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  • Premiere Pro Multicam makes my audio sound like garbage

    Posted by Claire Presnall on August 5, 2021 at 2:06 am

    <div>I’ve created some multicam sequences today, and something new and exciting happened. My audio sounds like absolute garbage. It’s like it’s all blown out to the nth degree, and there is no salvaging it inside the multicam, it’s just a fuzzy nightmare.</div><div>

    Now my original footage/audio sounds lovely. I can put that audio into a regular sequence and just carry on about my edit. So there is some setting in there that says “make audio sound like fuzzy
    garbage,” and I cannot find it to turn it to “don’t mess with the audio,
    you stupid machine, please and thank you.”


    I’ve tweaked the multicam settings to every combination I can. I’ve done an alt replace and tried just old school dragging my footage into the multicam but it just gets blown right out. I even tried just doubling up the file to see if it’s annoyed about mixing the formats (one is mxf, one is mp4). That didn’t fix it when I did the MXFs, but doubling up the mp4s then dragging the MXF into the multicam sequence and matching them up seems to fix it.

    So my question is…is there something having to do with the MXFs that are like “nice audio in a multicam is 100% verboten?” I’d LOVE to be able to automate this and NOT have to hand place every single one of these, but I will brute force this thing if I must.

    Mac Pro Tower with a reasonable number of bells and whistles

    Current OS

    Current Premiere

    MXFs (sony, I think) & MP4s (canon, maybe) are 4k with lav audio attached to the MXFs

    2 editors with 30+ years experience between us banging our heads against the proverbial wall


    Claire Presnall replied 2 years, 9 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
  • 2 Replies
  • Herb Sevush

    August 5, 2021 at 2:44 am

    No matter what the format of your audio, MP4, MXF,WAV etc, if the audio sounds good in one timeline, it should sound good in any timeline, include Multicam timelines — which are a special type of nested timeline. You can, of course, flatten the Multicam audio clip once it’s edited into another timeline, and then your original, non-fuzzy, audio will replace the Multicam audio.

    In order to try and diagnose your problem my first question would be — how did you create your Multicam sources ? If you used the “create Multicam Source Sequence” command within Pro (which I strongly recommend as the best option) then the choice of Audio setups within the Multicam menu becomes very important. If you didn’t chose this method for creating your Multicam sources than I would suggest trying that as your next option. If you did chose this method than I would ask which of the Audio setup options you chose?

  • Claire Presnall

    August 5, 2021 at 3:14 am

    I did us the “create multicam” inside of Premiere. And I tried literally every combination available in the setup menu all with the same result.

    My winning solution of duplicating the mp4s, creating a multicam with those, then matching up the mxfs by hand, I just put the settings on auto & everything sounds great on my first attempt. ?‍♀️

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