Monday, December 7, 2009

Audacity Audio Editing Software for Video Editing

There are times when you need to fix or change the audio in your video. You might want to place a bit a music under a voice track but your video editing program only has one audio track.

There are times you need to record audio narration or to edit audio mistakes. For the cash impaired, there is hope in the audio editing program called Audacity.

Audacity Audio Editing Software
Audacity is a free, open source program that is available on the Windows, Mac OS X, and various Linux distributions. From the website, this is a list of features of the program:
  • Record from microphone, line input, or other sources.
  • Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings.
  • Record up to 16 channels at once (requires multi-channel hardware).
  • Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during, and after recording.
The program is easy to use to use but you do need to be comfortable in taking the time to learn how to perform tasks and to install a file needed for creating MP3 files. This is a quick tour by Howard Midgley on how Audacity works and some of the features of the program

Support for the software is provided in a manual and comes from volunteers in the form of the Audacity Wiki and Tutorials. You certainly want to check out the FAQs if you plan to transfer music from cassettes, LPs and CDs or you want the basics of how to mix audio tracks.

I have used Audacity to strip out spoken word errors, mask an unexpected hum or adding a bit of music to fade in and out of a specific section of the video. It is a keeper.

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