Dealing with 1 channel audio

jkmail
jkmail Posts: 32 Just Starting Out

Hi

I've imported a video with a mono (1 channel) audio output. As expected when the file is digitized and bought into hitfilm it only shows audio on channel one.  If I want this to play on a two channel (stereo) television/monitor what is the best way to copy that over to a new channel 2. Please keep in mind is it better to copy tht over before editing or after editing when all the effects have been added. 

 

Thanks 

John 

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  • Stargazer54
    Stargazer54 Posts: 3,755 Ambassador

    @jkmail You can use a free audio editor, Audacity, and pan Chan 1 to Chan 2.   It won't be stereo, but you'll have audio on both  channels.

    https://www.audacityteam.org/

    You could in theory copy paste from one channel to another in HF, but a bonafide audio editor is the way to go, IMHO.

     

  • jkmail
    jkmail Posts: 32 Just Starting Out

    Thank you

    I was hoping to do it all in 1 box (program) but I guess it's just better to mix somewhere else

    John

  • JBaymore
    JBaymore Posts: 372 Enthusiast

    Audacity is kinda' the 'Blender' of audio.  Awesome free software.  Lots of plugins available.  I do a lot of the audio work that I import into Hitfilm Pro with that.

    best,

    ................john

  • jkmail
    jkmail Posts: 32 Just Starting Out

    Thanks, already have it ?

  • jkmail
    jkmail Posts: 32 Just Starting Out

    Still not sure though what is the best way to duplicate audio 1 (left) to auto 2 (right)

    Let me know if I'm on the right track. 

    After finishing the edit with fades and effects I highlight the tratck I export it. At this point it is multiple mp4 files which have to be converted into a format that Auducity can use. At that point the separate files have to be linked to make 1 track then I still was not able to copy track 1 to track 2?

    Ideas? 

  • Stargazer54
    Stargazer54 Posts: 3,755 Ambassador

    Depending on the codecs you have installed, you should  be able to read your original footage directly into Audacity and extract the track.  Then use the pan controls to have the audio on both channels.   Once that is done then write out the 2 track audio as a .wav file and import that back into HF as your new track.

    As to how to do all  that, the internet is your friend.  There are plenty of tutorials on using Audiacity.  Just have to do some research.

  • jkmail
    jkmail Posts: 32 Just Starting Out