Fade In, Fade Out
Welcome back everyone!
As I was going through my sounds this evening I realized I could really use some fading in and out of the sounds. I figured some of you may also find some use in this so here goes nothing. This post applies to the features of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.
Once you have your sounds ready to go in Premiere Pro put them into the timeline. Make sure you are adjusting your pieces in the timeline and not your original copies as we discussed in class. This is especially important now that your are making actual changes to the sound and not just moving it around. You will then want to select a point in your timeline where you want the fade to begin. In order to get the most out of this effect you’ll want to pick this point to be a little before the spot you intended. Then you’ll want to select the track you are working with and add a key frame to the chosen spot. A key-frame is used to change the sound over a certain period of time it can also be used when adding other audio effects. The key-frames can be found under the audio effects tab. As seen below.
At the first key frame you can either click on the key frame and drag it up to increase the sound or drag it down to cause the sound to decrease. This is simply done by drag the yellow tab on the key-frame up and down. As seen below, except for our purposes right now we are only concerned with the audio effects. The image is basically the same though you just want to grab the yellow pick and move it up and down.
Once the key-frame has been added to the beginning of your faded sound you can then create the ending point for either the fade in or fade out. At this end point you can add another key frame. Then you will want to add one more key-frame just a little past the end one in order to get the best effect. This adds a little more dramatization to the fading and draws the sound back in smoothly. On the last key frame that you add you will want to change the decibels back to what they were previously set at. Normal volume is typically set at zero decibels. To change the decibels you click on the key frame and drag it up or down depending on how you want it adjusted. In this case you would want to drag it up because the sound was faded. Once the sound is back to normal there is obviously no more fade and you are ready to go with your newly created fade in/fade out technique. I am sorry for the lack of visuals on this particular post I was just having a really difficult time finding different images because the actual screen is pretty much the same all throughout.
This tool is especially important when you want to play music in the background while someone is talking. The work of fading in and out was used really well in the NPR podcast, so if you want an example of how exactly it would sound or unique ways of working with this tool I would suggest listening to those again.
Hopefully this was useful in getting you started with your sound project. It is not the most difficult or unique task but I was struggling trying to figure out exactly how to do it so I thought this might help you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
As you work through your sound frustrations, try to keep this in mind…
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” -Dalai Lama
-Mary Kathryn Flood