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Using Volume Control Points in ProShow 6

New Volume Control Points in ProShow 6

One of the new features in ProShow Gold 6 and ProShow Producer 6 is the ability to add Volume Control Points to your soundtrack. This allows you to independently control your soundtrack volume levels during specific parts of your show (e.g. during video clips, voiceovers, dramatic scenes, etc).

Mixing your soundtrack with videos, voiceovers and other sounds is a total breeze and gives you so much more freedom when editing your audio. Now you can:

  • Control the volume of your soundtrack during videos independently by adding independent volume points for every video in your show
  • Control the volume of your soundtrack during slide sounds independently. Similar to videos, you can add a custom volume point for every slide sound in your show
  • Control volume levels anywhere on your soundtrack, even between a transition.

How to Add a Volume Control Point

  1. In the Timeline View (hit TAB on your keyboard to switch from Slide List to Timeline View), select a track for editing.
  2. Locate where you’d like to add a new point and right-click on the track
  3. From the right-click menu that appears, select Add Volume Point or press the ALT key on your keyboard as you left-click on the waveform to add your volume point.

Once added, click and drag the Volume Point left or right to adjust where the volume change will occur. As you move the point, a tool tip will appear that shows you the exact time and volume for each control point.

Right click on the soundtrack to add a volume control point.

Watch the Video: Using Volume Control Points


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Video Tutorial: How to Mute a Video Clip in ProShow

Last week we posted an article about how to mute a video clip in ProShow and many of you asked for a quick video showing how to do it. Here it is! This video will show you how to mute the audio from your video clips when using them in your ProShow Gold, Producer or ProShow Web slideshows.

Trimming Audio Tracks in ProShow Slideshows

Trimming audio tracks in ProShow

Editing an audio track in a ProShow slideshow is easy to do using the built-in Audio Trimmer. To trim your music, click on ‘Audio’ on the top toolbar in either ProShow Gold or ProShow Producer and select ‘Manage Soundtracks’ from the drop down list. Now select the music track you would like to trim and then click on the ‘Edit Fades and Timing’ button.

Remember that Proshow makes non-destructive edits, meaning any changes you make to your audio within Proshow, will not affect your original audio file. So you could in theory take a song that is 3 minutes and then trim the audio in Proshow to only use the first minute of the song, while not affecting the original file in anyway.

Edit Fades and Timing in your Song

By going to ‘Edit Fades and Timing’ from your Soundtrack options, you will see a window like the one shown above. The wave form you see here is the audio file you’re using, displayed in a graphical manner.

Remove Unwanted Sections from your Song

Let’s say you have a song with a long instrumental introduction, but you don’t want to use that part of the song in your slideshow. This is where trimming comes in handy. Simply type in a new ‘Start Time’ for your audio track and it will begin playing at that time. You can also click and drag the small triangle next to your song’s waveform to the place where you’d like your track to begin.

ProShow also lets you set a fade-in for your track so it starts off low and slowly fades in. Click and drag the small square next to the wave form and move it to the right to set your audio fade-in.

Remove Unwanted Silence from your Song

In some cases, an audio track may have 10-20 seconds of un-wanted silence at the end of the song. To remove this portion of the track, simply type in a new ‘End Time’ and the song will stop playing at that point. You can also use the slider bars mentioned above to trim your track and set a fade-out.

Quick Sync Your Slides and Music in ProShow

Learn how to perform a quick sync to match your slides and audio to end at the same time in both ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer. A quick sync will automatically adjust the length your slide times and transition times so that they end simultaneously with your soundtrack. You can do this to all the slides in your show or just a selection of slides. Syncing your audio is easy to do with ProShow, watch the video to follow along!

Using Timeline View to Edit Audio in ProShow

In both ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer, Timeline View changes your slide list into a timeline. This displays your slide thumbnails as smaller images with the width of the thumbnail based on how long the slide time is. Longer slides will have longer thumbnails, shorter slides will have shorter thumbnails.

The waveform for your audio will be significantly larger in this view, and you will be able to easily manage and edit your music tracks.

Switching to Timeline View

To switch your slide list to timeline view just press the Tab key on your keyboard one time. Pressing the Tab key will toggle the slide list between Timeline and the slide list view.

When in Timeline view you can perform the following actions:

Learn how to do each of these functions in this step-by-step article >>

 

Adjusting Video Clip Sounds in Your Slideshows

Adding videos to your slideshows in ProShow is just as easy as adding images. But what happens when your video clips have sound? In today’s lesson, I’m going to show you how you can adjust a video clip’s volume and how to use ProShow’s audio tools to more seamlessly blend audio -enabled video clips with your show soundtrack.

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How To Edit Music in Your ProShow Slideshows

Check out our new training video that’s all about editing your soundtracks in ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer. You’ll learn how to crop an audio track, add a fade, add a crossfade and more.

ProShow makes it easy to customize your slideshow’s soundtrack just the way you like.

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