Improve audio in Final Cut
Make your film sound as good as it looks with these audio tips
Editing the audio that accompanies your film’s action is vital to getting effective results. Leaving audio to simply cut in time with changes in the video is quite abrupt – although this can sometimes work.
When transitioning from one scene into another, you’ll want to explore options such as having the audio start a little bit before or after the picture changes. This can lead the viewer comfortably from one part of your narrative to another. It’s also helpful within a scene to allow a person not in the frame to be heard moments before switching to a camera that shows them. Done well, the average viewer won’t even pay conscious thought to these neat touches – not because they’re worthless, but because without them the editing can appear harsh and jarring.
It’s also vital to get the balance of different audio components just right, and that’s where Final Cut’s Audio Levels tool comes into play. You might have noticed its most basic form in the Dashboard in the middle of the toolbar – but we’ll also show you how to use mixing controls to adjust the volume of
Explore options such as having the audio start a little bit before – or after – the picture changes
one or more clips at a time. Even if your video contains only a voiceover or a score, don’t let it reach zero decibels. If that happens, the sound sample will be clipped, which means that valuable information about frequencies is lost, and the audio will sound distorted. Alan Stonebridge
Many editors tend to treat audio as an afterthought, but get it right and it can be incredibly effective.