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What is Audio Ducking and How to Use it in Filmora: A Beginner-friendly Guide

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Sep 13, 2021• Proven solutions

If you are a content creator, then you might already know the importance of having the right audio component in a video. For attaining a perfect balance between voiceovers and the background audio, the concept of “ducking” is implemented. To help you know more about audio ducking and its importance, I have come up with this post. I will also include a detailed guide for implementing audio ducking on a video in a stepwise manner. Let’s begin!

What is Audio Ducking

Audio Ducking: What is it all about?

In nutshell, it is a process that “ducks” or lowers the background volume when a voiceover appears. For instance, let’s consider that we already have a background score in our video playing. When we would add a narrator’s voice or apply a voiceover, it would create a lot of confusion. Therefore, we implement the audio ducking process to lower the background audio and amplify the voiceover instead.

In most cases, it is achieved through a side-chain compression technique. A control channel is set up that enables the compression of one sound (the background) while amplifying another (the voiceover).

When do you need to implement Audio Ducking?

Since the concept of audio ducking is pretty useful, it can be implemented in different ways during the video editing process. While you can apply the process to any video, here are some of the major instances where it is used.

Travel Vlogs

If you are a travel vlogger, then you might already know how tough it can be to make ourselves heard in a video. When there are too many background noises, your voice can be diminished. This is exactly where you can apply audio ducking to decrease the background noise and focus on your voice.

Make-up tutorials

While creating make-up video tutorials, most of us use a background track to keep our viewers engaged. At the same time, you need to let them know about the process by speaking clearly. If you use audio ducking, then you can easily attain a perfect balance between both the sounds.

Other instances

Ideally, if you are creating any other tutorial video for your audience, then audio ducking can be useful. From making video game tutorials to coming up with video lectures on a crucial topic, the concept would come in handy time and time again.

How to Use the Audio Ducking Feature in Filmora?

To implement audio ducking in your videos, you can use a reliable editing tool like Wondershare Filmora. It is a user-friendly and powerful video editing application that would let you “duck” the background sound and amplify voiceovers pretty easily.

  • Without undergoing any complicated process, you can implement audio ducking and even scale it (from 1 to 100) to attain the right balance in your videos.
  • Filmora also offers tons of powerful audio features for video editing. It has a dedicated audio mixer that would let you split, detach, split, or mute the audio.
  • The application can also be used to add voiceovers to your video on its native interface. You can also use its inbuilt operations like noise remover, fade in/fade out, equalizer, etc. to make the needed changes.
  • Besides audio ducking, you can also access tons of advanced editing features in Filmora like motion tracking, color grading, keyframing, and so much more.
  • The application also offers a wide range of filters, presets, effects, stickers, and royalty-free music that you can easily use in your videos.

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To learn how to implement audio ducking in your videos using Filmora, you can just go through these basic steps:

Step 1. Import your videos on Filmora

To begin with, you just have to install Wondershare Filmora on your computer and launch it. Now, go to the “Import” feature from the top, choose to add files, and just browse and load your videos. After adding the video, you can drag it to the timeline below to start editing.

Import Files

Step 2. Import an audio or record voiceovers

Let’s suppose that your video already has an audio track in the background and now you wish to add another audio component. Most of the people would like to record their voice in the video. For this, you can click on the voiceover (mic) icon at the bottom of the preview panel. This will open a dedicated window so that you can start recording your voice for the video.

Record Voiceover for Audio Ducking

Apart from that, you can also go to the “Import” feature to add any other audio component to the project. Besides that, Wondershare Filmora also has a wide range of royalty-free audio files that you can easily add to your projects.

Royalty-free Audio files for Audio Ducking

Step 3. Apply Audio Ducking to your video

After adding the second audio component, you can view it under the video timeline on Filmora. Now, you need to select the audio track that you wish to amplify (like your voiceover) and not the track that already has a prominent volume.

Apply Audio Ducking

Once you have selected the audio you wish to amplify, right-click to get its context menu. From all the available options, just select the “Adjust Audio” feature.

Adjust Audio Ducking

This will launch a dedicated window on the screen with various audio options to apply. Go to the “Ducking” option here and enable the “Lower the volume of other clips” feature. You can also use a slider here to adjust how much you wish to lower the volume of other clips in the project.

Audio Ducking

That’s it! Once you have selected the value, click on the “Ok” button. You can now preview the results on Filmora and check that the volume of other audio components has been ducked. You can later go to the “Export” option and simply save the project in the format of your choice.

Preview Audio Ducking

I’m sure that after reading this post, you would be able to know more about audio ducking and how we can implement it. Since a lot of content creators encounter issues while working on their videos, audio ducking would certainly be a helpful feature. With an application like Wondershare Filmora, you can easily implement audio ducking on multiple files and further edit your videos like a pro!

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Benjamin Arango
Benjamin Arango is a writer and a lover of all things video.