Using Volume Keyframes and Fades in Descript

Ross Zeiger
March 17, 2024
5
minute read

Are you looking to perfect your audio levels in your video and podcast projects? Do you want to learn how to use volume keyframes and fades to achieve the ideal audio balance?

In this blog, we'll guide you through the process using Descript.


Fades: A Simple Solution for Smooth Transitions


Fades are a powerful tool to create smooth transitions in your videos and podcasts. They can be applied to both visual and audio elements.

Here's how to use fades:


- Apply fades at the start of any clip where there's a cut (i.e. a clip boundary).
- Hover your mouse over the clip and click the little white dot at the start or end of a clip and drag it left or right to set the duration of the fade.
- The fade-in gradually brings the audio from silence to its full volume, creating a smooth transition.
- Similarly, the fade-out gradually lowers the volume until it reaches silence at the end of the clip.


Separating Audio and Video Fades


By default, the fade feature applies to both the audio and the visual component of the clip.

You can choose to apply fades to either the audio or video component separately by left clicking on the white dot. Then, you can separately set the fade length (in seconds) for the audio and video, allowing for customized control over both elements.


Adjusting Volume Using Keyframes


Keyframes provide granular control over volume settings at specific points in your project:
- You can set keyframes to adjust the volume at different points in your video or podcast.
- For instance, you can increase the volume in the intro and gradually lower it when dialogue starts.
- Furthermore, you can apply keyframes to ensure the audio fades smoothly in and out at different sections of your project.


Ducking: Managing Volume Levels for Multiple Layers


Ducking is a feature that allows you to automatically quiet all other layers other than the one it's applied to. In other words, it adjusts the volume of other layers relative to the layer where ducking has been applied. This is useful, for example, for maintaining the prominence of dialogue or audio effects while background music plays at a lower level.


Enhancing the Audio Experience


By using these techniques, you can create a seamless and professional audio experience for your audience. Whether you're working on video content or podcasts, mastering volume keyframes and fades can elevate the quality of your projects.


Ready to take your audio editing skills to the next level? Check out the Descript Mastery YouTube channel for more tutorials and tips on creating high-quality content:


Happy Descripting!