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· If you're a parent flming small children, your footage often winds up peppered with parental instructions recorded at a very high volume level, because you're right next to the microphone. ("Honey, stand over there by your brother," or "Watch out for the car!" ) These parental voice-overs often ruin a clip--but you can rescue them by adjusting the original audio from the camcorder, which you can edit just as easily as imported audio. · You can make create smooth fade-ins or fade-outs of your music (or the sound from the original video). Editing Audio Clips Volume "Rubber Bands" The key to this feature is the new Show Clip Volume Levels command (c-Shift-L) in the View menu. (The same command appears in the shortcut menu when you Control-click an audio clip.) When you turn on Show Clip Volume Levels, a hori- zontal line appears on every audio and video clip, edge to edge. It's an audio-volume graph, which you can manipulate like a rubber band. Here's how it works (consider zooming in for greater control): · Click directly on the line and drag upward or downward (Figure 8-8, top). The original click produces a small spherical handle, and the drag produces a curve in the line from its original volume level. (Actually, you can simultaneously drag left or right to adjust the timing of this volume change.) Each "knot" in the line (the round handle) represents a new volume level that sticks until the end of the clip or the next volume level, whichever comes frst. · After you create such a curve, the point where the audio deviated from its original volume is denoted by a tiny square handle (Figure 8-8, third from top). To make the volume increase or decrease more or less gradually, drag that tiny square handle left or right, closer to your round adjustment handle or farther from it. · To make the volume take another dip or swoop, click elsewhere on the volume line and drag again. You've just created a second round orange handle, which you can position independently (Figure 8-8, bottom). · To remove a volume change, click the orange "knot" to select it, and then press the Delete key. (Or just drag it to the original volume level.) The knot disappears, and the "rubber band" line snaps back to the previous knot, stretched tight. · To make a volume change extremely sudden, click a knot to highlight it, and then drag the tiny square just to its left. You'll fnd that you can drag this little square until it's directly above or below the knot--an instantaneous volume change. · Consider making your volume adjustments while the movie plays back. Each time you make an adjustment, the Playhead jumps to that spot. As you keep clicking and adjusting, clicking and adjusting, the Playhead keeps jumping back to that spot, saving you the trouble of having to rewind and play, rewind and play, as you fne-tune the fuctuation. · To restore the original, straight-line condition of a clip's volume, click each of the orange knots and press Delete until none of them remains. chapter8:narration,music,andsound 229