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Tip #1498: Fixing a Zoom Audio Problem

Patrick Flaherty

Zoom can cause audio drop out. Here’s a quick fix.

Analyze Audio options in the Media Import window.

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Patrick Flaherty shared this tip.

Larry, I’ve been editing videos of interviews that were done on Zoom. I found that because of either buffering or digital drop out, I’m not sure what causes it, but some of the audio disappears, it gives me a small loss. i

I found that when I changed the import preferences by unchecking the Remove Silent Channels it imported without a problem.

Larry replies: Patrick, I’m not sure why this drop-out is occurring, but this is a great tip to help us fix it when it does. Thanks!

You’ll find this option in two places in Final Cut Pro:

  • Preferences > Import
  • Media Import window > Analyze Audio settings on the far right side.

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3 Comments
  1. Chris Mags
    Chris Mags says:

    I don’t quite understand. Does this trick actually restore the audio that dropped out? Isn’t it recorded that way leaving nothing to recover?

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    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:

      Chris:

      From my reading of it, changing the file name restores the missing audio. I’ll check with Patrick to see if I’m correct.

      Larry

      Reply
    • Larry Jordan
      Larry Jordan says:

      Chris:

      I contacted Patrick for more details. Here’s what he wrote:

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      As a matter of fact when I unchecked the silent channel I did get the audio back when I reimported it. The whole zoom interview thing is kind of weird. The work flow for me is that the interviewer sends me the interview through google. When I download it into my IMACPro it comes in as a mov file first and then for some reason my mac kicks into Editready and it converts it into a mp4. I go to the mov and use that file instead when I import into FCP. When I saw the audio missing I inspected the original to see if it was there and that is when I discovered to uncheck the silent channel on import.

      I also had another aberration happen on one of the interviews there were 2 spots where it kicked into a having echo in the segments they only happened for 17 secs and 16 seconds and I used echo remover app from Noise Industries and it helped a little bit. I’m not sure whether this is the streaming thing or buffering.

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      Larry

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