We don’t know about you, but we can hardly wait for 2018. Between the excitement of holiday festivities, a stack of year-end projects for work and school, and whatever else the month of December seems to want to throw at us, the holiday season can be as chaotic as it is cheerful.
When we do finally get the chance to unwind, we curl up with a cup of peppermint tea, light some seasonal candles, and kick back to our favorite calming playlist. In a moment of stress, we often find comfort in listening to the crash of waves or the white noise of a bustling city street. But there’s something a tad less soothing about these ambient sounds when they distract from a video you’re trying to shoot.
Removing unwanted background noise is a challenge that’s all too familiar to our fellow filmmakers. And although you might never have the perfect amount of silence during filming, there are a few steps you can take to minimize unwanted sounds when it comes to the post-production process.
The guide below will show you how to address two common issues with VLC in three quick steps. Later, we’ll show you another way to rid your project of even the most stubborn background distractions—using royalty-free music from our fully-stocked audio library.
How to Remove White Noise in VLC:
1. After you open VLC, select View from the drop-down menu. Click on Show Audio Effects Button.
2. Navigate to the bottom right corner, where you’ll find the Audio Effects icon. Once you’re in the Audio Effects folder, select Equalizer. This will allow you to begin the process of deleting or muting each unwanted sound manually, one band at a time.
3. After you click Enable, begin playing your selected audio track, adjust the volume up and down for each individual band, until you find the specific band that has to be muted. (The disruption could be in one or multiple bands, so keep repeating this process to make sure that the sound is gone entirely.) Don’t forget to turn the other bands back up after you isolate the one you want to delete.
How to Remove the Hissing Sound:
1. Click on View, then on Show Audio Effects button.
2. Once you’re in the Audio Effects folder, click into Spatializer.
3. Uncheck Enable Spatializer.
And voila, you can kiss that hiss goodbye.
If you aren’t able to resolve a particular issue, you can also insert background music into the video to mask the remaining noise.
Here are three short loops that may resolve any leftover issues, or could even be used to suggest a certain mood, create a theme, or simply to set your video or advertisement apart from the rest.
Tune in to our audio library to find the perfect full-length song, loop, or sound effect to complement your next project.