Automatic Audio Muting as in Documentaries

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by HobbyDocumentary, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. It is common to see documentaries with background music that
    automatically goes low in volume as the narrator speaks and comes back
    to previous volume level as the narrator stops speaking.
    Is there any software that could help me do that ? Doing it manually is
    a laborious task.I have Audacity (Free), but could not find the feature
    HobbyDocumentary, Jan 17, 2006
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    Bill Lee Guest

    The name of the effect is called "Audio Ducking". A quick search in
    Google will discover some PC applications that have that feature.

    Since I edit on Macintoshes, I can't recommend one that would best meet
    your needs, but will just note that the very latest version of iMovie
    announced by Steve Jobs a week ago now includes such a feature for
    Macintosh iMovie users.

    Bill Lee
    Bill Lee, Jan 17, 2006
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    RS Guest

    Vegas lets you do that pretty easily.
    RS, Jan 17, 2006
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    thinicetv Guest

    Adobie Priemer Pro does that also.
    thinicetv, Jan 17, 2006
  5. Thanks to all.So it is called audio ducking.An addition to my knowledge
    , I have been using many keywords on google and found nothing.Adobe
    Premiere Pro seems to be advised by almost everybody.Cograts to the
    Adobe team.
    HobbyDocumentary, Jan 19, 2006
  6. No program, whether announced as included on the Mac by Steve Jobs or not,
    will automatically duck the audio when a narrator begins to talk. In the
    studio this is manually done by the engineer who pulls back the sliders to
    the appropriate level during narration and then back after the narration.

    In NLE it is done by using keyframing. No matter what you will have to
    manually set these by hand. Otherwise feed your audio through a mixing board
    and pull the sliders.
    Larry Johnson, Jan 20, 2006
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