Precise Audio Editing inside Premiere Pro using Audio Time Units
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Use Adobe Premiere Pro Audio Time Units to make Precise Audio Edits
There’s a very powerful audio editing feature that many, MANY people don’t even know exists in the software. It makes trimming unwanted audio a breeze and makes for incredibly easy music edit precisely on the beat or instrument you want to cut. It’s called Audio Time Units.
Here’s a timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro zoomed in all the way and I’ve highlighted one frame of video. As you can clearly see by the timecode indication on the left I’m in standard video timecode for a 24 frame per second timeline.
Now I need to remove that blip just before my host starts to talk inside that one frame of video and ONLY that blip, leave the rest of the audio intact. It’s impossible using standard video timecode because I cannot cut into a frame.
Adobe has a fix for that, click on the “wrench” in the Program Monitor and select Show Audio Time Units.
Now you can see I no longer have a 24 frame per second timeline, instead, I have audio units in the thousands between frames.
Here’s that same frame partially zoomed in. Yes I’m still inside that ONE FRAME OF VIDEO. I can’t even show you the entire frame of video because it’s impossible, it goes so far off the screen. We’re now essentially editing in milliseconds giving us thousands of edit points inside a single frame of video instead of just 24, 30 or 60.
Just how many edit points you ask? In this 24 frame per second video clip, I have 47,999 edit points in a single second of video. Do you think I can trim that blip and nothing but the blip now? You bet your sweet razor blade I can.
So for precise audio editing, music trimming, audio cleaning, just switch to Audio Time Units and make those cuts a breeze.
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