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Matthew Baamonde
Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 19, 2011 at 2:24:17 am

Hi everybody,
I'm working with large batches of audio files (7,000+) in my FCP project, no video is involved. They are distributed by genre/category in separate bins and I'm required to adjust the volume parameter on all of them down -12 db.

Is there a way to do this in bulk rather than clicking on every file and dropping it manually?

There is a way to drop them in the sequencer and paste the attributes in bulk, but then I lose my bins and it's just about the same amount of work anyway.

Any ideas?

Thank you!


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Shane Ross
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 19, 2011 at 6:40:42 am

Select all the audio files you want to affect. Then type CONTROL ] to adjust down -3db. DO that 4 times to get -12db.

Control [ goes up +3db
Control- is -1db
Control+ is +1db

Shane

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Peter Wiggins
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 19, 2011 at 8:37:18 am

I tend to prefer Command Alt L then adjust to the number.

Peter


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Matthew Baamonde
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 19, 2011 at 6:21:28 pm

Thank you guys. I will try this out now!


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Matthew Baamonde
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 19, 2011 at 7:23:18 pm

Hey guys,
I appreciate the help and I've tried it but when I highlight any more than one file, neither command does anything. Both your suggestions work for one file but nothing happens when more than one is selected...

I'll play with it... any ideas?


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Shane Ross
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 19, 2011 at 7:43:56 pm

It should work. It works for me. Why it isn't for you...mystery. Trash preferences and try again? This is how I do this...daily.

Shane

GETTING ORGANIZED WITH FINAL CUT PRO DVD...don't miss it.
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jon smitherton
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 19, 2011 at 8:31:57 pm

Or if the all the audio is uniform, you can turn down the master by 12dB in the audio mixer.
Jon



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jon smitherton
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 19, 2011 at 8:33:58 pm

or set one level of a clip in time line, select others, option-V paste attributes of audio level.
Jon



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Richard Cooper
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:02:36 am

Hi Mathew,
Are you trying to do what Shane said in on the clips in the time line or the browser bin? Won't work in the Bin. The clips must all be on the timeline.

Richard Cooper
FrostLine Productions, LLC
Anchorage, Alaska
http://www.frostlineproductions.com


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Matthew Baamonde
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:05:12 am

Ahh ok, that was the miscommunication.

This is all in the bin. I have 7000+ tracks in separate bins so it would be just as much work to add those to the timeline as clicking each one and editing it manually.

Unless I'm missing any other work arounds...

Thank you!


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Shane Ross
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:07:27 am

AHA! Good catch Richard!

You can't adjust anything to clips while they are in the browser. Can't adjust audio, can't add filters. Only in the Viewer or on the timeline/canvas.

Shane

GETTING ORGANIZED WITH FINAL CUT PRO DVD...don't miss it.
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Matthew Baamonde
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 20, 2011 at 12:14:40 am

Hmm. Ok thank you for the help.

More specifically this is our music library for a production company. The editors load this project to add tracks to their projects but all the tracks tend to be too loud for their mixes so we default them to -12 db.

So any other suggestions for ways to do this would be most appreciated. Thank you!


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Wayne Marx
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Jan 20, 2011 at 2:07:52 pm

You can maybe try batch process them in Compressor or MPEGStreamclip with the -xdb variable.

W


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Paul Factora
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Apr 4, 2012 at 7:21:00 pm

Sorry I'm late on this but the solution I've been using is to:


-create new bin.

-go to your bin with audio files and select all files you want to adjust volume to.

-drag onto an empty timeline.

-copy/paste audio attributes, pan etc to all audio clips on timeline.

-select all clips in timeline and drag them into the new bin.

-rename bin and have a snack. : )


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Paul Factora
Re: Adjust Volumes/DB Level of Audio Tracks in Bulk
on Apr 4, 2012 at 7:24:39 pm

Sorry I'm late on this but the solution I've been using is to:


-create new bin.

-go to your bin with audio files and select all files you want to adjust volume to.

-drag onto an empty timeline.

-copy/paste audio attributes, pan etc to all audio clips on timeline.

-select all clips in timeline and drag them into the new bin.

-rename bin and enjoy the time you've saved. : )


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