Synchronizing audio with video while editing in Adobe Premiere Pro can be frustrating. If you try to relate words to someone speaking or the audio of someone singing, it can be especially difficult to do so accurately. And, if you don’t sync them well, you can end up with some awkward images.
If you need to record audio and video separately and you have two different files that you want to edit together, there are some ways to do this in Adobe Premiere Pro.
You can sync more automatically or you can sync files manually. Synchronizing audio with video manually is what you might want to do if it’s hard to match the audio itself in Premiere. Otherwise, automatic synchronization is easy and works more often.
How to automatically sync audio to video
To automatically sync audio with video in Adobe Premiere Pro, you must first have both the audio file and the video file you want to sync to your Premiere timeline. The video file must have the original audio, as this is what Premiere will use to sync the standalone audio file.
When both files are on the timeline, select both clips.
Then right-click the video file and select Sync.
In the next window that appears, you will want to select the audio file to sync. Then select OK. Audio should now sync with your video.
There is also a second method to automatically sync audio and video if you want to try another route.
To do this, you will merge the two files and Premiere will sync the audio. First, find the audio and video files you want to sync and hold Ctrl (PC) o Command (Mac) and select them. Then choose Combine clips.
In the Combine Clips window, select Audio. Then select OK. You will receive a new audio and video file combined together in the imported media files. You can drag it to your timeline to use it.
How to manually sync audio to video
Yes Premiere you didn’t sync the audio and video exactly as you wanted, or if you’re having trouble with automatic methods, you can also sync audio manually.
For manual synchronization, first put both the original video and the audio you want to synchronize with the video in your timeline. On audio channels, drag the slider on the right side of the timeline to expand the internal audio of the video file and the external audio.
This way, you can see the peaks in the audio. Look for similarities between internal and external audio and align them to match. You can then play the video to see if the audio matches the way you want. Once you are satisfied, you can delete the internal audio, so the new and external audio will be the only track that will be played.
Tips for synchronizing audio and video in Adobe Premiere
If you want to easily sync audio with a video in Adobe Premiere Pro, there are some tips you can follow that will make the process a lot easier.
1. Create an audio sync point
To make synchronization easier for both automatic and manual methods, you can create a dot near the beginning of the audio when you are actually filming that facilitates the combination of internal and external audio.
The term for this is “applaud” and, in many productions, a clapperboard is used. However, any loud, sudden sound that generates a high peak in audio waveforms will work. This makes it easy to match audio from different sources, as you can only locate the first large peak. It also makes it easy for Premiere to sync audio.
2. Use the audio time units
Another way to make audio syncing easier when you do it manually is to change the time units at the top of your timeline. To do this, right-click on the time code above your timeline and select Displays audio time units.
This will give you the ability to move audio files in much smaller increments, allowing for more accurate synchronization.