Exporting Audio in Studio One

5 Easy Steps to Make Your Videos Sound Louder!

Hello all, in this tutorial I’ll show you (videographers, cinematographers, etc.) how to make videos sound louder. To be a truly good film maker, you’ll have grasp a strong basic in sound too. That is simply because sound plays a very important role sitting together with video. We wouldn’t want to turn our viewers away just because we didn’t pay enough attention to the sound in our video or film right?

Step 1

Understand that you can unlink the audio from video. To unlink the audio from your video, you can simply use a video editor like Sony Vegas on the PC or even Adobe Premiere. In fact most video editors will be able to do it, but if your video editor doesn’t do the trick, you can simply use a video converter software like Lionsea Video Converter or even your music DAW to extract the audio from the video.

Extracting Audio From Video in Studio One

Extracting Audio From Video in Studio One

Exporting Audio in Studio One

Exporting Audio in Studio One

In this example I used my DAW, Studio One to extract the audio from a sample video by simply dragging the video to the arrange window. The audio is then exported as a wav file so I can begin to work on the audio.

Step 2

We’re going to start processing audio in this step, so dig out your trusty audio editor. If you don’t have one, I recommend getting Audacity. Audacity is a free audio editor which has the functions of a professional audio software. Better yet, it works on PC & Mac. Get it installed on your system

Step 3

Launch Audacity. Drop in the exported audio into the arrange window and you’ll see the audio waveforms appear. Now select the whole waveform by hitting ‘CTRL + A’ on PC or ‘Apple + A’ on Mac systems. Now under ‘Effects‘, click Normalize. Normalize is a function gives you the option to normalize audio up to a certain threshold you set.

Normalizing Audio

Normalizing Audio

We can go ahead and put in 0dB, which is the highest threshold for audio. Any higher than that would result in some clipping. If you want to play it safe to make sure nothing gets clipped, you can put in a value of -0.1dB here. A very slight difference in the level of sound.

 

Normalizing Audio in Audacity

Normalizing Audio in Audacity

And finally, you’ll notice that the audio waveforms are now bigger, meaning they’re louder now.

large waveforms

Instead of normalizing the whole waveform, you can also select parts of the waveform to normalize. That would take more work, but if you find some parts to be still soft, you can do so.


Step 4

Finally when we’re done with the editing, its time to export. We’ll be exporting the file as a wav file (a standard) and keeping it in 16bit/44.1khz. Depending on your audio, you might have recorded it at 48khz and if it is so, make sure you export it at that rate.

Exporting Audio in Audacity

Exporting Audio in Audacity

 

Step 5

When you have exported your now louder audio file, the final step is to link it with your video once again. You can do this in your video editor software by simply importing the new audio to replace the old audio. And when you show your video to your viewers, you’ll can rest assured that they’ll be able to hear your audio or music!

Last Thoughts

This is a fairly simple way to make your videos, well basically your audio in your video louder. A great video is always accompanied with a good audible sound as well and that’s all the reason you should take care of your audio too. There are many more advanced ways to edit and improve your sound, but normalizing audio is one of the easiest ways you can do to make your sound loud.

If you’re trying to make your audio file louder still, you can try compressing and also limiting your audio. Future tutorials on those topics! For now, I hope this short tutorials gives you ability to make better videos.

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Comments

  • Brian Lee

    Cool! Just curious, why we cannot use the Studio One audio editing function, after extract the movie’s audio and export as wave, then import back to Studio One, then dragging the audio loudness to make it loud?Instead of using another program(in this case Audacity)?

    • Reuben Chng

      That’s because I want to show how people can achieve this using a free source software, Audacity

  • Brian Lee

    i see. Thanks

  • Chris

    Thanks, I hope this works. As for a free and fast way to remove the sound file and then put it back I am using mkvmerge. It removed it fine, just had to change the file extention to .mp3. I hope it is as easy to put it back on the movie or I am doomed, lol

    By the way, when I changed the db to 0 the waveforms behind that window didn’t get bigger so I thought I had to click OK, so I did and it went through the processing the whole file again like when the file was first dropped into the program and the waveforms still are small like they were when the file was first loaded into the program.

    What am I doing wrong?

    • Reuben Chng

      Hey Chris, that should be because you have an audio spike somewhere within the audio file. You can try normalizing part by part or use a compressor.

  • Ark’s Daily Bread

    For me the easiest way to do is use “Pazera Free Mp4 to AVI convertor” software. Just adjust Volume to Max in Audio setting. 🙂 then convert the video. U can download software from http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Encoders-Converter-DIVX-Related/Pazera-Free-MP4-to-AVI-Converter.shtml

    • Reuben Ch’ng

      Thanks for sharing an easy software for readers to use. However, for me, I’m more a control freak so I’ll do it manually. 😉