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Premiere Pro changing audio levels in the timeline

New Here ,
Jun 24, 2024 Jun 24, 2024

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Hi all,

 

I'm using a MacBook Pro, 14 inch, 2021; Apple M1 Pro, 16 GB, Sonoma 14.5

 

Since the latest update, Premiere Pro (24.5.0 build 57) has been changing the audio levels in the timeline.

 

I'm recording MP4 on a Canon XA-75.

 

The levels are correct as recorded, peaking at about -6dB. 

 

Earlier today, when I was editing, the audio levels were normal in the timeline, and it all sounded find. Halfway through the edit, the audio levels of all the segments in the timeline had shot up to zero, basically all red and completely distorted. This has happened a couple of other times in the past two weeks.

 

I also have tried to set the correct levels in one segment, copying them, then pasting the attributes in the rest of them to save time. That did not work. I also tried setting the audio gain to -6dB on all the segments by right-clicking and going to audio gain in the pull-down menu. That didn't seem to have an effect.

 

A couple of weeks ago, I had a different audio issue. After saving a project and quitting PrPro, I went back to the project the following day, and the audio was missing from the project, so I had to fix all of that, which took extra time (I posted that issue at the time that it happened).

 

I don't know what Adobe has done to this editing platform, which was working just fine before the latest update, but it has me boiling mad. It is adding extra work and putting my deadlines in danger because of the unexpected extra work I have to do. 

 

Is there a way to go back to an older version of PrPro??

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Jun 24, 2024 Jun 24, 2024

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Is there a way to go back to an older version of PrPro??


By @Cesar23618499wmv2

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/using/install-previous-version.html

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Jun 24, 2024 Jun 24, 2024

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Hi Cesar,

Could you share a screenshot of your Premiere Pro window, specifically showing the timeline and effect controls? This will help us better understand the issue you're experiencing with changing audio levels.

Thanks!
Paul

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Jun 25, 2024 Jun 25, 2024

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Thank you for your reply. Here are the two screenshots showing the audio for my track (audio 2) and the audio for the nat sound. You will notice that the audio levels for my track are all over the place because I had to change each one to have them peak at -6dB. When I started this edit, all the levels were normal in the timeline. It wasn't until later, when I went back to edit video levels that I noticed the audio levels had been changed. Surprisingly, even though they audio waves look high and low in the different clips, the meter levels showed the same levels. I have no idea what's happening or why.track.pngnats.png

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LEGEND ,
Jun 24, 2024 Jun 24, 2024

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Adding to Paul's suggestion, please include a screengrab of the Audio Track Mixer panel. That occasionally gets popped into Touch or Write mode, which then sees many keyboard touches as changing audio levels.

 

It's good to rule that out quickly.

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Jun 25, 2024 Jun 25, 2024

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Thank you for your help. Here is a screen shot showing the Audio Track Mixer.audio track mixer.png

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Jun 25, 2024 Jun 25, 2024

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I should add, as I mentioned above to Paul Murphy, when I first started doing the edits, all the levels were normal. I noticed that they had changed later, when I went back to edit video levels. I hadn't even touched the audio at that point.

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Jun 25, 2024 Jun 25, 2024

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It looks like your master fader in the track mixer is set to +15db, that would make everything peak high. Try setting it back to zero.

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Jun 25, 2024 Jun 25, 2024

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Thank you. I will do that, but that's the weird part about it, though. I never changed it, never touched it.

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Jun 25, 2024 Jun 25, 2024

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This issue might have occurred if the Mix Track Volume in the Timeline was accidentally dragged up (it's the very last track).

On a side note, you might find the Essential Sound panel very useful for your audio workflow. It can level out your dialogue and automatically keyframe your background ambience to duck under your dialogue, making the process much faster and easier than doing it manually.

Cheers,
Paul

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Jun 25, 2024 Jun 25, 2024

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Thank you so much!

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Jun 25, 2024 Jun 25, 2024

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One more thing--one of my colleagues had the same experience earlier this week. I don't usually use the Audio Track Mix for my news packages, so I don't know how that would have been moved up.

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Jun 25, 2024 Jun 25, 2024

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You may have accidentally dragged the Track Volume envelope in the Timeline.

You can avoid this in the future by locking your Mix track.

PaulMurphy_1-1719362514387.png

 

 Cheers,

Paul

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