Auto detect beats in music, generate a cut, place markers and more
BeatEdit detects the beats in your music and generates beat markers in the Premiere Pro timeline. Create automatic edits in sync with the music or let BeatEdit assist your manual editing process.
Editing in sync with the music has never been easier. BeatEdit detects the beats of your music and represents them as markers in the Premiere Pro timeline.
Speed-up any editing process that involves music
Use the beat information to generate fully automatic edits in sync with the music. If you need more control, the beat markers can also be used as guides in your manual editing process. Also the automatic edits can be tweaked easily in the timeline.
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- robust state of the art beat detection
- create sequence markers or clip markers
- compatible with Automate to Sequence function of Premiere Pro
- select beats randomly to create more variation
- option to create extra markers at other rhythmically relevant points in addition to the beats
Robust Beat Tracking Technology
BeatEdit relies on very robust beat tracking technologies developed by music research groups around the globe. The used beat tracker IBT is developed by the Sound and Music Computing Group at INESC University of Porto. Furthermore, BeatEdit is relying on the MARSYAS (Music Analysis, Retrieval and Synthesis for Audio Signals) framework which is developed under the direction of George Tzanetakis, Associate Professor at University of Victoria.
Premiere Pro Timeline
After the beat detection, we generated sequence markers in the Premiere Pro timeline for some of the beats (1). Then we used the Automate To Sequence function of Premiere Pro, to automatically generate a cut based on those markers (2). In addition to the sequence markers, we also generated clip markers for all beats in the audio track (3). These are useful as guides in case we want to modify any of the cuts manually later and still ensure that they are placed accurately on beat locations.
Working with the beats is very intuitive: In the BeatEdit user interface, they are visualized as blue bars and are audible as click sounds during playback. The user interface also offers flexible tools to select specific beats and to add extra markers at other rhythmically relevant points.
Can I import the Beats to After Effects?
Yes. When you generate clip markers with BeatEdit in Premiere Pro, they are stored inside the actual audio file. When you open the same audio file with After Effects (or in another Premiere Pro project) the markers are still there. Also, if you generate sequence markers and drag/drop the sequence from Premiere to AE, the sequence markers are imported together with the sequence.
Where is the difference to Beat Assistant for After Effects?
BeatEdit for Premiere Pro and Beat Assistant for After Effects are very different.
BeatEdit for Premiere Pro
- has a way more robust and accurate beat detection engine. In contrast to the AE tool, it does not only predict the beats per minute, but the actual position of every single beat (and even other rhythmically relevant points).
- has a very powerful and intuitive interface to visualize and select individual beats
Beat Assistant for After Effects
- is compatible with all After Effects versions since CS4, while BeatEdit for Premiere is only compatible with CC 2014 and CC 2015
- can also generate keyframes and stagger layers
Hence, if you use an old version of After Effects or if it is very important for you to generate keyframes or stagger layers, Beat Assistant for After Effects might be your best choice. But usually, BeatEdit for Premiere Pro will be the much better, more robust, accurate and flexible solution.
Adobe Premiere Pro 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, CC 2019, CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015.3
PLEASE NOTE: Due to architectural changes that Adobe implemented in Premiere 13.1.5, BeatEdit for Premiere Pro v1 is not compatible with 13.1.5 and higher, for these versions you must use v2.
2.2.000 – Nov 17, 2023
– added support for colored markers
– native support of Apple Silicon processors
– fixed installation issues
2.1.010 – Jan 25, 2023
– bug fixes
2.1.009 – Mar 10, 2022
– various bug & compatibility fixes
2.1.007 – Oct 11, 2021
Fixed issue with “cannot convert” error message.
2.1.004 – May 10, 2021
– added support for aac audio files
2.1.003 – Apr 19, 2021
– new quantization feature for improved beat detection
– fixed copy/paste issues
2.0.006 – Jul 11, 2020
– added workaround for slowness on CC2020’s new world scripting engine
2.0.004 – May 25, 2020
– fixed issues with creating clip markers when some markers already exist
2.0.003 – Sep 26, 2019
– load music directly from the Premiere Pro Sequence
move markers tool
– beat info panel (see bpm, number of selected beats and more)
– work area support (create, move or delete markers only within the work area)
– new user interface with resizable sections
support for Adobe Premiere Pro 13.1.5 (CC 2019) and newer
– beat at the very beginning of the song is detected properly
performance improvements & bug fixes
What’s New in Version 2
- Load music directly from the Premiere Pro Sequence move markers tool
- Beat info panel (see bpm, number of selected beats and more)
- Work area support (create, move or delete markers only within the workarea)
- New user interface with resizable sections
- Support for Adobe Premiere Pro 13.1.5 (CC 2019) and newer
- Beat at the very beginning of the song is detected properly
- Performance improvements & bug fixes
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