Remove clicks and pops in my recoding (Final Cut)

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by willybNL, May 20, 2007.

  1. willybNL macrumors 6502

    I tryed to play somewhat around with the Audio filters in Final Cut, but what I really can't find (probably due to a missing manual about the filters although I seem to have everything) is a filter that is able to filterout some
    clicks and pops my camcorder recorded when i moved the statief (that thing you put the camera on).

    Of course, I could search all these clicks (which are all the same in noise), but that would be an endless job... Something that would kill that frequency (but that is as smart as knowing what that frequency is) would help me a lot.

    How do you remove clicks and pops?
  2. diehardmacfan macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2007
    do you have final cut studio

    if you do you can use soundtrack pro to remove the clicks and pops

    visit that websight and click on the third demo video thats entitled "audio restoration"

    it will show you how to remove clicks and pops using soundtrack pro 2
  3. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    Soundtrack should do the removal of cracks and pops pretty easily, I recently finished a project where I had to remove the hum of an air conditioner unit from a video and Soundtrack removed to hum pretty well, although it did take some stuffing around to get a good result.
  4. willybNL thread starter macrumors 6502

    mmm... FCE has sound track, but not that clicks and pops option. But it looks exactly for what i'm searching.

    It's not just anywhere in the wild as plugin?

    p.s. Smootcam from FCS2... noticed it was in Shake 4.0 too... any other plugins that could do the same for FCE?
  5. willybNL thread starter macrumors 6502


    So nobody any idea what I can do if I didn't have the Pro version?
    (pretty bad of apple to not include something so important in the express version, makes it almost useless for audio).
  6. huntercr macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2006
    It's not so bad.. get creative. If it's a pop with no audio around it, simply drop the volume at the moment of the pop. It's a cheap hack that works when there is multi track audio and the track with the pop is not "busy":

    Open up the audio track in FCE find you first "pop" and zoom in really far so that the only thing you see is the pop. Now add a marker on the timeline and then add another slightly to the left of the peak of the pop. This should give you 3 points to work with and should allow you to drag down the 3rd point all the way to -4000 db ( ok don't really drop that low... like -32 makes your point) then move the middle point so that you get a nice curve that is sharp. Then do the opposite thing after the pop so that you almost have a parabola. Depending on how the pop actually sounds you can bring up the volume back faster after the pop... once the "attack" of the noise is done, the remainder of the sound won't be very annoying.

    You're basically trading a really annoying pop for less annoying dead air
    Professional people might think this is a terrible hack because its so obvious and amateur, but it worked for me, and like I said if you have multi track audio, you may be able to cover that up completely.

    if you don't have multi track audio but have background noise in the scene it will make the dead air more obvious. I have clipped out a second or two of background noise from a naturally quiet part of the scene before and overlayed that at a lower volume and then ramping up slowly to normal volume and then down again. This can work in short segments, but only if you have ambient hums etc...

    Yes these are cheap hacks, but get creative. You might find you can solv your problems with the tools you have.
  7. willybNL thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sorry, didn't spend 300 euro's for 'amature' hacks... I guess you might have expected that something so simple is in the package (at least: if I look at competitors it's in there). So i'm thinking of buying something else and selling this one.
  8. cdarlington1 macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2006
    St. John's, Newfoundland
    Professional Training Needed...

    The best thing you could do is have a professional record your audio then you wouldn't have to deal with it in post-production. I know of no filters that will take pops out of your audio track...poor recording...poor output...plain and simple. I have been a film editor for 16 years and I can tell you that the method described above that you think is "amature" is in fact a tried and true method. Get some training!

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