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How to remove echo from Premiere Pro?

Premiere Pro is the goto video editor for a significant number of content creators out there. Not only does it boast an array for features for editing videos like inbuilt transitions, motion graphics support and whatnot, it also has a few audio fixes up its sleeve.

Anyone who edits videos, especially the ones involving dialogue, will tell you that crisp audio can make or break a video. Now there are numerous things that can cause bad sounding audio, however, by far the worst and the most popular is an echo.

It’s extremely easy to pick up, really hard to get rid of and can cause really unpleasant audio. In this article, we’re going to take a look at how you can remove echo from your videos straight in Premiere.

Also read: Cinematography 101: Introduction to colour grading in Premiere Pro

Removing echo from videos

Before we get started, keep in mind that this will not magically make your audio sound a lot nicer. Any digital modifications you make to your audio will deteriorate its quality in some capacity. It’s always a better idea to get your audio as clear as possible right out of the microphone.

We’re just finding the perfect balance between removing echo and not distorting our audio too much. 

Step 1: Once you’ve got Premiere Pro up and running, drag your clip to the timeline and make sure your sequence is all set.

How to remove echo from Premiere Pro? | Candid.Technology

Step 2: In the Effects panel, search for DeReverb. Drag and drop the effect onto your audio clip.

How to remove echo from Premiere Pro? | Candid.Technology

Step 3: Over in the Effects Control panel. scroll until you find the DeReverb effect. Click on the Edit button under Custom Setup

How to remove echo from Premiere Pro? | Candid.Technology

Step 4: You’ll see a bunch of different lines and an Amount slider. As long as you don’t know exactly what frequencies you are dealing with, leave it to the flat line.

How to remove echo from Premiere Pro? | Candid.Technology

Next, you’re going to have to start playing around with the Amount slider to adjust the amount of DeReverb that you’re adding. 

We’d say about 40% is a nice starting point. Note that the more DeReverb you add the flatter your audio will get. Keep adjusting the slider until you feel enough echo has been removed.

Also read: How to make a Screen Mask Transition in Premiere Pro?

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