Guest Post: How to make web video sound great with Adobe and Dolby Digital Plus

The following is a guest post from our friends at the Dolby Institute.  With Audition CC and the recent release of Premiere Pro CC 2015 and Adobe Media Encoder CC 2015, you have the ability to export rich stereo and surround audio mixes for your projects in Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus.

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How to make web video sound great

By Glenn Kiser, Director, Dolby Institute

Making high-quality video and getting it out for the world to see has never been easier. In the past, it took an army of technicians and artists to tell a story that could reach millions though cinema or broadcast. Now one person can do it with a mobile device and access to streaming digital video services.

And new tools are making it easier than ever to create your video’s final sound mix. The new version of Adobe® Premiere® Pro enables native Dolby Audio™ – Dolby Digital Plus™ audio streams. That means you can mix your video in surround sound, with no additional plug-ins. Now you can create immersive, surround sound content up to 7.1 channels directly in the Adobe Premiere Pro editorial platform or in its companion editorial platform specifically for audio, Adobe Audition®.

I’m going to give you some basic tips for creating a great-sounding audio mix in Premiere Pro and Audition. But remember that you can’t create a great mix if you don’t have great sound to start out with. If you’re a beginner who wants to capture better-sounding videos, start with our basic production guide. You can find more tips on capturing great sound from the Dolby® Institute and Corridor Digital.

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Audition CC 2015 now available!

I’m so happy to announce that Audition CC 2015 is now available for download from Adobe Creative Cloud.

I spilled the beans on what was new earlier this year, but now’s your chance to start using the new features for yourself.  Video editors have loved the new Dynamic Link Video Streaming when sending sequences from Premiere Pro – native resolution video streaming with no rendering required.  They’ve also shared that the Full-Screen Video Output is a hit, able to use the standard HDMI, DVI, or VGA outputs on their systems to push the video panel to an external display for ADR, review, or just enjoying a better experience editing audio to picture.

Our radio professionals will really enjoy the return and improvement of Scheduled Recordings and Custom Level Meter Crossovers which enable them to capture streaming or live content without needing to stay at their desk, or customize the color ranges in our level meters to reflect the different standards and requirements of various broadcast organizations.

Users of all sorts will benefit from Automatic Session Backup and Storing Imported Files with the Session, as well as the ability to Relink Media and replace assets in a session without losing any edits, automation, or effects.  Performance improvements to our audio device handling reduce unnecessary warning dialogs and improve stability, especially when mixing and matching devices like USB Microphones!  Advanced users will be able to take advantage of Marker Import/Export and we hope many of you find significant value with the addition of Brazilian Portuguese language support!


 

You can install the new 2015 release of Adobe Audition through Creative Cloud for desktop or from within Audition by selecting Help > Updates in the menu.

If you have a Creative Cloud membership, you always have access to the most up-to-date version of Audition. Go to the Creative Cloud site to download it. To try out the 2015 release of Adobe Audition CC, you can sign up for a free Creative Cloud membership.  For information about Creative Cloud memberships, visit this page.

A look at Batch Processing filename templates

One of Adobe Audition’s strengths is its ability to perform operations on many files at once, whether transcoding uncompressed WAV files to MP3, ensuring a dozen audio files are of legal broadcast loudness levels, or applying a full recorded favorite consisting of a dozen or more actions.  Audition does this quickly, taking advantage of your multicore or multiple CPU workstations to process multiple files simultaneously, and offers template-based naming and storage so you can organize your files based on their metadata.  We’ve received several comments recently from users who are asking for a crash course on filename templates as the documentation does not delve that deep, so I’m happy to shed a bit more light on that today.

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Adobe Audition CC Sneak Peek

I’m compelled to call this a “sneak peak” but fear the subtle, unfunny pun would either be overlooked as autocorrect’s heavy hand, my own ignorance, or missed entirely.  So let’s pretend I never mentioned it, ok?  Ok!

Hey!  We’ve got a great set of features and solutions coming up for the next release of Adobe Audition, and if you can’t make it to NAB to visit our demo stations and stage presentations, I hope this virtual trip to Vegas will suffice.

Dynamic Link video streaming

No more video rendering when sending sequences from Premiere Pro to Audition!  Premiere timelines can now be streamed via Dynamic Link directly into the Video panel in Audition, with full native resolution and frame rate.  Edit sound to your picture faster and better than ever before and see changes to your video update immediately in Audition.

Video streams directly from Premiere Pro into Audition - no rendering!

Video streams directly from Premiere Pro into Audition – no rendering!

Full-Screen mirror video display

Spotting sound effects, recording ADR or voiceovers, and previewing your video while you work just got the cinema experience!  Audition  can now mirror your video panel full-screen on a second monitor.  Use HDMI, DVI, even VGA outputs to display your full video playback on a secondary monitor.

Mirror your Video panel to any external display using HDMI or DVI outputs.

 

 

Relink Media

Easy link your multitrack clips to new media assets, changing the content while keeping all edits, automation, and effects.  Great for swapping scratch soundtracks or voiceovers with final content, or quickly relinking any content offline when a session file was opened.

Automatic Session file backup

Audition now offers the ability to periodically and intelligently store backup copies of your multitrack session .SESX files, ensuring you’ll always have a recent history of your edit state in case of power failure, hardware hiccups, or drive corruption.  Have backups stored in your Creative Cloud Files location to sync online, use your own file sync service directory, or store on a secondary or network drive.  Backups are timestamped and can easily be opened and restored if your main session file meets an accident or you simply wish you could jump back in time a bit.

Copy imported assets to session folder

We’ve received this request from many users over the past year, and I’m happy to say this feature is now available in Audition.  When saving a session containing imported media from an external location, such as sound effects and music libraries or clips from other projects, Audition will now ask users if they wish to copy the asset to the current session folder.  This prevents the dreaded “media not found” problems when taking your laptop on-the-go, or when sending someone a copy of your session.

Schedule recording

Another request from many of our long-time users was to bring back Timed Recording!  Your wish is granted!  Audition now offers the ability to schedule a recording far in advance, or to record for a specific duration.  Great for editors who might need to capture a source or stream at a time when they can’t be at their desk, or need to ensure a session doesn’t record all night.

Schedule recordings for while you're away, or set a fixed duration for immediate recordings.

Schedule recordings for while you’re away, or set a fixed duration for immediate recordings.

Custom Level Meters crossover values

Broadcasters can vary greatly in their editing and delivery requirements.  While loudness correction tools can ensure final content is delivered to spec, many editors prefer addressing loudness and headroom during the editing process.  Audition now supports arbitrary values to trigger the Caution (Yellow) and Warning (Red) meter crossover colors, allowing editors to easily ensure their projects stay within the ranges set by broadcasters, or their personal preferences.

Import / Export Markers

Audition now supports importing markers from ANY media file containing XMP metadata, or an XMP sidecar file, and applying these to any other audio file or multitrack session.  Grab cues or comment markers from Prelude or Premiere Pro users and attach them to recordings in Audition for timing adjustments or corrections.  Export markers from any audio file to tab-delimited CSV for use in third-party applications.

Brazilian Portuguese language support

Audition now supports Brazilian Portuguese as a new language option.

Audio driver performance and stability updates

Significant engineering work has been done to Audition and Premiere Pro to improve the performance and ease of use of audio devices.  Fewer pointless warnings when audio devices change, better support for mixing-and-matching USB microphones with built-in output, and no more sample rate mismatch errors should help non-audio pro’s feel more at ease and have a better experience when recording in both applications.


Find out more about what’s in store for your favorite Adobe video and audio applications

Or check out the Creative Cloud Updates blog post for the latest and greatest upcoming features for Premiere, After Effects, and more!

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Audition CC 2014.2 now available!

Greetings and happy holidays!

The Audition team has released a small update before the new year which addresses bugs discovered after the release of 7.1.  This update is available as part of your Creative Cloud membership and includes fixes for several potential crash scenarios:

  • Fixed: Crash on Windows, and waveform artifacts, at certain High DPI Scaling values when moving playhead
  • Fixed: Crash on Quit on OS X is OS update changed permissions on certain folders
  • Fixed: Potential crash when using Spot Healing brush
  • Fixed: Better inactive device detection
  • Fixed: Recent iTunes/iCloud update on Windows can break session support on OS’s which use commas as decimal separators
  • Fixed: UI and metering support for Native Instruments audio devices.
  • Fixed: Multitrack clip waveforms update slowly on certain High DPI scaling values
  • Fixed: ARRI Raw SDK support failing on OS X
  • Fixed: Channel labels may be lost when Save As with disabled channels
  • And several more!

Pricing and availability

Today’s updates to Creative Cloud are expected to be available to Creative Cloud members by the end of the day as part of their membership at no additional cost. For new customers interested in trying them out, free trials of all of the Creative Cloud applications are available, including Adobe Media Encoder CC (2014.2) https://creative.adobe.com/products/media-encoder

To join Creative Cloud, special promotional pricing is available to customers who own Adobe Creative Suite 3 or later. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, photographers, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. For pricing details, visit:https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud.html#buy

Audition CC as a Loudness Correction Appliance

While chatting with many of our users at NAB, IBC, and AES, it’s clear that loudness measurement and conformity is a crucial element in preparing their content for broadcast.  The CALM Act in the USA, and similar acts in countries around the world, enforce strict requirements on loudness measurement of content, with many standards such as ITU BS.1770, EBU R128,  ARIB TR-B32, or ATSC A/85.  Unlike the old days, where editors just had to make sure their levels didn’t go into the read, the new standards can require significantly more attention while mixing, or may benefit from post-processing tools which can automate the workflow.

Adobe Audition CC offers several loudness measurement and correction tools, which editors can easily utilize as they work or export their final content.  But this can often be a nuisance, especially in fast-paced newsrooms, and can be prone to the accidental neglectful save without ensuring the content meets station or regulatory standards.  But it’s easy to insert a step in the path from editor to playback where content can be batch processed, and we’re hearing from users who are using a seat of Audition as a Loudness Correction Appliance!  When this was brought to my attention, I wanted to make sure we shared it ASAP as it can literally save time and minimize the possibility of non-standard content making it to the airwaves.

An Audition Loudness Correction Appliance (ALCA) is simply a PC or Mac workstation running Audition, with access to a shared network drive.  As editors copy their finished audio files to this shared directory, Audition can be used to perform a Match Volume pass on files as a batched process, conforming to ITU BS.1770 or any specific loudness measurements desired.  Files can be dragged or imported into the ALCA Match Volume Panel by a lead editor, eager intern, or well-trained bird, and with a single click, individually analyzed and corrected for loudness.  In addition, all content can also be automatically converted to ensure the specific sample rate, bit rate, metadata, and quality settings required for your automation playback systems.  The corrected, conformed files are then exported and saved to a new location, which could be a Watch Folder automating import to the playback system.

To configure your own ALCA, install and activate Adobe Audition CC to the desired appliance workstation.  For this workflow, we only need a single panel visible, greatly simplifying the interface.  Open the Match Volume panel from the Window menu.

Open the Match Volume panel from the application Window menu

Open the Match Volume panel from the application Window menu

You can close the other panels if you like or, and here’s a little tip that works in many Adobe applications, press the tilde ~ key while you’re mouse cursor is over this panel to immediately maximize it.  You can also save this layout as a new Workspace by selecting Window > New Workspace…

This panel is the only one you need open for your Audition Loudness Correction Appliance system.

This panel is the only one you need open for your Audition Loudness Correction Appliance system.

Create a new workspace so you can quickly restore the layout if someone changes it.

Create a new workspace so you can quickly restore the layout if someone changes it.

Within the Match Volume panel, click the Match Volume Settings button (near the top) to show the loudness correction settings.  The default algorithm is ITU-R BS.1770-2 which is compatible with EBU R128.  The default loudness is –23 LUFS, but you could set this to whatever level your station or regional legislation requires.  This will automatically be saved in the application’s preferences such that it becomes the new default.

The Match Volume Settings allow you to specify the type of loudness correction you desire, and customize the specific LUFS value for your needs.

The Match Volume Settings allow you to specify the type of loudness correction you desire, and customize the specific LUFS value for your needs.

Next, you’ll want to add your files to be corrected to the panel.  You can click the Add Files button at the top-left of the panel, double-click in the center of the panel to invoke the Open Files dialog, or drag-and-drop them from Windows Explorer or OS X Finder.  If you click the Compute button (the magnifying glass icon to the left of the Match Volume Settings button) Audition will automatically analyze every file deposited in this panel and calculate its original loudness value and amplitude statistics.  While this isn’t necessary, it can give you a feel for how things are working and provide some insight into the overall process.

These files have been added to the dialog list, and are ready to be processed.  While the example files are MP3, your files can be of any format, sample rate, or channelization settings.

These files have been added to the dialog list, and are ready to be processed. While the example files are MP3, your files can be of any format, sample rate, or channelization settings.

To help automate the workflow, you can setup Audition to automatically process and save the files.  To do so, toggle the Export checkbox at the lower-left corner and click the Export Settings… button when it becomes enabled.  You can configure filename prefix or postfix values here (such as “loudness corrected”) or even choose templates that will draw from the file metadata.  Set the Location value to the directory where you want your finished files to be placed.

In the Export Settings dialog, you can configure the naming conventions, export location, and file format settings you wish for all media.

In the Export Settings dialog, you can configure the naming conventions, export location, and file format settings you wish for all media.

To modify the final file format settings, select the desired format (such as WAV PCM) from the Format dropdown.  To further customize your output, click the Change buttons next to Sample Type (to set sample rate, bit rate, and channelization) or Format Settings (to configure codec specific parameters.)

Sample Type configuration allows you to force all files to specific settings required by your playback system.  For instance you could force all exports to be 16-bit, for legacy automation systems that do not support 32- or 24-bit data types.

Sample Type configuration allows you to force all files to specific settings required by your playback system. For instance you could force all exports to be 16-bit, for legacy automation systems that do not support 32- or 24-bit data types.

For convenience, you can configure Audition to Remove files from the panel upon completion and Close files upon completion to free up resources as each file is processed.  Include markers and other metadata will ensure that the metadata from the source file carries through to the destination file.  If you have ID3 metadata from a source MP3 file, it will even carry through to the new destination file.  BWF bext chunks, (AES-46) CART chunks, iXML chunks, or other specific metadata chunks within a source Wave file will persist through to the destination file as well.  Click OK if you are satisfied.  You should not need to configure these settings again!

With files loaded into the panel, you can now click Run and watch your new ALCA go!  Audition will process multiple files at a time, taking advantage of multiple CPU cores to run analysis and processing in parallel.  To customize how many processor cores Audition can take advantage of, open Preferences > Data and adjust the Maximum number of concurrent file processes value.

ALCA loudness correction in progress!  In this case, all files will be corrected to -17 LUFS, saved in a new destination, and removed from the panel.

ALCA loudness correction in progress! In this case, all files will be corrected to -17 LUFS, saved in a new destination, and removed from the panel.

This process should greatly speed up loudness conformance while minimizing risk of broadcasting incorrect content, with the addition of ensuring all media meets specific format requirements.  If you setup an ALCA in your edit room, please share your experience and photos!  If you have specific requests for additional functionality, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  I can envision a future where this process is completely automated, utilizing Watch Folders or a similar technology.

 

Audition CC 2014.1 Now Available!

Happy to announce the latest updates to Audition CC 2014 (and the rest of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications!) is now available to all Creative Cloud members.  Everyone should see their Creative Cloud desktop application notify them of an available update within the next 24 hours as the update rolls out among our distribution network.

I’ve shared the details about what’s new in this release of Audition at an earlier blog post, and I wanted to take some time to go into a bit more detail about some of the features now available.

Our engineers spent a great deal of time updating our UI code to support High DPI displays.  Also known as HiDPI or Retina displays, many new monitors and laptop systems now support 4K resolution with very high pixel density.  Higher density means images and text are more solid and sharp and requires less work from our eyes to view.  This reduces the visual fatigue that can come from long editing sessions and makes video, graphs, and waveforms sharper than every before.

Safari Retina Icon

On the left, a standard icon. On the right, a High DPI icon. Note that more pixels makes for a clearer, sharper, easier-to-see image.

It also allows users to better customize their application environments, determining for themselves the proper balance of large, legible text vs. more panels and more information on screen.  You can decide for yourself through your OS display scaling options whether your workspace will look more like a clean, mobile application or an airplane cockpit with lots of meters, panels, graphs, editing and mixing windows open simultaneously.  Below are sample workspaces designed for 100%, 150%, and 200% OS scaling resolutions.

100% Scaling:  Icons and Text get smaller as the resolution increases.  Useful for busy workspaces  with many panels and large displays.

100% Scaling: Icons and Text get smaller as the resolution increases. Useful for busy workspaces with many panels and
large displays.

150% Scaling: A balance between workspace area and UI components.  General use, workspaces with fewer panels open.

150% Scaling: A balance between workspace area and UI components. General use, workspaces with fewer panels open.

200% Scaling: Large UI components, reduced workspace area.  Best for touch-enabled and mobile interfaces.  Large  buttons, text, and targets.

200% Scaling: Large UI components, reduced workspace area. Best for touch-enabled and mobile interfaces. Large buttons, text, and targets.

You’ll also notice a brand new UI in all of the Adobe Digital Video and Audio applications.  This design update:

  • Modernizes the DVA User Interface
  • Presents clean, flat icons and components
  • Reduces the brightness and visual complexity of the application, enabling content and components to stand-out
  • Uses high-visibility, blue highlights for component and panel focus
  • Presents less UI “busy stuff” that takes up space and distracts attention from the content
The new User Interface design sports a darker application color to allow flat icons and content to stand out.  We're reducing unnecessary clutter and preparing our applications for next generation interaction models.

The new User Interface design sports a darker application color to allow flat icons and content to stand out. We’re reducing unnecessary clutter and preparing our applications for next generation interaction models.

Stay tuned to the blog for deeper dives into iXML Metadata and the new Speech Volume Leveler updates.

What’s new in Audition CC 2014.1? HiDPI, iXML, and exciting improvements!

I’m excited to reveal this sneak peek at what’s coming in the next update for Adobe Audition CC 2014.

The first thing you’ll notice is a dramatic new interface update, with support for high pixel density (HiDPI) displays.  A new UI modernizes the look and feel of all Adobe digital video and audio applications, sporting flat icons, cleaner panels, and high-visibility highlights for better component and panel focus.  HiDPI support means those of you with retina or high-resolution displays will see sharper, defined icons and components, reducing eye fatigue and enabling preview of video content at full resolution.  Scaling options means you can build your workspace and easily display as much or as little information as your workflow requires.

Audition CC 2014.1 updates video import support, providing faster launch and load times, better playback performance, and support for new formats and Mediacore plug-ins.  Easily import many flavors of MXF or XDCAM-EX, for example, or access your library of Adobe Soundbooth .ASND mixdown previews.

 

This update also implements iXML support, which is popular standard for embedded metadata in production media files.  Devices or software used in location recordings can embed information on Project, Scene, Take, Comments, Timecode, and more.  This metadata can be viewed, modified, or created in Audition and follows your media throughout your production pipeline.

Waveform view with iXML metadata support

Waveform and spectral views are more detailed on HiDPI monitors, and iXML metadata supports your entire audio production workflow, from set to stream.

 

 

We’ve made an exciting change to one of the most popular effects in Audition, the Speech Volume Leveler.  This tool has been valuable for correcting fluctuating loudness levels in recordings, but for many location recordings, background noise has fluctuated with the speech, making some audio still unsuitable for production.  A new parameter, Target Dynamic Range, assists the algorithm in finding a better balance between amplification of speech content and reduction of noise, allowing you to “dial in” the perfect setting for your needs.

What a difference a slider can make!

What a difference a slider can make.

 

Availability

The new updates to the Creative Cloud video apps and Adobe Anywhere for video are expected to ship in the coming weeks.

Adobe will host MAX, The Creativity Conference [http://max.adobe.com], Oct. 4-8 in Los Angeles, to share even more amazing innovations coming to Creative Cloud across desktop, mobile, services and community. To be among the first to know when these and other Creative Cloud updates are available, follow us on Twitter @creativecloud or join us on Facebook.

 

Audition CC 2014.0.1 Patch released

Next time you open Creative Cloud, you’ll see an update for Audition CC 2014 available! Unfortunately, there are no new features tucked away in here, but there are some important bug fixes our team identified after the release in June that we wanted to get out ASAP.

Most important, there are improvements to Crash Recovery which ensure your content is safe and secure in the event of a crash. We also fixed a long-standing, tricky little bug that prevented some OS X users from launching in the event of some corrupted or unexpected system fonts.

Please update when you have the chance, and let us know if you have any questions. Thanks, and have a great day!

New Add-ons marketplace for Audition

I wanted to share a new service available with the 2014 release of Audition CC, a third-party add-ons marketplace.  This online store offers third-party content, training, and services that support Adobe applications, and enables our users to market their own add-on content as well.  Currently, this includes Learn Adobe Audition CC, a video training course by Larry Jordan, and several amazing sound effects bundles produced by Precisionsound, with more free and paid content on the way!

You can visit Adobe Exchange by clicking this link, or by choosing Help > Browse Add-Ons… in the Audition menu bar.  If you are a content producer and are interested in participating, please visit the Producer Portal for detailed information and assistance in making your products available for sale, trial, or free to Adobe Creative Cloud members.