MAGIX Video Sound Cleaning Lab is the ideal tool for optimising your video soundtracks. In just a few clicks you can clean up unwanted background noise, enhance the existing audio and even add special effects to deliver the precise results you need.

There are tools to remove wind noise and camera hiss, for instance. Sudden changes in volume that distort your audio can be cleaned up with the limiter, or DeClipper. The FFT filter removes power hum, while the DeEsser minimises hissing "s" sounds in speech recordings.

Sometimes you'll have audio issues that are very brief: a background cough, a mobile phone ringing, a single clap maybe. But that doesn't have to be a problem. The Spectral Cleaning tool helps you pick out these individual irritations, and remove them cleanly, without leaving a gap or reducing sound quality.

You don't have to be an audio expert to make this happen, either. The program includes a Tasks pane that describes in plain English the goals you might want to achieve, like "reduce wind noise", "remove power humming" or "reduce volume fluctuations". Just choose the one you need and Video Sound Cleaning Lab will walk you through the process of tweaking your soundtrack.

And there's no need to worry about compatibility, as Video Sound Cleaning Lab works with all the video and audio files that matter. It's able to import and export (DV-)Avi, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (including AVCHD), MOV, WMV, MXV, WAV, MP3, WMA, AIF, OGG and FLAC files.

Verdict

MAGIX Video Sound Cleaning Lab has plenty of effective audio cleanup tools, and is easier to use than many similar packages. Just a few minutes work could make a real difference to your video soundtrack