I was looking through the Audio filters for a Volume Automation / Envelope of some sort to enable quick, and versatile adjustments of audio levels, and - unless I am wrong - see there is nothing like this.
Are there any plans to introduce Volume Automation?
The current ‘gross’ way of effecting audio potentially requires manually splitting the audio clip in many places, if one wants to vary the audio volume at quite a few different points, and having to do things this way is extremely cumbersome.
I am planning on sticking with Shotcut as my video editor for now, and my workaround will be editing audio in my DAW (Reaper), and re-importing the clip to Shotcut.
However, I can imagine this might become a deal-breaker eventually, especially considering that other video editing programs have this capability, and that the workflow and methodology of using a volume envelope is so intuitive, quick and easy.
I saw one other post from 2019 in which someone was talking about using keyframes to effect the audio, and while that sounds good in theory, the poster seemed to find it a less-than-ideal solution.
OK. I guess you are asking for a different control - maybe make them look like mixing board sliders or something that you find more intuitive. It is unclear to me since I do not know what “Volume Automation” is.
Your title suggestion is to create a filter. Any filter is going to require steps 1-4 that you listed above. So maybe you don’t really want a filter?
I think he wants the Gain keyframes to be visible and changeable directly in the clip on the timeline, overlaying the waveform preview or maybe shown under it. This is how Cubase works. In essence, volume is a keyframable filter that is always visible and ready to be edited.
The actual graphical way of applying audio points/automation through keyframes (and which is shown in the video) is fine, and is exactly what I was looking for.
For me, though, the workflow is much too involved (even though I know I will get used to it).
I would much rather be able to right-click and choose (in this case) something like ‘Keyframes for Audio’ from a context menu, and have the Gain/Volume filter and keyframe tab automatically pop up, than have to go through the multiple steps necessary (and which I described above, and I forgot one of them) to set up / access the keyframes for audio.
And also to not have to wait 8 or 9 seconds for that to happen.
@shotcut, your response came in while I was informing myself and thinking about this interesting proposal about volume automation, and I was just about to make a similar remark. I’ve noticed a lot of different wishes about Shotcut by a lot of people who prefer working in different ways. A risk that I foresee about trying to cater to too many different preferences is creating complexity to the extent of alienating people who have chosen Shotcut precisely for the reason that its complexity is still manageable, without having to become a video editing pro.
I had been thinking about this, too, but in the case of my suggestion (and others like mine which would involve fewer steps to accomplish a task), I would imagine people would welcome a simpler, more streamlined functionality.