Audio effects can make or break a video. On one hand, stellar sound design has the power to turn a so-so film into an emotional, immersive experience; on the other, bad audio can render a great film virtually unwatchable.

Thankfully, Adobe Premiere Pro comes with tons of professional-grade audio effects to simplify your sound editing process, whether you’re making marketing videos or short films.

This article will cover crossfades, which are an essential audio effect for video beginners and industry pros alike. Watch the tutorial above for some quick tips on adding crossfades to your video, or read on for a more in-depth walkthrough.

What is a crossfade?

A crossfade is the default audio transition for Adobe Premiere Pro. Use them to stitch together audio tracks, transition from opening or closing credits, or layer sounds in and out as needed. 

Here at Vimeo, we use crossfades in almost every video we edit. Yep, they’re that useful.

How to apply your crossfade

To apply the Constant Power Crossfade (⌘ Shift+D), use the following steps:

1. Go to Effects panel > Audio Transitions > Crossfade
2. Next, drag the Constant Power option onto your clip.

Fine-tune your audio

By default, the fade duration will be one second. This is great for lowering or transitioning music. However, if you’re editing dialogue, you’ll want to bump your transition time down, changing your crossfade from seconds to frames.

For dialogue, 5 frames is sufficient for cutting 10 minutes of footage into a one-minute interview, or for editing out moments when a speaker stumbles over a word. Using 5 frames is also helpful for smoothly transitioning from a speaking clip into another scene.

How to adjust your fade time

To tweak your fade time, use the following steps:

1. Preferences > Timeline > Audio Transition Default Duration
2. Change seconds to frames.
3. Lastly, change the time from 1 second to 5 seconds.

 

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