From FCP 7, I've exported all tracks to separate AIFF files, and opened them in a multitrack STP 3 project. (Love the technology.)
The overall volume/amplitude of the source is low. Planning to first do a basic audio "clean", then run it through LEVELATOR and open the results with STP 3. I did a quick test -> the volume is too loud. Here's the question:
Can I adjust the amplitude of the output in STP 3? What's the best amp level for DVD & BD? -8db, -6dB?
Or shall I simply run it through Levelator, adjust amplitude, then do the cleaning (mainly in between sentences)? Or is there a better way?
Levelator is intended for speech. It doesn't do well with music. I wish it gave users access to threshold levels, amount of compression, etc. so we could tweak it. While it is useful if you need a quick & dirty leveling job, it doesn't replace taking your time to do a proper mix.
STP3 gives you complete control of levels. It has all the tools you need to control your audio. As for DVD levels, there's a lot of discussion about that in the FCP and DVDSP forums. Search there and you'll find loads of info.
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