Remove Background Music/Noise from Camera Audio?

AColonnaAColonna Website User Posts: 7
edited April 2019 in Post-production techniques

When you're walking through a public venue that's playing music, but you are doing good commentary where you want to keep the footage and commentary, is there a way to distort or drop the background music that's copyrighted so you don't get flagged on YouTube?

If that's not possible, I wonder if you overlayed another music track on top, would it distort the track so it wouldn't get flagged?

Andy

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  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 18,292 Ambassador

    Just find non copyright music.

    FXHOME is a commercial site. Discussion on how to circumvent copyrights on licensed material would be questionable behavior and might be subject to deletion by mod or staff.

    There are many places online to obtain license-free music, including this thread by @EricMatyas

  • AColonnaAColonna Website User Posts: 7

    No we're trying to do all correctly and not have copyright issues.  I'll give more detail. So we're doing a ship tour when boarding our ship, and while walking through the Casino, we're getting very good footage, and saying doing commentary on how we'll be back, but usually lose, that sort of thing. We wanted to keep the commentary, but not have their music that's playing in the background. Just looking for tips on how to do this right.

    Thanks!

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 18,292 Ambassador
    edited April 2019

    Ah, removing the copyrighted elements. My apologies  you are trying to do the correct thing. :) 

    Ok, this type of sonic removal is difficult  specialized work, and rarely 100% effective, but results can be obtained to allow you to replace the sound by mixing in other elements. 

    This is beyond Hitfilm's tools. The technique is "Spectral Editing." It's not in my skill set, so I can only say Audacity, Reaper and SpectraLayers are three different programs that can be used for it. One is free, one is cheap  one is expensive. I have no idea how good each is. Hopefully someone else will have better information. 

    Hope this at least gives you tips on how to get started. YouTube, of course  will have tutorials on removing sounds/music with spectral editing. 

    Otherwise just be ready to do the boring work of snipping out wherever characters don't talk and patching the audio. It takes time  but a good audio mix is so satisfying to build! 

    Edit : Oh, I rewrote your thread headline to better set up your question. :) ?

  • AColonnaAColonna Website User Posts: 7

    Thanks so much!! :-) 

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 18,292 Ambassador
  • triforcefxtriforcefx United StatesModerator, Website User Posts: 1,060 Moderator

    Removing music rarely produces amazing results, unfortunately. Audacity will at least give you an idea of what you can do with your audio in it's current state.

    https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/tutorial_vocal_removal_and_isolation.html#isolate

    Scroll to the vocal isolation section and follow the directions.

    Until AI gets good enough to literally recreate the audio without background music, it will be a bit rough.

    Alternatively, if you like what was said, you could mute the volume and do a voiceover using a transcription of what was said.

  • Triem23Triem23 Moderator Moderator, Website User, Ambassador, Imerge Beta Tester, HitFilm Beta Tester Posts: 18,292 Ambassador

    @triforcefx raises a very real point. In general a TV show or movie would re-dub a scene with background noise. The bottom line is it is ultimately faster and easier to re-record the audio and build a sound mix than it is to try and filter the production audio and fill it out. 

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