Soundbooth features several ways of getting your cutting done, quickly and easily. Here are some great tools and tweaks for
editing, copying and pasting your audio files into coherency.
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Once again, let us open up Soundbooth from the dock. We are going to open a couple of clips here which will be useful to us in this lesson.
We will be choosing Side Effects mistake, and Tony Clean. Again you can find those files in your project files under media resources. We will also be loading a sound effect for this lesson. So navigate from the media resources folder into your sound effects folder and choose one cricket. Let us start by viewing Tony’s clip.
One of the most fundamental editing operations is simple cutting. Soundbooth features several ways to keep your cutting task done quickly and easily. As the series progresses, we will be editing and affecting source media for a hypothetical new pharmaceutical product called Zoombasol. Intentionally two over the top to be real, Zoombasol claims to be able to treat a wide variety of unrelated ailments with common side effects, which often directly mirror the ailments treated. Let us begin with a short video interview. One of Zoombasol’s greatest success stories, Tony here is explaining that not only that Zoombasol cure him of his many ailments. But it also makes his barbeques tastier than ever.
You can see here the video preview window which automatically comes out whenever I load a clip that has video attached to it. When playing, dragging the play head—
or randomly selecting points in time along my clip. You can see that the video preview window automatically updates to show me where exactly in the video I am located. The first thing we will do to this clip is trim the ends off. In our final commercial, we certainly do not want to be hearing the Director’s instructions to Tony in the background. The easiest way to trim unwanted empty space from the beginning and end of your clips is with the trim handles. The trim handles are these little guys right here at the beginning and end of your clip in the spectral view.
To use them, simply click and hold, drag the handle to the point which you want to clip, and release. We will do the same thing with the beginning. Click and hold, drag, and release. You can see here that Soundbooth cut all the audio out that was under the trim handles. But it did not actually take the audio and snug it up to the beginning of the file. This is because this particular clip has a video track synced to it, which means Soundbooth will maintain the length of the audio regardless of the edits that you make to it in order to maintain the synch with the video throughout the entire clip. If you want to make cuts in the middle of the clip, first make sure you have the time selection tool active as we do here.
Find the region you wish to cut whatever that may be. Let us just pick this little spot here.
Select it and simply press the delete or backspace key to cut the audio out. Notice again that while Soundbooth removes the audio in this region, it maintains the timing of the audio clip so that the synch does not drift. I am going to undo this change down here in the history panel, just so that we have the original state of the file minus the beginning and end to work with later.
Notice that when we use the undo panel, not only does it give us our original audio back, but it also maintains our previous selection. This is a nice little feature of Soundbooth.
Next I am going to change over to our side effects clip. Here, we have your pretty standard voice over warning potential users of the risk so-side effects. Well I guess it is standard if you consider shortness of panels to be in the normal side effects. Anyway, let us listen to this clip.
There is obviously a pretty big mistake in the middle which we can easily clear of for some simple cutting. Since the performer realized that his mistakes began at severe garlic breath, that is where he decided to re enter the phrase here. Let us take a listen.
So what are we going to do here is find the spot right where he begins to say that side effect for the first time, and cut all the audio between that point in