How To Make Audio Fade Out On Premiere Pro - 3 EASY Steps

Choose the type of audio fade effect from the Crossfades section and customize it to your liking. For frequent transitions, set your preferred fade as the default, and define a default transition duration to streamline your process. Use keyboard shortcuts to further expedite the process.

September 27, 2023
How To Make Audio Fade Out On Premiere Pro - 3 EASY Steps
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What Is Fading Out Audio?

In the realm of audiovisual production, "audio fade" is a term you'll frequently come across. Now, let's dissect this term for better understanding. An audio fade refers to the gradual decrease in volume of an audio track. Imagine watching a movie where a dialogue suddenly ends without any smooth transition – jarring, right? That's what an audio fade helps avoid. It's commonly employed at the conclusion of a clip or as a bridge between two distinct audio segments, ensuring a harmonious flow of sound.

When we dive into the world of video production, audio fades serve as seamless transitions between varied takes or scenes. It's like the audio version of a cross-dissolve effect, if you will, making sure the scene doesn't culminate abruptly, but instead eases out in a much more palatable manner.

Now, meet Adobe Premiere Pro, the darling of the professional filmmaking landscape and a splendid tool when it comes to executing fade-out audio. But before we delve into how to harness this effect, it's crucial to grasp what this tool actually does.

Adobe Premiere Pro, often shortened to Premiere Pro, is a timeline-based video editing app developed by Adobe Systems. It's part of the Adobe Creative Cloud licensing program, much like its sibling software, After Effects. Premiere Pro allows you to edit videos, add special effects, and, crucially, manage audio levels for smooth transitions, such as fade-outs.

Suppose you're keen to perfect the audio fade effect in your video editing projects. In that case, you'll find a range of useful guides on the Free Visuals site. There, you'll find steps on how to change resolution, frame size, add fonts, and even duplicate a clip in Premiere Pro. Each guide is geared towards making you more familiar with the Premiere Pro interface and its features, allowing you to create smoother audio transitions, among other things.

Step 1. Preparing Your Workspace

The first thing you need to do is get your project all set for editing. Open your project, import the audio into your timeline panel, and select the specific audio track you plan to modify with a fade-out transition. If you've got several clips you'd like to alter, select one to begin with, and don't fret – I'll walk you through a quicker way to replicate the process later on.

Step 2. Fire Up the Effects Panel

If your Effects panel isn't visible on the left side of your workspace, head over to the menu bar, click on 'Windows', then scroll down until you locate 'Effects'. Give that a click, and voila! Your Effects panel should now be in view.

Step 3. Choosing Your Audio Fade Effect

Now, with your Effects panel ready and waiting, click on 'Audio Transitions', followed by 'Crossfades'. Here, you'll find three distinct types of fades (we'll get into each one a bit later).

Drag the transition you fancy onto the tail end of your audio track within the timeline. Then hit preview to have a listen. You can play around with the different fades until you discover the one that strikes the right note.

Step 4. Tailoring Your Fade-Out Effect

Want to change the duration of the audio transition? You've got a couple of options:

1. Select the fade on your timeline, hover over the start of the effect (we're talking about the effect here, not the audio clip), then click and drag to adjust the effect's duration. You'll notice your cursor change when you're in the right spot. Don't worry, this doesn't alter your audio speed, just the volume.

2. Another way to handle this is to double-click on the effect within your timeline. This will pop open a little window where you can manually input the transition duration. Once you're happy, click 'OK'.

Step 5. Default Settings Are Your Friends

If you find yourself frequently working with transitions, customizing your default settings can save you time in future projects. By default, the 'Constant Power' transition is selected, but if you favor a different transition, it's easy to change.

To do this, navigate to your effect controls panel, find 'Audio Transitions' > 'Crossfades', right-click on the fade you'd like as your go-to, and click 'Set Selected as Default Transition'.

You can also set a default transition duration by going to Premiere Pro Preferences > Timeline. In the Preferences window, locate 'Audio Transition Default Duration', input the duration you prefer, and click 'OK'.

Step 6. Apply Your New Default Settings

Now that you've saved your preferences, adding fades will be a snap. On your timeline panel, right-click on the end of the audio and select 'Apply Default Transitions', and your saved configuration will apply. Don't forget that you can still make changes depending on your project requirements.