You don't say which version of the program you're using, but Smart Mix was added in version 8. You'll find it under the audio tools.
To set it up, you set which tracks you want to be in the foreground and which you want in the background and the program automatically raises and lowers the audio levels as needed. (I take you step by step through the process in my books, if you're interested.)
I don't know if it's truly "easier" than audio keyframing -- but it is automatic and seems to work pretty well, in my experience.
s Steve - I'mm running training on V8 and soon to be 9.
I'll play thank you
This is DEFINITELY easier if you work with a simple soundtrack audio and the narration for narration and
That's very informative thanks Bill. Enjoyed going through it and will play.
I've played around with SmartMix and it is pefect for my situation. I tested to see if SmartMix could be ap
plied to only selected clips, but my understanding is that it has to be to WHOLE TRACKS. Is that correct?
So I'd use keyframes for sound ducking in just small parts?
I cannot help here, as I have never used Smart Fix, so do not know the actual application of it, or the limitations.
I normally use the Audio Mixer to dynamically duck/attenuate my Audio, one Track at a time. As mentioned in that linked article, the Keyframes added are Track Keyframes, and are applied directly to the Track, and not to the Clips. Hence, all other Audio editing will need to have been done first, as changes in the Clips, will NOT affect the Track Keyframes.
As I am usually not doing "music videos," I edit my Video first, then my Audio, and finally to the mixing for my Audio as my last step, prior to Export/Share.
Thanks for the information guys. Answers have been very generous and easy to understand.
I'm a teacher curriculum consultant for a public education system and not that technical.
I have got more than I asked for here and it's all been educational.
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