Day 19-20, 2/25-26

1. Colour Correction 101

Problem: My video is too warm (yellow-orange) or cool (blue).

Solution: The white balance was incorrectly set on the camera when shooting. Go to the “Color” workspace (on the very top panel) then go to the “Color Correction” section in the top-right corner. Adjust the topmost slider left to “warm” the clip or right to “cool” the clip down. There are other sliders to play with below that will manipulate the exposure, contrast, and saturation. You can get an excellent result this way, but it still isn’t as good as having the White Balance properly configured when filming.

2. Sound Editing 101

Problem: The sound is only playing in one of my headphones!

Solution: We hear sounds in stereo (i.e. our left ear and right ear). The Saramonic records in mono (i.e. a single channel, left if captured in port 1, right if captured in port 2). We simply need to copy the sound from the Saramonic from one ear to another.

Problem: There’s a distracting buzz or hum in the background!

Solution: Right-click on the problematic clip and choose “Edit in Adobe Audition” from the drop-down menu. Select a portion of the clip where only that buzz can be heard then go the Effects > Noise Reduction > Capture Noise Print. Afterwards, select all (CMND+A) and go to Effects > Noise Reduction > Noise Reduction (Process). Manipulate the sliders at the bottom so that the buzz/hum is reduced, but the vocals don’t sound tinny/metallic/underwater. Save (CMND+S) and close Audition and your fixed version of the sound will be automatically inserted into Premiere.

I’ll show you a trick so that you can make the audio track play in both ears, not just one.

3. Edit Final Cut

Revise and finish the “Shoot The Shots” project, correcting colours and adding audio (ambience, SFX, and music). This is the last full day of studio time we will have to work on this, although it will not be due until next week. We will be introducing a new project tomorrow.

Remember that we have an amazing library of nearly 20,000 songs and sound effects available on the network. Go to Finder > Go > Connect To Server…, then type in smb://125-v02-001 and press Connect. It will list off the available network drives and add Student_Resources. This is where you can find the project instructions and examples. You will navigate to Student_Resources > Course Resources > Computers > Misc Resources > Audio Stuff. You can quick-preview SFX on the Mac by pressing the spacebar. When you find a sound you’d like to use, copy it to the project folder on your computer’s hard drive.

You can also pull sounds from Youtube and other streaming sites using a downloader like ytmp3.cc, but know that the typically are licensed, copyrighted songs that you cannot legally use and are not acceptable in the context of this course. You can only use small clips that are sufficiently modified to make them your own and to warrant “fair use.”