Solved Best Video Editor for Boosting Volume on Portion of Video?

August 18, 2014 at 18:43:21
Specs: Windows 8
I have a small video file made by a video camera while it was held by me. My voice is clearly audible, whereas the person yelling towards me from a few yards away is a much lower volume on the video.

Anyone have suggestions for a good video editor that can boost the harder-to-hear portions of the video, while leaving the interspersed audio of my voice unchanged in volume?

Thanks for any and all help.


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August 20, 2014 at 18:28:54
Thinking further, what it seems you really want is to equalise the volume level (ie loud made softer, softer made louder. This is something domestic players quite often do with hardware. Although WMM does not exactly do this, tinkering with the two sliders "audio from video" and "audio/music" might help - see here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/...

There "might" be a program that includes a volume levelling feature out there but take care, as given in #3 and #4. Make sure you watch out for any goodies they try to foist on you and uncheck them or go for custom install. Also, if you find something you fancy Google around for that name with the word spyware or malware - it can unearth what folk are saying.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 19, 2014 at 09:27:13
Windows Movie Maker can do this. If it is not already on-board it can be downloaded for free from MS. I found it easy to use once you get used to it and there is plenty about it in Google.

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#2
August 19, 2014 at 20:17:52
Derek, thanks for your kind reply.

I downloaded Windows Movie Maker, but for some reason I can't get it to recognize MP4, AVI, and WMV files so far. Says "can't open this file or the file is corrupted" or similar. I'll look for support on WMM, maybe tomorrow.

I have been able to use iStonsoft WMA to MP3 converter to convert files into audio WAV files. I can use Audacity sound editor to selectively amp up the hard-to-hear parts. Then I could possibly use a video editor (WMM or another if I continue to have trouble with WMM) to reinsert the amped-up audio. Still, it would be better to have a more direct route to get this done.

Thanks again for saying that WMM will allow selectively boost portions of the audio. I'll try it again when I'm more alert.


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August 20, 2014 at 07:58:04
Yeah, WMM can be fussy about MP4. I've found some will open into it fine and others won't. What the subtle difference is between them is unknown to me. If they have already been converted that might be a factor.

Keep watching for other ideas but many freebies get up to things they shouldn't (spyware, malware etc) so you have to be very careful.

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August 20, 2014 at 15:54:54
I use freemake video converter to convert it to a different format...just be SURE to do a custom installation and uncheck or decline all the addons they offer...they are spyware addons. http://www.freemake.com/free_video_...
It is also a good rule of thumb to run Adwcleaner and malwarebytes right after installing the free prog. that way, if you did accidently install something unwanted, they will be safely removed.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...
http://filehippo.com/download_malwa...
Fix all they find

HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions

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August 20, 2014 at 18:28:54
✔ Best Answer
Thinking further, what it seems you really want is to equalise the volume level (ie loud made softer, softer made louder. This is something domestic players quite often do with hardware. Although WMM does not exactly do this, tinkering with the two sliders "audio from video" and "audio/music" might help - see here:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/...

There "might" be a program that includes a volume levelling feature out there but take care, as given in #3 and #4. Make sure you watch out for any goodies they try to foist on you and uncheck them or go for custom install. Also, if you find something you fancy Google around for that name with the word spyware or malware - it can unearth what folk are saying.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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August 20, 2014 at 19:25:18
XpUser4Real, thank you for your helpful reply. I'll probably continue on the strategy in #2 if I can get it to work. If not, I'll probably try FreeMake. Good info to know.

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August 20, 2014 at 19:30:09
Derek, thanks for this further info. I didn't have time to focus more on the project today & it may be next week before I get around to it. Appreciate your kind suggestions.

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August 21, 2014 at 06:53:38
A little more - no need to reply again unless you wish to:

You can always use a file converter if it proves necessary to open it with WLM.

If you have an audio program that will fix the sound this can be taken off the track and handled separately, as a wav or mp3. You then set the WLM slider to zero to remove the existing sound and add the modified replacement instead.

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