Premiere Pro Tutorial : Understand Audio Level

 Audio level is an important concept to understand when editing video in Premiere Pro. Audio level refers to the volume of an audio signal. It is measured in decibels (dB).

There are two main types of audio levels: peak level and RMS level. Peak level is the loudest point in an audio signal. RMS level is the average level of an audio signal over time.

It is important to maintain a consistent audio level throughout your video. This will help to ensure that your audio is not too loud or too soft.

Here are some tips for understanding audio level in Premiere Pro:

  • Use the audio meters. Premiere Pro has audio meters that display the audio level of your tracks in real time. The audio meters are located in the top right corner of the Timeline panel.
  • Use the waveform. The waveform is a visual representation of the audio signal in your tracks. You can use the waveform to identify the peak and RMS levels of your audio.
  • Use the audio normalization tool. The audio normalization tool can be used to automatically adjust the audio level of your tracks. To normalize an audio track, select the track and then click on the Normalize button in the toolbar.

Here are some recommended audio levels for different types of content:

  • Dialog: Dialog should be recorded at a peak level of -18 dB.
  • Music: Music should be recorded at a peak level of -12 dB.
  • Sound effects: Sound effects should be recorded at a peak level of -12 dB.

Here are some tips for avoiding audio clipping:

  • Monitor the audio meters. Make sure that the audio meters never go into the red. If the audio meters go into the red, it means that the audio is clipping.
  • Reduce the gain of your audio tracks. If your audio is clipping, you can reduce the gain of your audio tracks to lower the volume. To reduce the gain of an audio track, select the track and then drag the Gain slider down.
  • Use a limiter. A limiter is an audio effect that can be used to prevent audio clipping. To use a limiter, add the limiter effect to your audio track and then adjust the settings to prevent clipping.

By following these tips, you can learn how to understand and manage audio level in Premiere Pro. This will help you to create videos with professional-sounding audio.


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