About Jason

Brief Bio:

Jason Levine, Principal Worldwide Evangelist for Adobe, travels the globe educating users and promoting the Adobe Creative Cloud, with a focus on video products like Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Photoshop and SpeedGrade. Levine has conducted training/workflow sessions for some of the top broadcast corporations in Europe and Asia including BBC, RTL and SVT. Prior to Adobe, Jason was a full-time recording engineer working in studios coast-to-coast, engineering hundreds of recordings in a multitude of genres, prompting the formation of BoodahJooMusic Publishing. Levine also has a children’s television music program in development entitled Just Play Music™, whose goal is to educate and inspire kids and adults alike to simply enjoy and the embrace the incredible feelings of playing live music. Since 2003, Jason has presented to more than 250,000 people, from Syracuse to Singapore and everywhere in between.

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36 thoughts on “About Jason

    • Thank you! I’ve got a few spectral videos on my Vimeo site. If you’ve got requests, I’m all ears. I’ve got a few that I’m already planning on doing (removing wind noise, and another general explanation of working in spectral frequency display) but let me know. Best–JL

  1. Jason,
    You did a great presentation for our MOTION graphics group in Austin about a year ago and mentioned the Adobe educational programs. I am a technology teacher for an after school program -teach over 400 students a year (see my e-mail address) . Who would I talk to?
    Also any websites that answer questions about recording audio for video on portable digital recorders? ( ex:Tascam DR-100)
    Thanks,
    M.Ray
    PS: You also asked about Austin bands, I am going to see my fav band- “The Coffee Sergeants” tonight (www.coffeesergeants.com). They remind me of the if you mixed Sgt. Peppers-Beatles with XTC (the band).

  2. Hi Jason, oops, Mr. Levine. I say Jason because you have spent many many hours at my house, but this is the first time I’ve been to yours, hi.
    I use Audition as a portable recording studio for recording live bands to put with my videos. I use a Tascam D-40 and plug that in to my laptop and record with Audition as well. I don’t know if it was intended for this but it works great. I can see the wave pattern and adjust appropriately. I am quite sure you could do a better job at setup in Audition than me. The main problem is that it’s so loud, as you know. If you have any tips or suggestions, I’m all ears.
    I would also like to say THANK YOU for all your help. If you could find it in your heart and find the time you could stop by my Facebook page and give me a like. Rufus did and it was the best day of my production career. I bought a Nikon D7000 (youa Nikon fan too, yay!) and Adobe Master Collection CS5.5 about 1.5 years ago, locked myself in the office and now I am a small production/graphics company. Thank you, thank you very much for helping my dreams come true!!!

    “Art is an endless world of creativity. You are only limited by the sight of your mind’s eye”. Joe B. 2012

    • Hi kamaroszadicojai, what are the chances of two people from Mobile meeting up here? That is if umobile is University of Mobile, you didn’t put .org on the end.

  3. Hi Jason,
    U r tutorial about change of bit rate is outstanding.
    Can u pl suggest some tips as how to determine correct values of various parameters under ampli. stat. of individual traks in CS6 before mastering.
    Regards,

  4. Hey Jason,

    Your tutorials are awesome. I’m working on editing a documentary and I’ve been focusing on removing background noise from interviews. The main problem I continue to have is that once I remove background noise from someone’s interview, their voice then sounds echo-y and some artifacts pop up as well. Any advice you may have would be incredibly helpful.

    Thanks!
    -Leah

    • Hey Leah. The echoey artifacts you’re hearing are likely from applying too much reduction and/or too little spectral decay. Additionally, capturing a really precise noise profile (ie, only selecting noise from the frequencies where it’s actually present) will result in less echoey/boxey/robotic/metallic sounding results. I’ve got a few tutes out there on NR, but they’re from a few versions back (though the concepts are still the same).

      Noise/Hum Removal in Adobe Audition 3

      I’m thinking of updating these soon. Hope this helps, and thanks for the kind words! Best,–JL

  5. Jason: Excellent presentation last night at the Premiere Pro User group meeting in Washington, DC. You gave us more than just the pitch for Creative Cloud, you provided an excellent quick view of all the software that makes Premiere so versatile (plus the ability to still send to FCP7).
    I completed the survey and downloaded the the song Sabi Sabi. Thanks for not only being a great Adobe Evangelist (ask Julieanne Kost about “Evangelist” when I interviewed her last March at Photoshop World in DC) but for sharing your music website. When you are in the DC area again, I hope we can snag you for an interview on our television show — Picture This. Sorry you missed Nordic Cool at the Kennedy Center but enjoy the real thing over the next few weeks. Karen

    • Thanks ever so much, Karen! I really enjoyed the UG meet-up last night, and hope to return to DC soon! Let’s definitely keep the dialogue rolling, as I’d sincerely love to be interviewed for your show. Take care, and chat soon. Best–JL

  6. Jason, it was such an honor to meet you at Adobe Max 2013. Your portion of the key notes, was one of the memorable highlights of my experience there. I truly enjoyed every one of your sessions. I look forward to crossing paths with you in the near future. Please let me know if you will be in New York. Thank you!
    Olga
    BLOCK DIGITAL PRODUCTIONS©

    • Thanks, Olga! It was a pleasure meeting you as well. So glad to hear that you enjoyed AdobeMAX. More stuff coming over the next few days (to the blog) so stay tuned! Thanks again and stay tuned for additional US tour dates (we’re hoping we’ll get back to NYC sometime this summer). Best! –JL

  7. Hello Jason.

    Really enjoyed your personality and presentation at the Adobe Creative Day yesterday in Johannesburg.
    I have a quick question:
    In making a mobile iOS app, you were able to show the iPhone on your MacBookPro screen as an overlay with an iPhone skin & screen… Is this a function of Apple’s Airplay or are you using another piece of software?
    I am also on the Mac platform with iPhones and iPads and I would like to see such on my Mac screen when testing DPS.
    Many Thanks

    • Hi Brad. Thanks for joining us in Joburg! We use an application called Reflector. And yes, it leverages AirPlay Mirroring for iDevices. It ROCKS. Couldn’t live without it anymore, especially for demoing on big screens. We’ve used everything from the over-head projector-type thingies (often referred to as ‘L-mo’ or “Elmos”), webcams, iSight cam, overhead cams…but they all come with little quirks, lighting issues, etc. Reflector is really the best option (but you MUST have a closed WiFi network to make it work; trying to do it across a shared/public Wifi connection would be nightmarish)…so we always bring along an Airport so we can create our own network, and it works brilliantly. Best—jl

  8. Hello Jason, it was a great pleasure meeting with you today, you were the Star of the CreateNow event in San Francisco. Very informative and great new features that I just heard about. I can’t start telling you how impressed I’m.
    Well done, and keep it up.
    Kind regards,

    • Thanks, Maher! It was indeed a great event and I’m very glad you were able to join us. Lots more to come over the next few months so stay tuned; also, it’s great that we’ve connected on Behance. Such an amazing community of creatives. I’ll be on the lookout for your works there! All the best. –JL

  9. Hi Jason,

    Enjoyed your presentation on Adobe TV re: advanced techniques for v.o. recording. Question, if you don’t mind–recommended tool in Audition to use for taking a long narration track and making voice levels reasonably match throughout the track? This is for an audiobook…some days my voice is just not as loud as others, but overall quality is the same. Thanks! Using Shure SM7B, Saffire preamp, Mac…take care!

    • Hey Del. Using the Match Volume panel will perform exactly the operation that you’re requesting. If you watch my video on Broadcast Safe/ITU Loudness (which is here: http://boodahjoomusic.com/blog/?p=1089) this shows the panel, the various options (you would probably choose something like ‘perceived loudness’ for matching dialogue tracks) and will give you a quick primer on how to apply it. It really works well, and you’ll be able to analyze (and see, ahead of time) the variances between your recorded dialogue (and how much it will need to adjust to make them the same ‘loudness’. Best -JL

  10. Many thanks for tutorials on Match volume.
    Can u pl guide me as how to understand that various criteria of a song are in order by examining the amplitudes statics in Adobe.I shall be glad if you pl also let me know where I can get any writ up on this topic.
    With personal regard,

  11. Jason,

    Please help me. I am interested in doing open captioning on video. The goal of outputting a single file like mpeg4 must be met. I think this means the captioning must be part of the video itself. Currently we use a separate text file output as flash. Per video there are many files whereas we wish just one like mpeg4 or H.264. We have the entire Adobe Master Collection. I believe we use Media Encoder for our subtitle work. Again the goal is to have a single video file as output and this file will have captioning.

    I will respond quickly with any questions you have.

    SOS SOS SOS,
    Please help.
    Mike C.

    • Hi Mike. In Premiere Pro CC, you can certainly create new captions and export/embed them into an MP4 file. Depending on the format of your original captions, you might be able to import those into Premiere Pro. –JL

  12. Hello Jason,

    I’ve learned so much from you Adobe videos. I have one question that no one I have contacted can answer, but I just know you can. As you know in Adobe Audition you can cut up audio tracks by using Ctrl K in Multitrac window. I want to be able to cut up audio tracks the same identical way in the Edit (Waveform) window. Ctrl X and the F8 key does not do what I want. Surely there is a way I can put the cursor at a particular section of an audio track and be able to cut or separate the track into sections in the Edit window just like the multitrack. I am able to put markers in by pressing the “M” key but that doesn’t cut to separate. Your help is needed. Thanks so much and Happy Thanksgiving.

    Ed

    • Hi Ed. By design, the Edit (Waveform) View is a destructive view, and therefore we don’t allow ‘splitting/separating’ within the stereo/mono view itself; the process to separate/cut into pieces is via using markers. Select the range/region that you want and hit ‘M’ as you did; once you have all of your ranges, open the marker panel and you’ll see a button entitled “Export Audio of Selected Range Markers To Separate Files”. This will allow you to choose a format (presumably, WAV, or whatever you want) and the attributes for said format, and then it will create separate new files that you can then assemble in the multitrack. You can also select a range and simply right-click/ctrl-click and ‘Copy Range to a New File’, but once again, it will create a ‘new’ WAV, etc. so really, the batch way I just described is a better workflow. Best. –jl

  13. Hi Jason,

    I’m trying to match up two recorded tracks in Audition…one is a recording of a Skype call (an interview) and then my own voice recorded in the booth. Is there a magic Booda trick to getting two tracks to line up precisely, thus saving hours of arduous editing? Thanks so much for your advice.

    Jim

    • Hi Jim. Well, there’s an auto audio-sync process in Premiere Pro that is probably better suited (and faster) for this particular re-sync process. It literally takes seconds. You might have some success with ‘Automatic Speech Alignment’ in Audition natively, but this was really designed to sync/match-up *different* vocals (ie, ADR) so it will/may actually perform time-stretching to make things fit (which may or may not affect your existing audio in a negative way). Otherwise, it’s just going old-school, looking at the waveforms and lining them up, which many times, winds up being the best way anyway (and really, only takes a short amount of time to do). Good luck! –JL

      • Thanks! That’s helpful, but then I discovered that even though I could line things up pretty well, the echo was not entirely my alignment of the two recorded tracks–there’s unwanted reverb on the Skype recording! Do you happen to have any suggestions for dealing with that, how to minimize the reverb? Thanks so much. You’re a great resource.

        Jim

        • Unfortunately Jim, there’s very little you can do to ‘de-verb’ recordings. The echo that you’re referring to (from Skype calls/capture) is one I’m quite familiar with (and likely the result of the bandwidth dropping, causing that echoey/almost artificial-metallic kind of sound). This is impossible to ‘remove’…but you can use EQ to at least amplify key frequencies (assuming the bandwidth wasn’t so low that there’s little to work with). That, and a combination of noise gate/downward expansion, and you can essentially improve intelligibility…but that’s about as good as you’ll likely get it. Best of luck. –jl

  14. Sorry Jason but am still using Adobe Audition 3.0
    How do you get the record head/playback head to stop in place versus snapping back to the beginning of the file where you left off. This is so annoying when you are trying to edit. In CS5 and CS6 Shift X takes care of this, but not in 3.0. Can you help with this? Thanks so much and Happy Holidays.

    Ed
    A Jason Fan

    • To be honest, Ed…it’s been quite some time since I’ve used CS3; having said that, I don’t believe the ‘stop at position’ function was added ‘until’ CS5.5 (when we went cross-platform with Audition). Have you tried CC? –jl

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