Videos look great when they sound great. It may be counterintuitive, but no matter how much you perfect your lighting, camera work, and dialog, the smallest audio imperfections can make your whole project look amateurish.
I want you to get better audio out of your videos. Although it requires using a good microphone to start out with, there are some simple things you can do in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Audition CC to take your recorded audio to the next level.
Note: To work with the same files that I show in the following presentations, download the source files (ZIP, 123 MB).
Video 1. Achieve professional-sounding audio by adding vocal enhancements and single-band compression to a sample audio recording.
In Video 1, I show you how to achieve great-sounding audio in a screencast presentation. Start out by using a separate microphone, not the one built into your camera or laptop. I also show you how to swap audio tracks in Adobe Premiere Pro and synchronize them perfectly. Two tweaks that you can apply to your audio include a vocal enhancer audio effect to give it more of a male sound (in my case) and single-band compression to improve the overall voice quality.
These post-production effects may seem subtle, but they'll go a long way toward improving your work. Someone looking at your video will think it looks more professional because it sounds more professional.
Video 2. Use Adobe Audition CC to fix some challenges inherent in two audio clips and make them sound better.
In Video 2, I show you how to fix some unfortunate problems with two sample audio clips. First there's some background street noise that made its way into a segment I shot outdoors. You'll see how easy it is to use the noise reduction tool in Adobe Audition to analyze the background environmental noise and remove it almost entirely from the clip.
The second problem is an interrupting noise that occurred during filming when an incoming text message made my mobile phone chime. Sure, I could have avoided that problem by turning off my phone, but you can easily isolate an offending sound from your own video and remove it visually (as if with an eraser) using the Sound Remover tool. It's like magic.
These videos conclude my series about the Adobe audio and video tools from the perspective of a Creative Cloud member who isn't necessarily familiar with editing audio or video:
Throughout this series, my intent has been to provide a starting point for working with these products that I hope encourages you to explore them further without being intimidated by them.
For more information on getting good audio and enhancing the audio you already have, read Simple tips for recording high-quality audio by Ryan Kleeman in the October 2013 issue of Adobe Inspire Magazine.