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Sound Strip Audio "Pan" defaults are misleading
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System Information
Operating system: Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS
Graphics card: GTX 1060 6GB

Blender Version
2.80.75

Short description of error
In the Audio Strip settings, "Pan" has 2 issues.

  1. Pan only works if the "Mono" setting is selected. This is fine, but it would be nice if the Pan property would disable unless Mono is selected.
  2. Pan only works when it is set to a range between -1 and 1. Yet the default settings allow you to set it out of range -2 and 2. If it is set out of range, it won't pan at all.

Event Timeline

Yet the default settings allow you to set it out of range -2 and 2. If it is set out of range, it won't pan at all.

This is for panning to more than 2 channels.

Here's my cheat sheet:

Unless this no longer works. I haven't checked the 2.8 release....

Richard Antalik (ISS) lowered the priority of this task from 90 to High.Sep 16 2019, 1:25 AM

I would say, that this panning range seems a bit hacky, but it is also described in manual:
https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/latest/video_editing/sequencer/properties/strip.html#sound

As for #1 I Agree to gray out pan if sound is not mono

I wonder if it would be possible to show which speaker the pan is directed towards, by putting a Letter, representing the speaker, next to the number?

Examples:
-1.0L, 1.0R

I mean this could be enum for placement and pan field of -1 to 1 range.

I am not sure how exactly this is implemented, but it would be nice to make controls that make sense here.
On the other hand, this would have super low priority

Is this really a high prio task? From what I understand the only issues described are:

  • Non-intuitive values that are actually well documented in the manual.
  • A UI tweak to grey out the pan setting if it's not going to be used.
Richard Antalik (ISS) lowered the priority of this task from High to Normal.Sep 26 2019, 1:08 PM

@Sybren A. Stüvel (sybren) Not really.

I marked it as high prio, because it was new and quite easy to deal with, so I won't forget about it.

Not sure if priority guidelines for tasks from 2.8 near release still applies.

I'm also not too sure, I wouldn't mind having concrete info in the wiki about what the Confirmed High/Medium/Low levels mean, and how they are different from Normal. Maybe @Dalai Felinto (dfelinto) or @Nathan Letwory (jesterking) can help here?

Instead of marking as high priority I think the better way is to just assign the task to yourself.

This probably should be discussed elsewhere, but @Dalai Felinto (dfelinto) can you shed light on what the current levels mean?

Yet the default settings allow you to set it out of range -2 and 2. If it is set out of range, it won't pan at all.

This is for panning to more than 2 channels.

Here's my cheat sheet:

Unless this no longer works. I haven't checked the 2.8 release....

If these values still hold, maybe it's just a question of adding preset buttons like this:

that would be perhaps quite nice.
Don't know if we need to fine-tune

You would still need the slider:

Of course something like this would be the optimal solution:

The slider + button combination doesn't seem that intuitive to me. The dot-between-speakers, that's very nice! We should do something like that :)