Unless you are Tim Ferris, Tom Bilyeu, or a million-dollar Netflix production a pregnant pause has no artistic value in an exchange information. The field of self-broadcasting is hyper-competitive and the race is to deliver more value in less time.
But the brainpower it takes to spend four-hours deleting an hour’s worth of audio waveform by hand is as strenuous as silence is to sit through. That’s why vloggers, podcasters, educators, and information producers who can afford to farm the editing work out, do.
For the rest of us, to automate the most painstaking part of making video and audio—slicing and dicing waveforms—is not a hack, it saves a lifetime of work. (Hell, take those four newly available hours and spend it with the family, TimeBolt can save a marriage!)
So how do you let the machines do the work?
Delete silence and dead air — The core technology is a pre-processor algorithm to cut and compress silence. The filtered file is recompiled back into the same format and screen resolution as the source.
Support all major video and audio formats — TimeBolt is a pre-processor. Capture direct on a Mac, or from a PC and optimize any native file on your desktop. No need to upload or import into another program to output an MP4 or MP3 container.
TimeBolt supports FFMPEG so most all major audio and video formats (MOV, AVI, MPEG, AIFC, TREC, ASF and more). Capture, edit, and walk away.
Set a minimum duration before silence is cut — There is a difference between cutting micro-silence from one sentence to the next, and time to think or lag in webinars. To ignore natural silence between two concurrent sentences, set to ignore audio levels less than half-a-second.
Fine-Tune silence thresholds — Mics capture background noise, it’s never just silence. To fine-tune edits TimeBolt offers:
Recommended audio filter level. TimeBolt averages the waveform and recommends a start filter level.
Visualize and preview audio cuts based on filter levels selected. You know the output before you hit render. Fine-tune filter thresholds if necessary.
Custom Grace Period adds a time buffer to the start and end of silence cuts so words are not maturely cut. Click the button, the software does the work.
Analyze both time saved and processing time based on selections.
Compress (not cut) silence — There are times (not often I’d argue) silence in an information exchange has meaning. For example, illustrating a math problem on the whiteboard and not speaking. The order the problem develops matter, so you don’t want to eliminate all ten seconds.
Instead, speed it up!
You have the option to compress silence to a percent of its original duration. Compress ten-seconds down to 75% of the original length. Now the segment is 2.5 seconds and looks sped up. Need more time? That’s OK, hit pause and rewind.
XML — create edit decision list and XML export for creators who want granular control of which audio to cut, even by track, in formats that support multiple audio track files like MP4. Edit more short-form video right in a native video editor like Adobe Premier.
Dynamic insertion — Add intro and outro segment, in addition to ad monetization
Word removal — remove filler words using AI
In the end TimeBolt is about automating the editing 1’s and 0’s on a waveform so you can focus on creation, and more artistic elements. You now have a turnkey tool to save millions of wasted hours of viewer time each month.
What do you think should be next on our feature roadmap? Leave a comment below. We listen!