Working with Audio on Timeline in Premiere

The timeline in Premiere not only allows you to quickly and easily apply many types of edits to video tracks, you can also use the timeline to work with audio files as well. Adobe Premiere provides many ways to use the timeline when working with audio files, and has controls and tools conveniently located to make the tasks even easier and more efficient.

Audio Editing on the Timeline

The timeline in Adobe Premier offers very flexible methods for editing audio files. You can use the audio mixer to edit audio files, create effects or set sampling rates; however, you can also perform many of the same edits directly from the timeline. Double-clicking, or control clicking with a Mac, will allow you to access many  audio track setting options directly from the timeline.

You can quickly open the audio mixer from any audio track located on the timeline, by control clicking it or right clicking and going to the settings or properties menu option. Generally speaking, most edits that can be applied from the effects tab or file menu bar can be applied from the timeline as well.

Of course, one of the most powerful audio editing features available in the timeline is the ability to manually synchronize audio and video tracks. In fact, if you have audio and video tracks on a clip that are out of sync, the only reasonable way to re-sync them is to use the timeline. You can zoom in on the timeline to adjust the positioning of audio and video tracks so that they are again in sync with each other.

Drag-and-Drop Editing on the Timeline

Even for special effects and transitions that are not supported on the timeline, you can still easily drag-and-drop those effects from the 'Effects' tab onto an audio track position in the timeline. Alternatively, you can automatically apply effects and transitions to audio files on the timeline by first selecting it and then choosing an effect or transition to apply.

Creating Copies of Audio Tracks

If you need to layer tracks of audio, or simply create copies of audio tracks, then using the timeline is certainly the easiest way to do it. In order to layer or create copies of audio tracks, simply click and hold the audio track you want to layer or copy and drag it into a new track position. However, you should make sure that you unlink linked clips if you don't want to layer or copy the video portion of the clip as well.

Cutting Audio Clips on the Timeline

If you want to add simple fade in/out transitions to audio clips in Adobe Premiere, you may consider cutting the clips on the timeline. Adobe Premiere has the Razor Cut tool which is conveniently located right beside the time line. The placement of the tool allows you to make almost instantaneous cut edits where you can later apply fades or other audio transitions. In fact, this is the fastest way of slicing and blending audio clips together. Once you get used to making audio edits on the timeline, you will probably never again go to the file menu bar to create your audio cut points.

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