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  • Free (and AMAZING) Noise Reduction

    Posted by Kelly Griffin on July 7, 2024 at 5:28 pm

    Hey folks, I thought I’d share this with my fellow compadres:

    I landed on a completely free (not even a sign-up) tool from Adobe that just saved my ASS on a recent project.

    The shoot was on a construction jobsite for a new data center; picture an endless sea of fans and air filters, and so loud I was actually nervous to be there without hearing protection.

    I put a lav mic on the subject, turned attenuation on in my camera, turned the input volume way down and my meters were still hammering the red zone. I honestly could barely make out what the guy was saying during the shoot, and was nervous as hell thinking about trying to deliver anything but jet engines with somebody moving their lips.

    Just as a hail Mary pass, before any editing, I strung out all my raw clips, rendered an AIFF file, then dropped it into the tool. In about three minutes it spit out the speaker’s audio that sounded like I recorded him in a sound booth. Absolutely incredible.

    So, if you ever need to get rid of room tone, or probably anything else, try this little gem:

    https://podcast.adobe.com/enhance

    Final note: It only works on primary mics. I couldn’t use any Q&A from the other attendees that were being picked up either on the speaker’s lav mic or the camera’s internal mic. The Adobe tool couldn’t “hear it” well enough to find the separation, and they sounded like playing a vinyl record backwards.

    Anyway, I hope you find this useful if you need it 😉

    Happy Editing,

    –Kelly

    Kelly Griffin replied 5 days, 10 hours ago 1 Member · 1 Reply
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  • Kelly Griffin

    July 7, 2024 at 5:32 pm

    An edit to my original post: I think the tool only plays nice with MP3 or WAV files. Every version of Vegas I’ve had has never played nice with WAV files, so I always use AIFF files. I remember now that the AI tool didn’t like AIFF, so I used MP3. But, those are PLENTY good enough to get you out of a tough spot like I had.

    –KG

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