Audio Post Production

How to create a simple audio fade out in Premiere Pro

As a video editor, you will want to ensure you have mastered all things audio and mastering the simple audio fade out in Premiere Pro is at the top of the list!

Audio fade out is an integral part of the editing process and is essential for the transition between scenes. 

In today’s article, we will look at all things audio fade out in Premiere Pro, what it is and how you can nail the transition from scene to scene using this simple but effective audio transition. 

Let’s get into it now! But, first, follow our simple step by step guide below. 

What is an audio fade out? 

An audio fade out is essentially a transition at the end of a scene or dialogue where the audio slowly (or quickly) reduces in volume. This allows the editor to transition smoothly from one scene to the other. 

It tends to be a gradual reduction to help sew the scenes together and make the transition from scene to scene look effortless. 

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What are the different types of audio transitions in Premiere Pro? 

Before going through the step by step guide on creating an audio fade out in Premiere Pro, let’s quickly have a look at the top audio transitions in Premiere Pro.

Exponential Fade

Exponential fade is an audio transition that starts slowly whilst decreasing or increasing the volume until the end.

It’s perfect for the end of your clip; it offers a much shorter fade out without the sharp switch, essentially fading out quickly but smoothly. Perfect for dialogue or switching scenes with different atmospheres. 

Read More: Top Audacity tips when audio editing on a budget

Constant gain crossfade

Constant gain crossfade is an audio transition that increases or decreases the audio constantly in and out as you transition between the clips. It has a slight issue, though. 

The issue is it tends to sound poorly, as it is pretty abrupt, and many editors are not too keen on it. Also, it doesn’t have the smoothness of the exponential fade. However, it does have its uses, so don’t overlook it, but you’ll probably use this with moderation. 

Constant power crossfade

This is a pretty smooth transition, with a gradual transition from clip to clip. It works by slowly decreasing the audio for your first clip, then speeds up nearer the end of the transition. 

The second clip increases sharply at the start and then slows at the end of the transition. It creates a smooth and cinematic sequence, which is subtle but provides a lot of quality. Perfect for your next film.

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How to create a simple audio fade out in Premiere Pro

Here’s our step by step guide on creating a simple audio fade out in Premiere Pro. You’ll have the smoothest audio transition in no time; let’s get right into it!

Firstly, import your audio into Premiere Pro.

The first step is to get your audio file in Premiere Pro; you can do these multiple ways. Here are your options: 

  • Simply click, File -> Import
  • Or, double-Click in your project window to import
  • Drag the file into your project window
  • Simply right-Click in your project window to import your audio file.

Yep, all four ways will allow you to import your audio file in Adobe Premiere Pro, ready to add that simple audio fade out. 

Now, drag your audio file onto your timeline

If you’re starting afresh, you can just drag your audio file onto the timeline, and Premiere Pro will assign it to the Audio track. If you’re already working on a project, simply drag your audio file down to clear space in the audio track in your sequence.

This will ensure you don’t overwrite any other audio in your sequence. 

Finally, add the desired audio transition. 

We’re nearly there! Now it’s time to add the audio fade out in Premiere Pro. 

To make sure you have the effects panel unlocked, go to Window > Effects to switch this on to access the audio transitions. 

Finally, add the desired audio transition.

Now you have it opened, select the audio transitions panel.

Select the “Constant Power” and now pull this over onto the clip where you want the audio to fade in or out. For ease, simply press shift-command-D on your keyboard to add the transition [More Premiere Pro shortcuts can be found here]

You now have the option to reduce or increase the duration of your audio fade in or fade out. To do this, simply click the beginning or the end of the transition, and you can drag it to increase the duration or decrease it. 

There you have it, that’s how to create a simple audio fade out in Premiere Pro. Check out more of our Adobe Premiere Pro resources down below. 

We hope this article was helpful to you; let us know your thoughts below in the comments. For more helpful content, check out our latest Premiere Pro articles down below.

Happy editing!

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