Export to Sound Mix in Premiere Pro CC

This tutorial shows you how to export and send us your project for Sound mix and sound design from Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

To export your project from a video editing software to a professional sound editing/mixing software consists of two tasks:
– To export the project and sound files so they can be opened in the sound program. This is a technical task of making digital file formats and different computer software to communicate successfully.
– To prepare the project in a way that is understandable and intuitive for the people working with the sound mix/design. How your editing project is organized, what you have done/not done already with the sound, and your thoughts on what should be done in the finishing step, are all equally important factors for a successful result.

Step 1 – Clean up your timeline. 

Delete all unused clips, muted clips and other stuff that doesn’t need to be there.

Step 2 – Export a Reference Video File.

This is a copy of the film that the sound mixer/sound designer will use when working on the project.
It contains the image, but should also include the sound as it is on your timeline. This gives the sound artist important creative information about the project

  • Make sure you export from the very first frame of your timeline (usually timecode 00:00:00, or 01:00:00 if you have made custom settings). This is important to keep timing correct between the Reference video and the audio files.
  • Go to export media. Choose h264
  • Go to the Effects tab and add Timecode Overlay. This will burn into the video image and is important info for the sound artist when working on your project, and when referring to notes and feedback later on in the process.
  • Name the file “_REFvideo” in the end so it is easy to find and distinguish from other video files later on.

Step 3 – Make a copy of the sequence and prepare your audio tracks.

Organize your audio tracks so the same kind of audio is put on the same tracks.

  • Make a copy of the sequence, and name it “_AAF” in the end.
  • Sort and organize your audio files on the different tracks:
    Audio track 1-4: Recorded audio
    (Camera mic, lavalier mic(s), shotgun boom etc.) As far as is possible, keep the same microphone on the same track throughout the whole project.
    Audio track 5-6: Voice over
    Voice overs usually only need one track, but if you need more, make it to Track 6 also.
    Audio track 7-8: Music
    Music often needs to overlap, and two or more tracks are usually required.
    Audio track 9-XX: SFX
    On the remaining tracks, put everything else. Sound effects, ambience etc.

    Ideally, this is the way you structure your project from the start, while editing.
    But if that is not the case, now is the time to make it so. 

Step 4 – Export an AAF-file

AAF is short for “Advanced Authoring Format” and is a kind of project file that also includes the media files. This is a file format widely used to send film and tv projects to sound software.

  • Remove clip gain changes and other effects from your sound files. Have your media as clean as possible before exporting.
  • Export an AAF file with these settings:

Step 5: Send us the files along with a good brief

Send us the Reference video file and the AAF file over at the submission page.

Last but not by any means least, write an informative brief about your project.
There are a few examples of this over at the submission page, but it should as a thumb rule include:

1) A short background of the project.
A few lines of context is always valuable information.

2) Creative references.
A quick and precise way to get others to understand your vision is to show something similar that already exists.

3) Technical notes.

Bad sound from one of the camera mics from time to time? Sound effects we should keep or replace?

4) How will the project be screened when it’s finished?
TV? Cinema? Mobile phone? Multiple uses? This matters a lot for our working process.

Export to Sound Mix in Premiere Pro CC
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