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How to copy audio tracks from the source window to the timeline with Automation Blocks?

Engaged ,
Feb 28, 2024 Feb 28, 2024

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I would like to know if this is possible with Automation Blocks:
I have a timeline where I have deleted audio tracks in the clips, to make it more manageable to work on the timeline. Once the editing is finished, I want to recover the deleted audio tracks. To do this I can use the F key by positioning the playhead over each clip in the timeline. By pressing F, I can drag the audio tracks of each clip from the source window and place them under each video clip in the audio part of the timeline, manually and for each clip of the timeline. If the timeline has a lot of clips it can be endless.
Could this be done automatically with Automotion Blocks?

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Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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Hi Manuel,

it is a bit tricky, but can be done. In a nutshell, the challenge is that the Automation Blocks block to insert clips always inserts both audio and video. So as a workaround I wrote a tool which does the following for you:
For each video clip in V1, create duplicate in V2 with proper audio linked to it in A2. This means, you end up with identical content in V1 and V2, but the one in V2 has audio linked to it. Then you can verify that the content in V1 and V2 is in deed identical and then delete the content in V1 if you like. See this video:


Get (my paid tool) Automation Blocks here:

https://aescripts.com/automation-blocks-for-premiere-pro/

You can download the custom block script shown in the video here :

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/ati8h39zmo8x0wuq7q1hj/AutomationBlocksPr_Community_DuplicateClipsFrom...

 

Mathias Möhl - Developer of tools like BeatEdit and Automation Blocks for Premiere Pro and After Effects

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Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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This is fantastic! Thank you very much Mathias
I see that it is possible, but as English is not my native language, I didn't explain myself fully. The video clips I have have eight audio channels, and the editor wants to leave only channel 1 which is a downmix of the rest. So he can edit more comfortably than with video clips with too many audio channels. Once the movie is edited, it is necessary to recover the rest of the deleted audio channels, in order to work on the final audio mix.
Do you think it will be possible to use the script on a timeline with hundreds or thousand of clips and clips with eight audio channels? Or will it be too complicated?

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Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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When you drag such a clip with 8 channel audio from the project panel into the sequence, does Pr place all the 8 channels in a single (adaptive) audio track? If so, just make sure A2 is configured to be adaptive and I guess it should work. Processing lots of clips should not be an issue. It it works with 5 clips, it will also work with 500 :-).

 

Mathias Möhl - Developer of tools like BeatEdit and Automation Blocks for Premiere Pro and After Effects

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Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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No, each audio track is in a different track. I'm going to post some screenshots if I can and explain it better.

Pic_01.jpgPic_02.jpgPic_03.jpgPic_04.jpg

This is the manual process that I would like to automate.
Sorry, I hope I have explained it better now.

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Feb 29, 2024 Feb 29, 2024

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Thanks a lot for sharing the details! In Premiere Pro's scripting engine (which Automation Blocks uses under the hood), when you insert a clip, you can only specify one target audio channel. Not sure how Premiere Pro behaves then, when your clip has so many embedded audio tracks. I recommend that you just test the tool (you can use the free trial of Automation Blocks, too) and see how it behaves on your footage.

Mathias Möhl - Developer of tools like BeatEdit and Automation Blocks for Premiere Pro and After Effects

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Mar 01, 2024 Mar 01, 2024

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Ok. Thank you very much, you've been very kind. Regards

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