Quick Audio Question For Video I'm Editing

nickyj182

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I shot a series of sports games for some of my younger family members. There's two soccer games I filmed while had a bad cold/cough. About every minute or two you can hear me sniffling or making a little cough. Any suggestions on a quick fix I could do while I edit this to try and mask my sickness/noises? Via iMovie or Final Cut Pro would be just fine. Thanks for your help in advance!
 

casperes1996

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I shot a series of sports games for some of my younger family members. There's two soccer games I filmed while had a bad cold/cough. About every minute or two you can hear me sniffling or making a little cough. Any suggestions on a quick fix I could do while I edit this to try and mask my sickness/noises? Via iMovie or Final Cut Pro would be just fine. Thanks for your help in advance!

How loud is it relative to other sounds? What's the frequency range of the sniffling sounds? You could use an EQ alongside a bit of the automatic noise reduction - just don't let it go too far cause it makes other sounds messed too
 

ColdCase

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The only way I've been able to make coughs and sniffles less distracting is to cut them out of the audio track. You end up with short audio drop outs, but that may be less annoying than a sniffle. Your ear glosses over and ignores drop outs more than an annoying noise. You then blame the audio defects on a bad mic :). I've tried a number of sophisticated filters but none were as satisfactory as just cutting the audio.

I use FCP and there are several methods for marking the in/out points on the audio and then dragging the level down. I use a slow brute force method, but I think I read about a quick/easy way to mark a segment and drop/cut the audio level.

I could try to find the tip if you are at all interested.

From the lesson learned the hard way, I now use a directional mic located much further away from my face and have not had to deal with post editing sniffles. Too late for that now :)
 
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casperes1996

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The only way I've been able to make coughs and sniffles less distracting is to cut them out of the audio track. You end up with short audio drop outs, but that may be less annoying than a sniffle. Your ear glosses over and ignores drop outs more than an annoying noise. You then blame the audio defects on a bad mic :). I've tried a number of sophisticated filters but none were as satisfactory as just cutting the audio.

I use FCP and there are several methods for marking the in/out points on the audio and then dragging the level down. I use a slow brute force method, but I think I read about a quick/easy way to mark a segment and drop/cut the audio level.

I could try to find the tip if you are at all interested.

From the lesson learned the hard way, I now use a directional mic located much further away from my face and have not had to deal with post editing sniffles. Too late for that now :)
If you go this route, I recommend inserting noise from other parts of the clip where it's not clear in the audio that it's taken from somewhere else, as you react a lot more to the audio dropping entirely, compared to just hearing scene noise.
 
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kohlson

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Like Casperes said. My technique for this is similar. If it's just crowd cheering noise, make a second audio track and lay in a section from the other part, but overlay/fade in/out for a second at either end.
 
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