What you learned: Record a voice-over
- Make sure your microphone is set up correctly and selected as the Default Input in the Audio Hardware preferences in Premiere Pro. Access this preference by choosing Edit > Preferences > Audio Hardware > Default Input (Windows) or Premiere Pro Application Menu > Preferences > Audio Hardware > Default Input (macOS).
- To avoid microphone feedback, wear headphones or mute the playback audio while recording your voice-over.
- Click the Voice-Over Record button. Premiere Po will begin recording audio starting wherever the Timeline playhead is placed. Click Stop to stop the recording. The new audio clip will appear in the sequence and in the Project panel. By default, the new sound file will appear in the same location as your project file.
To create a more nuanced sound mix, change the volume over time using keyframes. Keyframes are special marks that contain settings — in this case, the audio volume.
What you learned: Add audio keyframes
- Check the Timeline panel Settings menu to make sure Show Audio Keyframes is enabled. You may need to increase the height of the audio track to see keyframes on audio clips.
- Choose the Pen tool.
- To add a new keyframe mark, click the thin white line on an audio clip.
- Drag the keyframe up to make the sound louder, or drag it down to make it quieter.
- Drag the keyframe left or right to apply the setting earlier or later.
- To delete a keyframe, select it and press Backspace (Windows) or Delete (macOS).
- With the Pen tool, you can lasso to select multiple keyframes and then move or delete them together. These kinds of keyframes are added to clips, not to tracks (it’s also possible to add keyframes to tracks).
- Choose the Selection tool when you have finished working with keyframes.
The Essential Sound panel includes a number of options to improve the sound quality of your clips with minimal clicking.
What you learned: Improve sound quality
- Switch to the Audio workspace by choosing Window > Workspaces > Audio. The Audio workspace includes the Essential Sound panel.
- In the Timeline panel, select a clip you would like to work on in the Essential Sound panel.
- In the Essential Sound panel, choose the type of audio you’re working on, such as Dialogue.
- Enable each of the options in the Essential Sound panel to improve the sound quality. For example, Loudness automatically sets the volume to an industry-standard level for dialogue. Clarity improves the impact of speech. EQ adds volume to particular tones to make speech more audible. Enhance Speech applies subtle adjustments to improve sound clarity.
- Some options in the Essential Sound panel include additional settings. The best way to find out what they do is to listen to the sound change as you experiment.
- Switch back to the Editing workspace when you have finished working on your soundtrack.