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=== When to Edit in Audition? ===
 
=== When to Edit in Audition? ===
Although there is no agreed-upon, industry-wide workflow that you need to prescribe to, there are certain things to keep in mind while working on the audio for your Premiere project...
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'''Audition''' can be helpful in editing audio for a Premiere Pro project.  The '''Waveform Editor''' can be used to process files before they are imported to '''Premiere Pro'''.  For example converting stereo files to mono.  The '''Multitrack Editor''' can be used to mix the audio from a '''Premiere Pro''' project. '''Adobe''' has been adding more of the audio effects from '''Audition''' into '''Premiere Pro'''. '''Audition''' can open a '''Premiere Pro''' project file and it will import the audio tracks and have a reference video track.<br>
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==== Waveform Editor:  ====
===== Waveform Editor:  [generally used early in the process] =====
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The '''Waveform Editor''' can be used to process files before they are imported to '''Premiere Pro''' or an '''Audition''' multitrack session.
* The Waveform Editor in Adobe Audition is ''destructive.''  This means that if you make an edit to your sound file and save it as the same name in the same location it was pulled from, the original file will permanently reflect the changes you made.
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* The '''Waveform Editor''' in '''Audition''' is ''destructive.''   
** This is a great reason to have your audio files backed up somewhere safe, like an external hard drive, another computer, or a cloud-based system such as Google Drive.
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** This means that if you make an edit to your sound file and save it as the same name in the same location it was pulled from, the original file will permanently reflect the changes you made.
* The Waveform Editor is used for individual audio file manipulation/repair/prep, not for ''sequences''.
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** Always keep backups of your original audio files
* Typically, you would edit files in the Waveform Editor ''before'' importing them into your Premiere project.
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* The '''Waveform Editor''' is used for individual audio file manipulation/repair/prep, not for ''sequences''.
** If you need to "Extract Channels to Mono Files" because, for instance, you made your recording on the Olympus LS-100, this would be ideal to have completed before you've imported that file into Premiere.
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* Typically, you would edit files in the '''Waveform Editor''' ''before'' importing them into your '''Premiere Pro''' project.
** Another common edit that you might make ahead of importing audio into Premiere would be to clean it up or repair it:
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** Examples of work you might do include:
*** For instance, the most advanced "Noise Removal" processes are only accessible in the Waveform EditorAlthough it is possible to do this work later in the process, your life will be much less complicated if you address problematic audio as soon as possible.
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*** Converting stereo files to mono with '''Extract Channels to Mono Files'''
* Since the Waveform Editor is destructive (changes are permanent), you should avoid making any extreme changes to your audio here.
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*** Trimming audio recordingsTaking a 30m minute recording of nature sounds and splitting up to short clips.
** With an Equalizer, you could probably justify using a Low-Cut filter in the Waveform Editor, but you may want to avoid anything too extreme.
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* Since the '''Waveform Editor''' is destructive (changes are permanent), you should avoid making any extreme changes to your audio here.
** You likely want to avoid using any effects such as the Flanger, Chorus, Reverb, etc. in the Waveform Editor unless you know what you are doing and why you are doing it that way; all of these effects will be available in the Multitrack Session once you get there, and they will be non-destructive there (forever editable).
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** If you are trying to create unusual sounds or sound effects then the '''Waveform''' editor can be a good place to process audio.
** EQ'ing a single file by itself can lead to a very different result than EQ'ing with other files (often in adverse fashion). If you are editing more than one file, it's ''strongly'' recommended that you wait and EQ in a non-destructive way (such as using the Multitrack Editor).
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** For many effects like equalization it's best to apply them in the '''Multitrack Editor''' or '''Premiere Pro'''
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*** It is better to apply the effects when you are listening to the audio in the mix with other sounds.
 
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===== Multitrack Editor:  [generally used near the end of the process] =====
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==== Multitrack Editor:  ====
* The Multitrack Editor in Adobe Audition is non-destructive.  This means that any effects or changes you make to your audio can be undone or modified at any time in the future.
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The '''Multitrack Editor''' can be used to mix the audio from a '''Premiere Pro''' project.  You should be done with editing the video before opening the mix in '''Audition'''.
* The Multitrack Editor is where you will be editing your Premiere sequence audio.
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* The '''Multitrack Editor''' in '''Audition''' is non-destructive.  This means that any effects or changes you make to your audio can be undone or modified at any time in the future.
** '''You should have your Premiere project mostly completed (at least have the cuts where you want them) before editing the audio in the Multitrack Editor, because, after editing in the Multitrack Editor, you will be exporting a stereo multitrack mixdown from Audition to put back in your Premiere project''' → If you finish editing in Audition, but then decide to move your video around in Premiere, your audio may no longer sync up, causing you great frustration and likely costing you a bunch of time as you may need to start your Audition editing process all over again.
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* The '''Multitrack Editor''' is where you can edit your '''Premiere Pro''' sequence audio.
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** '''You should have your Premiere project mostly completed''' (at least have the cuts where you want them) before editing the audio in the '''Multitrack Editor.'''  
 
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=== Opening Premiere Project in Audition ===
 
=== Opening Premiere Project in Audition ===
There are a few ways of opening a Premiere Project/Sequence in Audition:
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A '''Premiere Pro''' sequence can be opened directly by '''Audition''':
* The newest way is to open Audition, then drag your Premiere project file (''title''.prproj) into the the Files panel located at the top left of the screen. 
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# Open '''Audition'''
* Alternatively, you can go to '''File > Import > File''' then select your Premiere project file from there.
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# Go to '''File > Open and''' select your '''Premiere Pro''' project file
** Both of these methods will pull up a dialog box showing a list of Sequences that the project file contains.  Select the Sequence you wish to work on.
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# Click '''Open'''
*** If your Premiere sequence contains "nested sequences," you will need to render those before bringing them into Audition.
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# The '''Import a Premiere Pro Sequence''' window will open
* The old way of opening a Premiere sequence is done from within Premiere...
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# Select the sequence and click '''OK'''
** Select '''Edit''' > '''Edit''' '''in Adobe''' '''Audition''' '''> Sequence.'''
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# A new multitrack session will be created
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#* It will contain the audio clips and volume and pan keyframes
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#* If there are audio effects that also work in '''Audition''' they will be imported
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# Go to '''File > Save'''
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# Name the multitrack session and select a location to save it and click '''OK'''
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# If you get a warning about copying the audio files click '''Yes'''
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==== Notes ====
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* If your '''Premiere Pro''' sequence contains '''nested sequences''', you will need to render the project in '''Premiere Pro''' before bringing them into '''Audition'''.
 
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=== Getting Your Audition Audio Back to Premiere ===
 
=== Getting Your Audition Audio Back to Premiere ===
This part is actually quite simple:
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<br>When you are done with your mix you can export an audio file and manually import it into '''Premiere Pro''' or you can export a special file that will automatically import the mix into '''Premiere Pro'''The final mix will be a stereo wav file with all of your tracks, edits, levels and effects mixed together.<br>
* Once finished using the Multitrack Editor, assuming you want your entire Multitrack project to be exported for use in Premiere, you will select '''File > Export > Multitrack Mixdown > Entire Session'''
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** Make sure to select the proper destination for your file to be saved to.  It may be wise to save this Multitrack Mixdown into the folder that contains your Premiere project and assets. 
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* At this point, you can simply import that Multitrack Mixdown into Premiere.  If you have done everything correctly, you should be able to place the beginning of your mixdown at 0min 0sec in your sequence and it should line up perfectly.  You will want to ''mute'' all other audio in your sequence, of course, as the old audio will not reflect the changes you made in Audition.
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=== Common Mistakes / Issues ===
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==== Export Audio as Multitrack Mixdown ====
There are many ways to end up with terrible audio or confusing Multitrack Sessions!  What joy!  Here is a brief look at some common mistakes and issues students may have:
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# Go to '''File > Export > Multitrack Mixdown > Entire Session\'''
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# Name the file
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# Set the location in a folder with your '''Premiere Pro''' project
  
* Clipping Audio
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===== Import the Audio File into Premiere Pro =====
** Make sure to keep an eye on the audio meter at the bottom of the screen, and/or the meter on the Master channel (at the bottom of the Multitrack sequence window.
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# Open the original '''Premiere Pro''' project.
** If your audio hits or exceeds 0dB, you need to find a way to reduce the volume (ex: Volume envelope manipulation; Apply a Limiter/Compressor).<br><br>
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# Import the audio file
* My Multitrack Session seems incredibly long!  Why is that?
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# Add the audio file to the beginning of the new track (0min 0sec)
** Usually caused by erroneous audio accidentally placed deep into the project, making it look incredibly long (much longer than intended). → Zoom in at the end of your sequence and delete/move audio.<br><br>
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# '''Mute''' all of the other audio tracks
* Clip Effects vs. Channel Effects
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# Playback the project to make sure everything is in sync
** Clip Effects are applied to an individual audio clip.  You may have several clips in a single audio channel/track (such as ''Track 1'') that can each have different Clip Effects applied to them.
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# Export a video file from '''Premiere Pro'''
** Channel Effects apply to ''all'' clips on that channel/track.
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** If you use Envelopes to automate a Clip Effect, the envelopes will remain locked into position even if you relocate the clip in the timeline.
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** If you use Envelopes to automate a Channel Effect, the envelopes will ''not'' move along with a clip; the envelope will stay in one place even if you change the location of the clips on that channel.
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* Some effects are ONLY in either Audition or Premiere, but not in both.  This can cause a lot of confusion.  For a list of these effects, please click [https://helpwiki.evergreen.edu/wiki/index.php/Audio_Effects_Compatibility_-_Audition THIS LINK].
 
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==== Export Audio Directly to Premiere ====
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# Go to '''File > Export > Export to Adobe Premiere Pro'''
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# The '''Export to Adobe Premiere Pro''' dialog will open
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# Name the file. The default name should be fine.  Make sure that the file ends in '''.xml'''
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# For '''Location''' browse to your '''Premiere Pro''' project folder
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# In the '''Options''' section select '''Mixdown session to''' and then select '''Stereo File'''
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# Check the box '''Open in Adobe Premiere Pro'''
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# Click '''Export'''.
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# '''Premiere Pro''' will open
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# Select the Premiere Pro project file that audio will be imported to
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# Click '''Open'''
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# In the '''Copy Audition Audio Tracks''' dialog select '''New Audio Track'''
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# Click '''OK'''
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# The audio fill will be imported into the new track.
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# '''Mute''' all of the other audio tracks
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# Playback the project to make sure everything is in sync
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# Export a video file from '''Premiere Pro'''<br><br><br>
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=== Common Audition Mistakes / Issues ===
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Here is a brief look at some common mistakes and issues you may encounter:
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==== Clipping Audio ====
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* Make sure to keep an eye on the audio meter at the bottom of the screen, and/or the meter on the '''Mix Track''' (at the bottom of the '''Multitrack Editor''' window. 
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* If your audio hits or exceeds 0dB (indicated by red lights on your meter), you need to find a way to reduce the volume
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** (ex: Reduce clip/channel/master volume, manipulate "volume envelopes"; apply a Limiter/Compressor, etc.).
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* If you allow your audio to hit or exceed 0dB it can have a variety of negative effects when played back including: 
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** Distorted audio, digital artifacts, audio drop-out (little bits of silence where sound should be), damage to speakers, and more.<br><br>
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==== My Multitrack Session seems incredibly long!  Why is that? ====
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* Usually caused by an audio clip accidentally being placed deep into the project, making it look incredibly long (much longer than intended).
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** Zoom in at the end of your sequence and delete/move audio.<br><br>
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====Clip Effects vs. Channel Effects====
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* '''Clip Effects''' are applied to an individual audio clip.  You may have several clips in a single audio channel/track (such as ''Track 1'') that can each have different Clip Effects applied to them.
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*'''Channel Effects''' apply to ''all'' clips on that channel/track.
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* If you use Envelopes to automate a Clip Effect, the envelopes will remain locked into position even if you relocate the clip in the timeline.
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* If you use Envelopes to automate a Channel Effect, the envelopes will ''not'' move along with a clip; the envelope will stay in one place even if you change the location of the clips on that channel.
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** For more information about Envelopes you may visit this Adobe Help page:  [https://helpx.adobe.com/mt/audition/using/automating-mixes-envelopes1.html Automating mixes with envelopes]
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==== Effects Compatibility ====
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* Some effects are only in either '''Audition''' or '''Premiere Pro''', but not in both.  This can cause a lot of confusion. 
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* For a list of these effects see our [[Audio Effects Compatibility - Audition|Audio Effects Compatibility article]]
  
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Latest revision as of 14:54, 19 August 2021

When to Edit in Audition?

Audition can be helpful in editing audio for a Premiere Pro project. The Waveform Editor can be used to process files before they are imported to Premiere Pro. For example converting stereo files to mono. The Multitrack Editor can be used to mix the audio from a Premiere Pro project. Adobe has been adding more of the audio effects from Audition into Premiere Pro. Audition can open a Premiere Pro project file and it will import the audio tracks and have a reference video track.

Waveform Editor:

The Waveform Editor can be used to process files before they are imported to Premiere Pro or an Audition multitrack session.

  • The Waveform Editor in Audition is destructive.
    • This means that if you make an edit to your sound file and save it as the same name in the same location it was pulled from, the original file will permanently reflect the changes you made.
    • Always keep backups of your original audio files
  • The Waveform Editor is used for individual audio file manipulation/repair/prep, not for sequences.
  • Typically, you would edit files in the Waveform Editor before importing them into your Premiere Pro project.
    • Examples of work you might do include:
      • Converting stereo files to mono with Extract Channels to Mono Files
      • Trimming audio recordings. Taking a 30m minute recording of nature sounds and splitting up to short clips.
  • Since the Waveform Editor is destructive (changes are permanent), you should avoid making any extreme changes to your audio here.
    • If you are trying to create unusual sounds or sound effects then the Waveform editor can be a good place to process audio.
    • For many effects like equalization it's best to apply them in the Multitrack Editor or Premiere Pro
      • It is better to apply the effects when you are listening to the audio in the mix with other sounds.


Multitrack Editor:

The Multitrack Editor can be used to mix the audio from a Premiere Pro project. You should be done with editing the video before opening the mix in Audition.

  • The Multitrack Editor in Audition is non-destructive. This means that any effects or changes you make to your audio can be undone or modified at any time in the future.
  • The Multitrack Editor is where you can edit your Premiere Pro sequence audio.
    • You should have your Premiere project mostly completed (at least have the cuts where you want them) before editing the audio in the Multitrack Editor.



Opening Premiere Project in Audition

A Premiere Pro sequence can be opened directly by Audition:

  1. Open Audition
  2. Go to File > Open and select your Premiere Pro project file
  3. Click Open
  4. The Import a Premiere Pro Sequence window will open
  5. Select the sequence and click OK
  6. A new multitrack session will be created
    • It will contain the audio clips and volume and pan keyframes
    • If there are audio effects that also work in Audition they will be imported
  7. Go to File > Save
  8. Name the multitrack session and select a location to save it and click OK
  9. If you get a warning about copying the audio files click Yes


Notes

  • If your Premiere Pro sequence contains nested sequences, you will need to render the project in Premiere Pro before bringing them into Audition.



Getting Your Audition Audio Back to Premiere


When you are done with your mix you can export an audio file and manually import it into Premiere Pro or you can export a special file that will automatically import the mix into Premiere Pro. The final mix will be a stereo wav file with all of your tracks, edits, levels and effects mixed together.

Export Audio as Multitrack Mixdown

  1. Go to File > Export > Multitrack Mixdown > Entire Session\
  2. Name the file
  3. Set the location in a folder with your Premiere Pro project
Import the Audio File into Premiere Pro
  1. Open the original Premiere Pro project.
  2. Import the audio file
  3. Add the audio file to the beginning of the new track (0min 0sec)
  4. Mute all of the other audio tracks
  5. Playback the project to make sure everything is in sync
  6. Export a video file from Premiere Pro


Export Audio Directly to Premiere

  1. Go to File > Export > Export to Adobe Premiere Pro
  2. The Export to Adobe Premiere Pro dialog will open
  3. Name the file. The default name should be fine. Make sure that the file ends in .xml
  4. For Location browse to your Premiere Pro project folder
  5. In the Options section select Mixdown session to and then select Stereo File
  6. Check the box Open in Adobe Premiere Pro
  7. Click Export.
  8. Premiere Pro will open
  9. Select the Premiere Pro project file that audio will be imported to
  10. Click Open
  11. In the Copy Audition Audio Tracks dialog select New Audio Track
  12. Click OK
  13. The audio fill will be imported into the new track.
  14. Mute all of the other audio tracks
  15. Playback the project to make sure everything is in sync
  16. Export a video file from Premiere Pro


Common Audition Mistakes / Issues

Here is a brief look at some common mistakes and issues you may encounter:

Clipping Audio

  • Make sure to keep an eye on the audio meter at the bottom of the screen, and/or the meter on the Mix Track (at the bottom of the Multitrack Editor window.
  • If your audio hits or exceeds 0dB (indicated by red lights on your meter), you need to find a way to reduce the volume
    • (ex: Reduce clip/channel/master volume, manipulate "volume envelopes"; apply a Limiter/Compressor, etc.).
  • If you allow your audio to hit or exceed 0dB it can have a variety of negative effects when played back including:
    • Distorted audio, digital artifacts, audio drop-out (little bits of silence where sound should be), damage to speakers, and more.

My Multitrack Session seems incredibly long! Why is that?

  • Usually caused by an audio clip accidentally being placed deep into the project, making it look incredibly long (much longer than intended).
    • Zoom in at the end of your sequence and delete/move audio.

Clip Effects vs. Channel Effects

  • Clip Effects are applied to an individual audio clip. You may have several clips in a single audio channel/track (such as Track 1) that can each have different Clip Effects applied to them.
  • Channel Effects apply to all clips on that channel/track.
  • If you use Envelopes to automate a Clip Effect, the envelopes will remain locked into position even if you relocate the clip in the timeline.
  • If you use Envelopes to automate a Channel Effect, the envelopes will not move along with a clip; the envelope will stay in one place even if you change the location of the clips on that channel.

Effects Compatibility

  • Some effects are only in either Audition or Premiere Pro, but not in both. This can cause a lot of confusion.
  • For a list of these effects see our Audio Effects Compatibility article