How to Use the Audio Editor

How to Use the Audio Editor

Pinnacle Studio 25 has a number of tools and features to add, edit and enhance the audio portions of your video projects. Some of these features, such as the Audio Mixer, Scorefitter music, Voice Over tool, and Audio Ducking can be found on the timeline. There is also an Audio Editor, with new features introduced in Pinnacle Studio 25 to make your audio sound crisp, clear, and unique.

To access the Audio Editor:

In the timeline, double-click on an audio track. This will open the Audio Editor in the Editor panel.

The Audio Editor provides tools for different purposes, including Channel Mixer, Corrections, and Effect.

Noise Reduction Using a Custom Noise Profile

Using the noise reduction filter you can reduce or eliminate undesirable background noise. The filter reacts dynamically to changing amounts and kinds of noise within the material.

Noise reduction can be applied for a range of problems. The results obtained may differ, however, depending on the source material and the origin of the problem. In many cases the results can be optimized through targeted use of the Level and Fine Tuning parameters.

To apply noise reduction:

1. Double-click a clip with audio.

2. In the Editor panel, click the audio button in the upper-left corner.

3. Click the Corrections tab and click Noise Reduction.

4. Click the Create Noise Profile button.

5. In the waveform view, drag across a section of the audio that contains only the audio sound that you want to remove.

6. Click the Generate Noise Profile button.

7. Adjust any of the following settings to fine-tune the noise reduction:

  • Reduction: Specifies the amount of noise reduction. Higher values remove more noise, but can reduce the volume of the audio that you want to preserve.
  • Sensitivity: Specifies the frequency range of the noise reduction. Higher values remove more noise, but might remove some frequencies that you want to preserve.
  • Smoothing: Removes artifacts such as choppiness and popping. Higher values remove more artifacts, but can reduce clarity.

If you aren’t able to get the results you want, you can click Recreate to select and generate a new noise sample.

Pitch Scaling

Pitch Scaling lets you change the pitch of audio without affecting the speed (no impact to duration of the clip).

To apply Pitch Scaling:

1. Double-click a clip with audio.

2. In the Editor panel, click the audio button in the upper-left corner.

3. Click the Corrections tab and click Pitch Scaling.

4. Adjust either of the following settings to change the pitch of the audio:

  • Pitch (Semitone): Increases or decreases pitch (measured in semitones)
  • Scale (%): Increases or decreases pitch (measured as a percentage)

Channel Mixer

The channel mixer allows you to make level adjustments and redirect audio signals from their original channel assignments to new ones. For instance, you can use the mixer to condense separate stereo channels to a left or right mono channel.

Level adjustment: Click on the slider under the level meters to set the playback level of the clip. The level you set will be used whenever this clip is played or used in a timeline. The red area on the meters represents overmodulation of the sound and should be avoided if possible. To determine the maximum level you can safely use, click the Normalize button.

Stereo: This dropdown list contains all options for redirecting audio signals, such as a channel exchange (left interchanges with right, for example), or combining a two-channel stereo signal onto one mono channel.

NEW in Pinnacle Studio 25 to 5.1 surround sound controls are support for Angle, Spread and Center with keyframe options to manipulate multi-speaker panning over time.

To access the surround sound controls, click on the 5.1 Surround/Stereo Panner icon in the track header area beside your clip on the timeline.

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