to the .AVI you've created (I looked around for that, but I may have missed it) so you'll have to save the altered soundtrack out as something.wav.
Then import that .wav back into Premiere, delete the previous sound track and put the new one in and render it out again. It should line up ok, but check that.
Sorry, there's an easier way to do it in this thread.
Please read the last two entries to this thread carefully.
Hope it works out.