As a rule of thumb, doing the sound editing and sound mixing of your video projects separately in a dedicated DAW (digital audio workstation) is always the better option for achieving optimal results. For instance, you can do some basic editing and audio track automation in Premiere Pro CC, yet the software is barely optimised for advanced audio workflows as it has only limited capabilities in these terms compared to ones the professional DAWs generally provide.
On the other hand, the biggest flaw of working on your audio separately is actually the necessity to export all audio clips from the video timeline upfront using OMF (or any other transfer format) along with rendering the video in order to be able to open it flawlessly in your audio editor of choice. Things may get even worse when you utilise the suggested workflow on a bigger scale such as a documentary or a feature film. Often there will be hundreds of media files that need to be exported and rendered in advance.
Fortunately, the latest CC versions of both Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition provide an extremely effective and efficient resolution. Watch the following video as Larry Jordan showcases the new advanced features and round-trip workflow between these two applications.
Using Dynamic Link seems to be the “go-to” solution that many of us have been waiting for a long, long time. Filmmakers and editors no longer need to render and export both audio and video files in order to send them to the other Adobe platforms supporting Dynamic Link. The beauty of this solution is that now you can pass the exact same video and audio files between both applications, thus minimizing your need to create extra media and renders.
To send you files from Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Audition CC you simply need to select your project, go to Edit, navigate down to Edit in Adobe Audition and select Sequence. In the previous version of the software, there were four options in the bottom of the dialog window that opens up. The missing and already obsolete setting is actually Export Preview Video.
Due to the excellent work of Adobe software engineers, editors no longer need to utilise this option. When you send Premiere Pro projects to Audition using the Dynamic Link, you simply view the video in its native resolution within Audition. All you need to do is select Entire Sequence and send video through Dynamic Link. When you hit OK, Audition automatically opens up and you can immediately access all audio project files arranged in the exact way you left them in Premiere Pro. You also get a single video channel perfectly synced with the audio from your Premiere Pro project.
Now you can edit and mix your audio using all the advanced tools Adobe Audition provides. For each subsequent edit in Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro sends the audio clip that it created for the initial editing session. When you’re done you can go to Multitrack and select Export to Adobe Premiere Pro.
The software also lets you export each track as a stam, or mix down the entire project down to a Mono, a Stereo or a 5.1 file or all of the three.
The hardest part of the process that Adobe team did so well was actually creating a standalone video file that is perfectly synced to the audio files throughout the whole round-trip workflow between Premiere Pro CC and Audition CC. Now editors only need to focus on the creative side of the process eliminating the necessity to spend countless hours on tedious rendering and exporting files.
All in all, this is the simplest, most seamless and robust audio editing experience we’ve ever seen so far between any NLE and DAW applications.