DaVinci Resolve is a well-known editing program, upgraded continuously to incorporate the best in new tech. In DaVinci Resolve 14, it has added the Fairlight audio post-production suite to their arsenal. Now, DaVinci Resolve 16 has come. What does this mean for fans and regular users? It means DaVinci Resolve audio editing capabilities just stepped up a notch.
Fairlight is a high-tech, professional audio suite that helps pro video editors create exemplary movies. Audio is sometimes overlooked in the world of video editing, but if you want an expert finish, it needs a better focus than that. DaVinci Resolve Fairlight brings the best of audio and visual editing together, to create a single suite capable of meeting all your editing needs – without downloading the additional sound software.
What you end up with is DaVinci Resolve audio editing with a difference. It goes a step farther towards crisp, clear, audio perfection. When added to an already extensive set of visual tools, this software can tackle any film – from Hollywood to master advertisements.
Part 2: Get to Know DaVinci Resolve Fairlight
Let’s take a look at some of the facilities that make DaVinci Resolve Fairlight such an excellent editing platform.
1. Fairlight Interface
DaVinci Resolve audio editing has gotten easier with the new user interface. The Digital Audio Workstations is equipped with everything you would expect from a top-range editing platform. It has a timeline for click and drag placement, a channel mixer and stripper where you can add or remove effects across whole portions of footage, and a range of plugins that you can customize.
There are options for VO, ADR, and noise reduction. It is reported that MIDI support is a little on the limited side. However, this only matters if you are a full-blown audio tech.
2. How to Cut Audio Clips
To cut audio clips is much the same as you might cut your video. Grab the file and drop it on the timeline in the required position, then start chopping. Ensuring you have the right clip highlighted, go next to the scissors icon and apply the chop where you need it. You can trim either end of a clip, or even slip it down the middle and separate it on the timeline.
Pro Tip: Use the scale bars at the bottom to zoom in and out so that you can be as precise as possible. Like film, audio is unforgiving when not cut correctly.
3. Audio Markers
DaVinci Resolve Fairlight incorporates audio markers to make the editing process more efficient. Consider your markers as chapter headings. You can use them as bookmarks to jump quickly around your timeline.
To add a marker, simply pick one from the Index Panel. You can drag and drop it to any point on the timeline. Once set, you can double click to change the colour of the note or add an explanation of why it is there.
4. Apply Audio Transitions
DaVinci Resolve audio editing uses seamless transitions to help you along the way. Aligning your audio to be flawless is a tricky job, so you do want this addition in your editing tech to make sure it’s done right.
To apply audio transitions in DaVinci Resolve Fairlight, find the toolbox in your audio effects library. Under audio transitions, look for the crossfade option. A crossfade does what it does to visual footage, but to edit audio footage. Meaning it will mix the sounds for you, not unlike how a DJ might.
5. Audio Mixer
Track and audio mixing is reasonably comfortable with DaVinci Resolve audio editing nowadays. All you need to do is select the playhead on the timeline. This should bring up above your audio meters. Click the dots, and the option to access the mixer comes up. Select it.
There should now be a set of mixers for each timeline piece. There will be an extra one named as the main audio mixer, and this controls the overall up and down levels of the tracks. Drag and drop the points to turn up or down.
6. Noise Reduction
Noise reduction in DaVinci Resolve Fairlight allows you to ‘clean up’ the efficacy of your track. So if you record something with loads of people talking in the background, or if you are making a video and you can still hear the original audio, but you have applied the next layer – you can use this function to turn down the parts you don’t want.
To use it simply open effects library, then open the mixer. You can then drag and drop them onto the timeline and adjust where you need them to be. You will need to go back into speech mode to give it a proper listen.
There are some questions we often get asked regarding this program. You might find the answer to your questions below.
Q) How to fix DaVinci Resolve audio waveform not showing?
A) DaVinci Resolve Audio waveform not showing is a common problem – and here is the fix! Change your .WAV to another file type and import the new file (a type you don’t usually get with Resolve) onto the media pool. Don’t sync it, instead, drag it onto its timeline and then try linking it to your existing work.
You should be able to convert the compounded clip and move it to your main timeline from here.
Q) Is DaVinci Resolve audio crackling a problem?
A) It is unlikely that DaVinci Resolve audio crackling will affect you. However, it can happen when your video and audio don’t match. So if you have a video where the FPS is speeding or slowing, the audio will crackle as it tries to keep up and slow down, to match the film footage on your timeline. It may be that you are playing an audio that is too fast or slow for the timeline.
On its own, when used with the correct file types, DaVinci Resolve audio crackling shouldn’t happen.
The DaVinci Fairlight Conclusion
This is a great program that offers top-of-the-class editing for movies, but that also tackles the problem of poor sound quality. If there are any young filmmakers out there that are disappointed with the performance of the mic on their camera, they could do a lot worse than to rely on the DaVinci Resolve Fairlight system to bring that quality up.
Benjamin Arango is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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