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How to Keyframe Audio in Avid Media Composer: 5 Steps to Follow

How to Keyframe Audio in Avid

How to Keyframe Audio in Avid Media Composer: Even though Avid is mainly used to edit films, videos, and audio, the software also has the ability to add several different effects to your film. In some cases, depending on the complexity of the effect, it might be easier to add that effect within Avid itself rather than using different software. For instance, when you edit audio in Avid, you can modify the audio gain by simply adding adjusting keyframes. This is known as rubber banding.

The task of keyframe audio in Avid Media Composer is somewhat difficult. Thus, it is important to use the right techniques because precise audio editing is a crucial element of the post-production stage.

How to Keyframe Audio in Avid Media Composer?

To answer this question properly, we will break it down into two different questions. The first one will be on how to add keyframe effects to audio, and the second one will be on how to edit keyframe effects.

Add Keyframe Effects

Here are the steps you need to follow to add keyframe effects to your audio clip.

Step #1

After you’ve added an effect to your audio clip, click the button located at the bottom of the timeline window to open the Effect Editor. You can also navigate to Tools and go to Effect Editor.

Step #2

Check if your playhead is on the right clip.

Step #3

Your desired effect is going to be named in the top left of the Effect Editor.

Step #4

Within each effect, there are various parameters that you can keyframe to change your effect. These attributes are displayed as green-colored horizontal bars.

Step #5

In order to add a keyframe, simply click the keyframe icon (a pink triangle) located at the bottom of the Effect Editor window.

You have to place two keyframes before customizing the parameters.

Note: You can also just press the “Quotation/Apostrophe” key to add keyframes.

Moreover, if you move the playhead to the location of your desired change and then alter the effect value, Avid is not going to create a new keyframe automatically. Rather, it’s going to assume that you’re still working on the previous keyframe and alter its value instead.

Editing Keyframe Effects

Keyframing Audio in Avid Media Composer

Once you have two keyframes, you can simply edit the value of the effects using the Effects Editor. Just ensure you’ve selected the right keyframe before you make any changes whatsoever.

Here’s how you need to go about the editing process.

1. To Move Keyframes

In order to move a keyframe right or left to change the effects timing, press the option key, and then click and drag the keyframe to your desired location.

2. To Snap to the Decibel Lines

To see the decibel lines, you will first have to increase the track’s size. Choose the relevant audio clip and then press CMD + L. The track is now going to display white-colored decibel markers.

Now, hover the cursor above a keyframe, press CMD and drag it either up or down. This will make the keyframe snap to every decibel line.

3. To Delete or Move Multiple Keyframes At Once

Use the I key to mark the starting point and use the O key to mark the ending point around all the keyframes you wish to move. Then, however, the cursor above any keyframe until it takes the shape of a hand. Now you can move it either up or down. All the keyframes in between the two points are going to move together.

To delete several keyframes, hover the cursor above any keyframe and then hit the Delete key on your keyboard. All the keyframes located between the starting and ending point are going to be deleted.

4. To Modify Keyframe Gain

To change keyframe gain, start by opening the Audio Mixer from the Tools menu and then click on your desired keyframe. The selected keyframe is going to flash in purple. Now, adjust the level slider in order to move the keyframe either up or down.

Last Few Words

We hope this article helped you learn how to keyframe audio in Avid Media Composer. Make sure to follow the steps listed here, and keyframing is no longer going to be an issue for you!

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