7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 7, 2009 8:15 PM by Ai-Max
Ai-Max Level 1 (0 points)
i have given an interview to edit in FCP. The entire footage has been shot outdoors after a rain. Nearby there is an empty tin can that water drops fall onto from the ceiling almost in one second intervals. Off course somebody assumed that background noise might add to the mood of the story at the time of shooting. Now, they are asking to remove it if it is possible. So, is it possible to remove hundreds of waterdrops noise hitting the tin can from an interview footage ?

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  • Level 6 (11,040 points)
    The Spectral Repair mode of iZotope RX can do that. You can download it and give it a whirl in tryout mode (no saving). P.S. you don't need the advanced version for this.
  • nick-b Level 1 (15 points)
    Give this a try: "Surgical Noise removal with Soundtrack Pro"

    Right click, Save... http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mov/pixelcorps.cachefly.net/mbks058_540ph264.mov
  • Ai-Max Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Nick,
    Now i have a real reason to upgrade. This feature is not included in version 2 of Soundtrack Pro that i have. Also removing over 1000 water droplet sound one at a time ( 30 minutes interview ) is kinda tough. That said i am going to give it a try if Apple giving away a demo version of new SoundTrack Pro.

    Thank you very much for help.
  • David M Brewer Level 6 (9,365 points)
    I just saw this on youTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8uJ9YNZtTY

    It may work in you case or it might not...worth a try anyway.
  • Ai-Max Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi david,

    Yes, that was the first trick i tried. it creates kinda audio holes on the clips - it's OK when talking heads are quiet but in the areas with over lapping main dialog and the sound of water droplets, after running BG noise removal technique speakers sound like having a mild hickups - no matter how i adjusted the settings. i am getting closer to asking for a re-Shoot i think.

    Thanks for help.
  • nick-b Level 1 (15 points)
    Ai-Max wrote:
    Hi Nick,
    Now i have a real reason to upgrade. This feature is not included in version 2 of Soundtrack Pro that i have. Also removing over 1000 water droplet sound one at a time ( 30 minutes interview ) is kinda tough. That said i am going to give it a try if Apple giving away a demo version of new SoundTrack Pro.


    Right... it does take time but this is the closest thing to a clone stamp that audio tools currently have. If the sound is not too frequent, you could get away with removing most noticeable/annoying ones. If you cannot reshoot the scene, it will save your bacon. There's no way to just remove this automatically (yet).

    If an hour of your time is cheaper than an hour of talent's time, I'd do just do it manually.

    - nick
  • Ai-Max Level 1 (0 points)
    We came to the same conclusion. Your suggestion gives the cleanest results and other options are either too blunt or just as manual but less effective. Everybody ( even the interviewer ) is going to take-part in doing the surgical erasing operation on the most noticeable water droplets sounds.

    Thanks for your help again.