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Lesson 17. Lesson: Operational Troublesh... > High Audio Levels During Playback

High Audio Levels During Playback

Symptom #1: Loud Playback Despite Setting Optimal Levels When Shooting

“I carefully set my levels in-camera to an optimal level when shooting, but when I play back in a sequence, the levels are much louder, and in some places actually clip.”

Background

Unexpectedly high audio levels during playback are usually due to the tracks having been recorded as individual mono tracks rather than as stereo-linked tracks. Since the FCP default value for Audio Format (Log and Capture > Clip Settings) is dual mono—in other words, two individual mono tracks—it’s easy to unintentionally record stereo audio as paired mono tracks that aren’t stereo-linked. And one of the unfortunate effects of doing so is that your audio levels can get boosted by waveform interference between the two tracks.


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