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jimtall2343 [Avatar]
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I'm having trouble editing a project in Power Director 16. The project is 1 hour long with photos, video clips and music. Every time I try to edit the "audio volume" in an individual vido clip (on the timeline) PD-16 freezes up and I have to use the "task manager" to end the proram. I've tried adjusting the volume in the audio mixing room but prefer clicking on the video clip and using the arrow on the audio portion to bring the volume up or down. I am about 99% finished with this project but still need to adjust the volumes on several video clips. Oh yea, PD-16 also froze up the last time I tried to "save" the project. When I first had this problem I "uninstalled" PD16 and then reinstalled it. That helped for a while but now PD16 just stops working when I enter the volume adjustment phase. Can anyone provide some advice?
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If I were in your situation I'd do one of two things, depending on whether or not the clips you need to lower the volume on are overlaid on other audio.

1) If the audio for each clip is clean (and doesn't play along with any other audio), simply produce the whole project as-is, then clear out the timeline and then reduce the audio in the produced clip wherever needed. You may want to place timeline markers at the start of each section, and then use Ctrl + A to highlight all existing project timeline content and then delete it. When you place the produced clip on the clean timeline, the markers will show you exactly where to lower the sound, and you can use keyframes to create the reduced volume there.

2) If you have other audio running in the video and your problematic clips are "on top" of that, I would use Range Produce (maybe after copying each clip to an unused timeline section first) and then substitute each problematic clip with the produced version. That may allow you to change the volume.

Both of these steps assume that the volume issue is related to the specific source clips you're working with. If instead the problem is with PD somehow being unable to adjust the volume at all, try using the built-in WaveEditor/Audio Editor first. If that also doesn't work, look at using a 3rd party tool like Audacity, Handbrake or Virtual Dub2, depending on your preference.

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Thank you for your quick response. I've never used the build in Wave Editor/Audio Editor and I'd like to try this as a fix to the volume adjustment problem I'm having with PD16 (can't increase volume without PD16 stopping). Can you tell me where I find this tool or point me in a direction where I can learn more about it? Thanks again. Jim
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Sure. Just right-click on the clip in the timeline and select Edit Audio. You'll then see one of those options (it was WaveEditor in earlier PD versions, and I believe the change to Audio Editor occurred in in PD17).

There should be tutorials on the forum and on YouTube and in the Cyberlink Learning Center if you need more assistance on how to use it.
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Thank you very much. I'll check out these out.
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