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DaVinci Resolve 16 Audio Panel Fairlight For Beginners

teacher avatar Alli Bartlett, Filmmaker. Youtuber. Business Owner

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to Your Teacher and What You'll Learn in this Class


    • 2.

      Fairlights Workspace Overview


    • 3.

      Working with Audio in the Timeline and Adding Effects


    • 4.

      Making Your Audio Sound Better with EQ, Keyframes and More


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Hi there, 

In this Class you'll learn how to use DaVinci Resolve 16's Audio Panel Fairlight For Beginners, even if you've never used DaVinci Resolve, you can take this class! If you want to learn how to use DaVinci Resolve before diving into the Audio Panel, check out my other free class called: DaVinci Resolve 16 Video Editing for BEGINNERS


  • What the different windows and panels within Fairlight do and how to use them
  • How to get organized to maximize efficiency
  • How to use and find various audio tools to make your audio sound better
  • Audio techniques
  • AND MORE!!!

All you need to take this class is the free DaVinci Resolve 16 software installed on your computer. 

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Alli Bartlett

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1. Introduction to Your Teacher and What You'll Learn in this Class: Hi there and welcome to the skill share class where you're going to learn how to use. Da Vinci resolves 16's audio panel called fair light. If you're brand new to the venture resolve, I highly recommend you check out my other free class, de Vinci resolve for beginners. Because in that class I covered the basics and the things that you need to know about DaVinci Resolve and it will get you familiar with it before you dive into fair light. Now if you're brand new to using fair light, that's A-OK. follow along with me by making sure that you have to Vinci resolve 16 installed on your computer. In this class, we're going to cover everything that you need to know about the fair light panel to feel comfortable working in IT and editing and mastering your audio. First, we'll take a look at the workspace and go over what the different panels and tools that you'll likely want to use do and how to use them to your advantage will look at how you can get nice and organized when you're working individually resolved, which is really important when you're editing multiple audio clips. I'm going to share some tips with you and things that I do when I work on video projects and audio work for clients. And we'll also take a look at some commonly used audio effects. By the end of this class, you'll feel confident to move forward. Working in da Vinci resolves audio panel fair light, and you'll learn some quick ways to make your audio sound better. Before we dive into this glass, I'll just introduce myself. My name is Allie Sanders and I own a video production company in Toronto, Canada, where we specialize in creating promotional videos, commercials, and social media videos for our clients. I absolutely love editing video and editing audio, and that's predominantly what I do within my company. Now I come from a background working with Adobe Premier Pro as well as Adobe Audition. But in recent years I've found to venture result to be a fantastic alternative. And one of the many things that makes DaVinci Resolve great is the fact that you can jump in between different panels. So you can work on your video edit in the Edit panel, and then you can hop over to fair light to perfect your audio. And if you want to learn more about video and audio editing, I recommend that you check out the other classes I have available. I have a ton featuring Premier Pro, Adobe, Video scribe and da Vinci. And I'm uploading new classes here on skill share about video and being a content creator almost weekly. So follow me to stay notified as soon as a new class comes out. We also have a YouTube channel called Allie and will, where we've released weekly filmmaking tutorials as well as gear reviews. So definitely check that out if you want to stay up-to-date on what's going on in the filmmaking world, okay, so I'm super excited to teach you how to use fair light. With that, let's hop into DaVinci Resolve, and I will see you in the next lesson. 2. Fairlights Workspace Overview: Alright, so we're here in DaVincis editing panel. If the editing panels brand new to you, it's where you put your video edit together. You can do some more general audio editing work here in the Edit panel. But fair light is completely dedicated to audio work, and that's what we're going to be looking at. So here in the timeline we have one of my YouTube talking head clips. Let's go into our fair light panel, which you can do by clicking on the music no icon here. And the same audio that we just saw in our edit panel is here in the fair light panel, which we'll look at in just a second. First, I'll show you around fair light so you get to know the layout and what those what we have our mixture panel here. The mixture panel allows you to balance audio levels at effects, EQ dynamics, and pan your audio. We ever meters button and shows the monitoring panel, which contains our audio and video content and that's currently on our timeline. Metadata is where data about your clips or audio or whatever you have selected on your timeline is shown. The inspector panel gives you quick access to several commonly used effects and tools. And you can scroll this vertical slider to increase or decrease the height of your tracks and use this horizontal slider to zoom in or out. We can drag our cursor over just our music track. And hovering your mouse over the end of the track gives you the ability to trim the audio by dragging it into the left. Let's zoom into our audio to get a closer look at it and to get more organized here we can rename or audio tracks by double-clicking where it says Audio one. Let's rename this track dialog. We'll do the same thing here by renaming the audio to track music. Next, let's change the color of this music track by selecting it, right clicking and choosing clip color. And I like to have a system. I recommend you create a system for yourself as well. Where for me I always make my dialogue the default green and my music navy blue. So we'll select navy great. On each for tracks we have the Lock icon that we can use to lock a track. So it changes, can't be made to it. We have R which we could select if we wanted to record audio like a voice-over directly into da Vinci and this specific project we have asked to solo attract, so we only hear the audio on that track and we have M2M you attract. If we want to change where playHead is with inner tracks, we can grab it and drag it like so. Here we have several tools like the selection tool, the range selection tool that allows you to select a specific part of your clip, edit selection mode, the razor tool to cut your clip. Our snap tool, which I always have turned on and I recommend that you do to, I'll show you what it does right now. So I'm going to first turn it off for a second by clicking on it to de-select it, grab my music audio and, uh, wanted to sit right beside the end by dialogue audio. But see as I move it closer to the dialogue, it's very hard to tell if it's right up against it or if it's starting to replace some of the dialogue audio output that music backwards, it was click on the Snap icon to activate it and try that again. See how now the music tracks snaps to the dialogue track really quickly and easily. Well, that's why snap being turned on comes in really handy. When it's activated, it will snap your clips or your tracks together. Try it out and makes editing way easier. Just gonna put the music back in its original spot. We also have some markers. We have this type of marker that sits inside your clip. You can change the color of it if you'd like. I'll just undo that using Command Z and my keyboard. And we have this type of marker that will sit over top of your clips wherever your playhead is, and you can drag it wherever you'd like on your timeline. Click on it. Add notes are keywords to it if you'd like, and you can change the color of two. Markers are another great tool to use when you are working with multiple clips or a larger project. They make editing more efficient, more organized, and just easier overall, we have different timeline views here. You can click them and check them out and choose which one you prefer. We can use this slider down here at the bottom of her timeline, drag it to the left or to the right to move over in our timeline. And we can do the same thing at the top of her timeline here by moving it right or left as well, we're going to add an and an out point to the beginning and the end of this clip, I'm going to tell you what they are and what they do in a second. So use your up arrow key on your keyboard to go to the beginning of the clip. Next, press IY on your keyboard to create an image point and press the down arrow key on your keyboard toward the end of the clip. And press o to create an output current in and out points used on specific parts of your timeline. Select whatever's within those points. And in this case, we set an in and an out point so that we can utilize the Loop tool up here, which will check out coming up. If it's activated, it shows inbred and it will Loop whatever's within your in and out point. 3. Working with Audio in the Timeline and Adding Effects: You can hit the spacebar on your keyboard to play or pause playback. So I just hit it to pause playback. And this is something I always used to forget how to do when I started working in Vinci. So if you want to clear your in and out point, which you will wanna do at times as you start editing more regularly, what you need to do to clear it is go up to Mark and select Clear in and out. Or you can press alt and the X key on your keyboard. We can increase or decrease the volume of an audio track and a few different ways. A quick way to do so is to hover your cursor over this horizontal line in the track, click on it and drag it higher or lower, like so, I'll undo that. Another way to adjust the volume of a track is to select it and go up to the inspector panel and where it says clip volume, make sure you see the red dot which indicates the effect is active. And you can use the volume slider like so. I'll play this through by hitting my spacebar. We release a new video meters to get a closer look at the volume levels. Okay, so you see here as I'm playing through my dialogue, that sometimes this meter hits red. Well that means our audio's periodically peaking and we don't want that side note. But very important when you're recording audio, you want to make sure it's not peaking from the get-go. So depending on the device that you're using to record and a lot of cases, it should show audio meters, makes sure they aren't going read. If they are, adjust your audio recording volume even lower because if your audio's peaked in the recording itself, can't fix it in post there like band-aid solutions, but you don't wanna do the Band-Aid solutions. You want to just record it right from the get-go. Let's increase the size of our track and scroll over until we spot an area of audio that's taller than most of her other audio like rate here. This audio, it looks like it's close to Peking. So will manually add keyframes to lower the decimals of this specific part of our waveform could eclipse volume and click on the keyframe here to place it. And you can see it's shown up right here. Now I'll add another key frame just after the waveform spike ends. And I'll add a third keyframe over the tallest part of the spike itself right here. Now hovering your cursor over the keyframe in the center, you can click down and reduce the volume of this part of audio slightly so it doesn't peak. And you can see the waveform shrinking as we do this, after you manually key frame and adjust peaks in your audio, you want to listen back to make sure that the changes you made weren't too abrupt her to notice bowl you really don't want them to be noticeable at all. And you also want to watch the meters during playback to check that you're no longer seeing your audio hit red. And another way you can add keyframes is you can hold down Alter option on your keyboard and click on the volume line like so. I'm going to quickly go over my dialogue and adjust any of the remaining ladder areas and my audio. Awesome. And now under the Inspector tab, let's listen to this audio as I adjust the pitch so you can hear it's effect. We release a new video edit. Okay, so that's a really quick way to change someone's voice and make them sound like a chipmunk. Let's hit the reset toggle to bring it back to default. Cool. Now, I prefer using the equalizer EQ Effect, which we're going to look at coming up. But in the inspector panel, we also have the option to turn clip equalizer on, and by default it has banned one activated, which cuts the low pitch frequencies up the track that we have selected on our timeline. And band 4s also activated, which cuts the higher frequencies. We can also manually adjust these, right within clip equalizer as well. Next, this is a feature I love when I'm trying out different music and my projects. Let's find her music audio, which is here in the media pool, selected, right-click on it and choose replace, selected clip. And now we can choose a different music track. Select this one here, open, and this new music track has replaced the previous one. Let's use the slider at the bottom of the screen and drag it to the left to bring us to the beginning of these audio tracks. And notice that oftentimes in music tracks, there will be a second or so of no audio in the recording before the song begins. Well, I want my music to begin immediately, so let's select the music track and hover your cursor over the very beginning of it, which brings up the trim tool and drag it inwards to the point we've liked this track to begin, I'll drag the music to meet up with the beginning of the dialogue. And now go to the end of the track, drag the end of the music track out to meet up with the end of the dialogue. Again, let's press S on the 81 track to solo our dialogue so we aren't hearing the music as well. Would the music turned off? Let's listen through to a bit of the dialogue, new video editing and filmmaking tutorials every week. And we'll see you in, and there's a subtle background noise that I'd like to remove. So next we'll add an effect to reduce the background noise of our dialogue by going over to the mixture panel. And here's the dialogue track. So click on effects and the plus icon here. And this will bring up a bunch of different Effect Options for us. Let's choose noise reduction and noise reduction again. And here we can listen through the defaulted noise reduction that's been applied. And remember we have loop on, which will continuously loop the audio as we're listening through. Great week and we'll see you in another video. Okay, so the default noise reduction effect did a good job of removing the background noise, but it's also made my voice sound a bit robotic. Adjusting these dials down here can help reduce that Robotic sounds and also keep that background noise low and not audible and my dialogue. But looking at noise reduction effects and all of these different options for adjustment isn't entire tutorial on its own. So let me know in the comments below if you want to learn more about how to use noise reduction. Okay, so we'll close this window and we now have the noise reduction effects applied to our dialogue track. If you want to add more facts to the same audio track, you could do so by clicking on this plus icon here and, and choosing more effects. 4. Making Your Audio Sound Better with EQ, Keyframes and More: I also worked with EQ when I'm working with dialogue. So beside where it says EQ haired, there's this blue line. Click on it and it opens up our equalizer panel. I usually turn bandwagon on which cuts the lower frequencies, and I bring it to around 100 because with dialogue you don't need the frequencies of 100 and below. And I turn Ben six on and adjust the frequencies to around 14 k. And remember you can turn the effect on and off to listen to the before and after we release new video editing and filmmaking tutorials, okay, and that's a very subtle difference in the audio. And overall it's a good practice to get into using AQ and at the very least using band one and band six, like I just showed you, to cut out some of those high and low frequencies, but you don't need in your dialogue audio. I'll just close this window and you can see that your EQ has been applied to the a one track here. To add a track, you can bring your cursor over where it says a to right-click and click on Add track. And you can choose to add a mono track, stereo track and so on, will add a stereo track, which you can see has been added right here. To delete tracks. You can right-click and select delete track. Scroll back up here. Let's say you decide you want to remove the effects on money or audio tracks like Volvo move the effects in the work we've done on this dialogue track here, right-click on the track, choose remove attributes. And by clicking audio attributes, you can remove anything you've done to the audio, like the volume adjustments, plugins and equalizer. You can also individually checkmark any of these options if you want to, I'll click apply. And you can see that the audio wave form has changed and those effects have been removed. Just want to show you that. So a press Command Z on my keyboard to undo that. And another cool thing that you can do is right-click on your audio clip, choose find in media pool. And doing this, we'll highlight that audio like so. So when you're working with a lot of different assets on your timeline, being able to find that original clip or audio track in your project comes in really handy. Let's go to the end of her tracks here. And what I like to do when I'm working with music is fade out the end of the track so that the music doesn't just like abruptly end to add a fade, bringing your cursor to the top right corner of the track, click on this point here and drag it inwards. Doing this creates a linear sort of fade, will just increase this fatal and more by dragging in a little more inward. You can also click on this point in the fade here to round out the fade, I find it more pleasing to the ear. So try that out. And I recommend that when you're working with a talking head clipping of music underneath, you, always fade out your music. So 90 had to do it. One more thing I want to show you is I'll just zoom over here, is that I generally like to have my dialogue stay around minus ten to minus 15 decibels. So as I play it through, I'll adjust the meters here every week and we'll see you in another video. Great. I like my music to sit around minus 25 to minus 30 decibels filmmaking tutorials every week. And we'll see you in another video. And main here consists of all the different audio tracks together. So you can adjust the slider here if you'd like to editing and filmmaking tutorials every week, I'll double-click on it to reset it. And there you go. Congratulations, you've completed this class on how to use to Vinci resolve 16 audio panel bare light. This was a beginner's look. I was loved to hear from you. So if you want to drop me a message or a comment and let me know what else you would like to learn how to do individually resolve or what you want me to do a deep dive on individually resolved. I'll likely make a tutorial about it. And remember, my husband and I run a YouTube channel called allium will, where we release weekly video tutorials all about filmmaking and gear reviews. And I'm releasing new classes here on skills. You're almost weekly. So to stay up to date with the latest glasses as soon as they come out. Follow me. So you're notified. Thanks again. I hope you enjoyed this class and I look forward to seeing you in more.