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Old September 2nd, 2009, 09:35 AM   #1
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Adjusting sound levels in FCP

I filmed an interview today with a client and the sound levels were a bit high, causing some muzzled sound.

Here is a link to the footage:Nick McCloud on Vimeo

Is there any way of correction this in FCP? I don't use Soundtrack Pro, just FCP.

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Old September 2nd, 2009, 10:45 AM   #2
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James,

When you are in FC, just below the audio tracks list, there is a little button called "toggle clip overlays". If you click this, you'll notice that a red line now appears in your audio track. You can now place your curser over the red line, the curser turns into something that looks like this: =. The button looks like a diagonal line leaning right with a dot on top, and then a line that drops down. You'll see it.

Simple click and drag the red line (audio level) to your desired level. And that's it. There is also a way to do this in the viewer by double clicking your audio track and then adjusting in the viewer. I like the first way better, but then if I have to get surgical, I'll use the viewer method.

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Old September 2nd, 2009, 10:52 AM   #3
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Also just as some friendly shooting advice- back your talent away from the wall a bit and shoot them off center. This looks like a lineup for a police station... And a tiny on-camera LED or HMI mini light would give you some nice eye-light, instead of the dead sockets this poor chap has. :)

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Old September 2nd, 2009, 12:15 PM   #4
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ummm why do I feel like this guy does business in a dark alley?

Reshoot with slightly lower audio levels and a better background.

Re-EQ'ing what you have may help but there's no magic "fix this audio" button. FCP has some EQ filters you experiment with.
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Old September 2nd, 2009, 12:34 PM   #5
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What Les and Noah said.

Start with as good audio as you can get. My described audio thing is more a fine tuning.

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