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Dave LaRonde
Any way to see audio waveform in Source Viewer?
on Nov 1, 2018 at 6:30:54 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on Nov 1, 2018 at 6:35:12 pm

I frequently have to edit voiceovers in Avid. It would speed up the process a lot if I could see the waveform in the Source viewer. Currently it's just black in there. Anyone know how to see a waveform instead?

I've had to resort to putting the audio in the timeline where I'm able to see a waveform -- lots of clip splitting, deleting and moving. Not a lot of fun.

I suppose I could take the voiceover into Premiere Pro, then export a wav file & import into Avid, but that seems pretty silly. And it wastes time -- I'm cutting promos that air 20 minutes after they're exported, so time is a BIG factor.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Michael Hancock
Re: Any way to see audio waveform in Source Viewer?
on Nov 1, 2018 at 6:44:31 pm

You can't show an audio waveform in the source monitor, but there is a button that you can toggle that changes your timeline to show what is loaded into your source monitor, and it will show your waveform.

I found this video that demonstrates it:





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Michael Hancock
Editor


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Any way to see audio waveform in Source Viewer?
on Nov 1, 2018 at 10:35:48 pm

Thanks, I know that trick. It really does help.

In Premiere Pro, you can see a waveform in the Source viewer AND in the timeline, and being able to see it in both places is extremely helpful.

How long has Avid been around? And they never thought to have that feature?

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Michael Phillips
Re: Any way to see audio waveform in Source Viewer?
on Nov 2, 2018 at 1:21:59 pm

It's not that they've never thought of having that feature but more an issue of priorities, resources, etc. and now much work it would take to enable such a feature. But I agree it is long overdue.

Michael


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Michael Hancock
Re: Any way to see audio waveform in Source Viewer?
on Nov 2, 2018 at 1:25:05 pm

I think if they put audio waveforms in the source monitor before they updated the title tool an angry horde of Avid editors would storm the castles and burn Avid's headquarters to the ground. 😁

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Michael Hancock
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Dave LaRonde
Re: Any way to see audio waveform in Source Viewer?
on Nov 2, 2018 at 4:02:11 pm

Honestly, I can't think of ANY NLE's title tool that's worth a spit!

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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