Sync Audio and Video in Adobe Premiere Pro: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace


Hi everybody welcome to another episode of Exploring Photography right here on AdoramaTV. I’m Mark Wallace and in today’s episode I’m going to give you three techniques for editing the video and Adobe Premiere Pro that will save you a ton of time, specifically when it comes to syncing audio to video… So here is the scenario…. the first one is if you have a really cool audio track with some beats to it, and you want to make your cuts line up with those beats to the music.. so boom boom boom…. you want to cut every single time…. so I’m going to show you how to do that automatically. it’s pretty cool, the second thing I want to show you how to do is to automatically align audio tracks from different video takes…. so maybe you have a camera A and a camera B and they both have audio and you want to synchronize them… you can do that with automation… or if you have an audio recording only… and you want to sync that to a video recording… maybe have an external audio recorder, you can also do that automatically, and then I’ve got a bonus technique that I’ll show you that helps you apply attributes to a bunch of Clips all at once, so let’s dive into Adobe Premiere Pro right now, and what I’m going to show you how to do first is something called automate to sequence… now here’s the scenario, I’ve got this really cool audio track… listen to this… Okay so it’s not so cool, but it’s some great stock music and what I want to do is…. I want to have some b-roll automatically edited to those beats… so boom boom boom boom on the beat… I want those to cut automatically so here’s what I’m going to do… the first thing I want to do is add some markers to my sequence, where those beats are…. now you can add a marker to a sequence just by hitting M… the M key…. so I’ll hit the M key right now… that puts a marker right at the beginning of the sequence…. you can see that right here… there’s a little marker there, and then what I’m going to do is… I’m just gonna play this audio clip, and on the beat I’m going to hit M just like I’m playing an instrument… bumo bump bump bump… and so I’ll do that right now, and then once I have that done it will start again. Okay.. So I just fast forwarded through that so it wouldn’t take a bunch of time but again I just hit the M key on the beat and there was one little section here that goes a little bit faster you can hear it…. so I put it up bap bap bap on the M key… to add a bunch of little markers there. Okay… so now you can see that we have these markers on the sequence here… now one thing that’s very important to note… that when you’re doing this make sure you don’t have a clip selected… because then it’ll put markers on the clip… you don’t want that, you want the markers on the sequence.. So make sure there’s no Clips nothing selected when you do that, okay? The next thing we want to do is put the playhead right back to the very beginning of our music, and then make sure we unselect that. Now we’re gonna go find some b-roll that will go to this… so I’ve got a little folder here called BRoll… and what I’ve done here is I’ve gone to each of these little clips and I’ve set an in and an out point, so every single little clip here has an in-and-out… that’s just the segments of video that I want to have played when I automate this. Now another thing to remember here is this has audio and video, so if I play just a short clip you can hear some audio that’s pretty useless… I don’t want that audio when this goes onto the music, I just want the video. Alright… so here’s how it works… what I’m going to do remember, I have an in and out set for each of these already. we’ve already done that to my b-roll, I’m going to go and select all of these clips, there’s a bunch of Clips here… I don’t know how many. then I’m going to go up to clip and then there’s this little thing here called automate to sequence… I will click that, and then I have some options so the thing I want to do here is I want to use the sort order… in other words that is the order that they appear in the list over here in my b-roll bin. I could do that, or the selection order that’s the order that they’re going to go on the timeline, so if you want to do this manually… you can select them one at a time hitting and holding down the shift and click, click, click, click and getting all those and you can sort of do the order… or you can just do it by the sort order of the bin… what I’m going to do now, the placement is going to be at the unnumbered markers, that’s all those little markers that we put on our sequence… those are all there, and then the method… we want to use an overwrite edit because we don’t want to have a cut in our music, and throw them in between that. We just want to put it on top of the music… so that’s an overwrite… it’s going to go over that now, the other thing we want to do is how long is the duration of each of these things… or we’re going to use our in-and-out range… so I’ve made these in an outs… about five to ten seconds, something like that… if they’re too long, that’s okay… it’ll just start at the end, and end at the next marker. if they’re too short that’s okay… we can go in and tweak that a little bit…. but you want to have an in-and-out, and then the other thing I wanted to do here at the very bottom is… it will say do you want to ignore the audio, or ignore the video, or ignore neither of those things… So I want to ignore the audio so I don’t want to have the audio go to the timeline because I want to use the music… that’s the whole point. I want to get rid of the audio from my b-roll and then I just want to use the music and put the video on top of that… so I’m saying ignore audio, don’t use that now… here’s the magic… all I’m gonna do is hit OK… boom… and check this out, I will click play, and so it’s awesome, it’s automatically cut each of those little chunks of B roll to the markers that I’ve put on my
timeline. Now I’m gonna fast-forward over here because there was a little clip that had some really fast beat thing nearn..nearn…nearn.. nearn…nearn.. kind of thing…. and I hit the M key to try to match those… and watch how fast this goes… and it’s done automatically. It works all right so that’s technique number one…. if you need a refresher just rewind and hit pause look at all those different menu options… Practice this… and you’ll be doing it all on your own. The second technique allows you to automatically synchronize audio and video. Now this is great if you have an audio track from a mobile audio recording device, and then you have a video that doesn’t have great audio and you want to take one, and use that over the other one. This is done all the time…. or if you have several cameras and you want to synchronize them, so that they’re playing all together… so you can edit between those. Sso let’s do the first one really quickly, so what I have here is…. I have an audio track, this is just me talking here on AdoramaTV. I’m Mark Wallace….. and in this episode… okay that was recorded on a Zoom H4 recorder I believe, and then the other thing I have here is video of me and this was recorded at the same time… okay and so this video was recorded with a little Osmo pocket so the audio the built-in audio wasn’t very good, so I used an external audio recorder… so let’s synchronize those, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to take my video with the not-so-good audio track, and put that on my timeline. I’m going to keep the existing settings. I’m editing this in 1080p, even though I shot it in 4k, and then I’m going to take my audio track, and then I’m just going to put that on the timeline… it doesn’t matter where it is, just as long as it’s on the timeline, then I’m going to select both of those, right click, and say synchronize… then it’s going to ask me what I want to use to synchronize these clips, I want to use the audio… I’ll use the mix down channel… hit OK… it is going to go through and process those, and look now they are synced. So if I play this back… Hi everybody, welcome to another episode of Exploring …. the audio and video is synched… now what I want to do here is, I’ll just go in right at the end point, I’ll use my little razor tool to trim off the first part of that. We don’t need that part… then I’m going to go into this track here. I’m going to unlink them, and I’m going to delete the bad audio track. I’ll move up the good audio track, select both of those, and then link them just like that… Hi everybody, welcome to another episode of Exploring Photography right here…. alright, just like that I have great audio from an external recorder synced to great video from my video camera, and it works just fine. Let’s talk about the second scenario, or you might have three cameras or so and you want to synchronize those so that they all play together, and you can edit between them. It works the same way, so I’m going to do here is I’m going to delete what I just did, I have three cameras that I’ve used here… I’ve got a GoPro that I used for B-roll, I’ve got an Osmo Pocket that I used for B-roll…. and then I have a Sony camera that I used as my main camera. ‘.. at least at a basic level the next thing’… so I want to synchronize all those things. So all I have to do is I’ll take my Sony, that’s the master camera… I’ll put that on the timeline, I’m going to use my existing setting… this again editing in 1080p, then I’ll take my Osmo pocket… I’ll throw that… it doesn’t matter where… on the timeline…. then I’ll take my GoPro boom… and I’ll throw this on the timeline. Now I want these… if I play this right now, him sitting this way, the audio is all crazy… and so what I’ll do is, I’ll highlight everything… right click – hit synchronize… I’ll use the same options as before and hit OK… and blam everything is synced now. What I can do is… I can do exactly what I did before… I’ll take these two clips… I will unlink the audio in the video, I will delete the bad video, I’ll get a razor tool, and then I will just slice everything. Okay…. all right, so now what I can do is… I’ll hide these other ones… you can see there’s our first camera angle…. I’ll put this on here… Second camera angle is synced, Here’s the GoPro camera… and so then I can go and edit through these, and it’ll be just fine. Now that’s not the best way to do that, if you’re doing multiple cameras, that’s just a really down quick and dirty way you want to use multicam editing if it’s possible… but in a pinch… the synchronized option works really really well… alright let’s talk about the third thing that can save you a ton of time, so this is Copy and Paste Attributes. So look at what I have here I’ve got a 4k timeline, but I shot some video from a Mavic, and I use two different 4k formats, and so you can see here on this first clip that we’ve got black bars because it’s the wrong aspect ratio… so that’s the same with the first the second, and the third clip, but then I fixed everything so it’s in a normal aspect ratio on the rest of these clips, so I need to fix these first for video clips, and so I don’t want to do those over and over… one at a time, and this really will impact you, if you have let’s say like 30 or 40 clips, and you have to do the same change to all of those. So here’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to open this first clip, and I’ll just make some changes…. it doesn’t matter what changes you make… you can make these… automate it as well, so I’m just going to scale this up to 100 so that it fits my 4k format… and then I’m going to add some.. I don’t know, some really wacky color processing just to make this really obvious… so I think what I’ll do here is, I’ll put a really giant vignette on there… I’ll make it less round, I’ll take the midpoint way down… I’ll tick the feather okay… So you can see that I’ve added something to this alright? So now what I want to do… I’ll go back to my editing workspace is, I want to apply this wacky effect to everything else here… it looks like I’ve also changed okay, yeah, there it is… So I want to apply this to these other three Clips… so all I have to do is go into edit, and then I’ll say copy, and then I will select these three clips right here, that I want to copy all of the changes that I just made. I will go to edit I will say Paste Attribute… then I can choose which attributes to paste… so I wanna paste the motion.. so that’s the scaling… the size that I did… I want to also paste the effects, so that’s all the stuff I did with the vignette… You can also choose or not choose other things as well, but those are the ones I want to paste… so I’ll hit okay, okay just like that now, look all of these other video clips, also have that same wacky effect added to them… and I just had to do it to one… copy and paste all those attributes. So those are three techniques that could save you a ton of time, specifically the audio stuff. I hope that helps you out, and I want to say thank you so much for joining me for this episode of Exploring Photography. Don’t forget to subscribe to AdoramaTV because we’re uploading videos all the time, not just here on YouTube but over on Instagram as well. 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