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Working with video files

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Video: Working with video files

In this day and age, it's increasingly important to composers of musical genres be able to provide music for video and film. Let's take a look at how you can import video into a live set and export a video that includes your music. So, I'm in the arrangement view in Live because we can only use video in arrangement view. So to import video into a live set all we need to do is drag or drop that from a finder or an explorer window. So, let me go out to my Finder Window and I'm going to go into the Exercise folder and there's a videos file folder in there and I've got two clips for us to use. Let me grab that first one here, and I'll drag and drop that on the timeline there and the second one, drop that one there.

Working with video files

In this day and age, it's increasingly important to composers of musical genres be able to provide music for video and film. Let's take a look at how you can import video into a live set and export a video that includes your music. So, I'm in the arrangement view in Live because we can only use video in arrangement view. So to import video into a live set all we need to do is drag or drop that from a finder or an explorer window. So, let me go out to my Finder Window and I'm going to go into the Exercise folder and there's a videos file folder in there and I've got two clips for us to use. Let me grab that first one here, and I'll drag and drop that on the timeline there and the second one, drop that one there.

Now back in Live we can see that there is a video window and you can move that around. If you want to open and close that, you can go up to the View menu and disable the video window or if you want to use a key command that would be Option Cmd+V on a Mac and Alt Control+V on a PC. Open and close that. You'll notice that the clips are actually on an audio track. And I can tell these are video clips because they have these little sprocket edges on them. And then below that I can see the audio wave forms. So one clip doesn't have any audio, and the second one does. Now when we do the balance later on, if we don't want the audio on that second clip to be included.

We can just come over here and disable the track activator button and now we won't get any audio there. I'm going to put that chooser back on none so I don't have to look at that automation line. So we have the rudimentary ability to edit these video clips by moving them around on the timeline or by trimming their edges. Now you'll notice that I have both these clips on the same track, you can actually have multiple video clips in a Live set and they can be on different tracks. But only one can play at a time. So I'll typically put multiple clips on the same track. Now, let me grab this first one, and I'll move that over to the beginning of the set.

And you'll notice that it's snapping to grid as I work. And if you don't want that, you can disable the grid by going Cmd+4 on a Mac or Ctrrl+4 on a PC. And now I can click this second one, and I can move that freely. And you'll notice that I can actually drag that on top of the first clip to overlap them. And the one that's on top will actually play. And again if I move my cursor to the clip edge, I can trim that shorter. But in this case not longer because there isn't any video past the end of that clip endpoint. Now let me, drop down here an I'm going to, trim the, length of my, demo song that we've got here. An I'll make that just a little bit longer than the end of that video. An I'm going to zoom in there, an I'm going to go over to the automation chooser and I'm going to choose fades.

So I can change the length of this fade as we get to the end of the video clip. So, if there's any hits that we need to line up the music to in the video you may want to be able see time code in the live set. So I'm going to drop down here to the time ruler and I'm going to right-click on that. And you'll notice we have the typical options here for U.S film, European frame rates and then doctor my video and color video. And I should probably set that to whatever the frame rate of this video is. So let me go back to the finder and I'm going to double-click one of these to open it up in QuickTime. So that I can open the inspector, which will show me what the frame rate is. And it looks like that is 29.979 drop frame.

So I can close that and let's go back here and I'll right-click again on the time ruler and I'll choose 29.979 drop. Okay, so, before we bounce this, let's check at this out real quick and see if we like it. So set this back to the beginning and hit play. (music playing) I'd like just a little bit more of a fade out on the music.

So let me check that real quick. (music playing) There, that's better. Okay, so now I'm ready to export this. So, I'm going to set the export length by using my loop brace so, I'll click and drag that out. And then select it. And now I'll go up to the File menu and choose Export Audio and Video, and once this is all said and done. I'm actually going to end up with both a video file with audio, and a separate audio file. So, I'll set my audio bounce rate in this area, so I'm going to come from the master. I don't need to normalize this or render it as a loop.

Let's see, I'll bounce this as an A I F F file at 44116. I'm not changing the bit rate so I don't need to use dither. And I've already got the create video button enabled. From there I can come down and I can choose the type of video encoder that I'm using. So I'm at QuickTime. If you're exporting something for an iPhone, you might want to choose a different Encoder. But I'll stay at QuickTime and then if you need to edit the encoder settings, you can click the edit button here and we can see what we've got here. So, I'm doing this as forty four one. So let me click that, click OK, click OK.

And now I can click OK here in the Export dialog. I'll give this the name test bounce, and I'm going to save this on the desktop, so let's go ahead and click Save. All right, we're done. Let's check the resulting video. I'm going to go back out to my Finder and let's go on the desktop and we can see both the test bounce audio file and the test bounce movie. I'm going to double-click that and open that up in QuickTime, and let's give that a quick play just to check it out.

(music playing) Okay, looks like that all worked. So importing and exporting video from Ableton is a simple process. Now you're ready to add video to your future live projects.

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Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

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Rick Schmunk
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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
    3. What you need to know
      47s
  2. 7m 44s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 8s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      4m 0s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      2m 44s
    3. Optimizing performance
      4m 24s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Nonlinear sequencing with Session view
      3m 42s
    2. Understanding the Session view window
      5m 8s
    3. Exploring the Live browser
      5m 49s
    4. Loading and playing clips
      4m 35s
    5. Moving and copying clips
      2m 55s
    6. Working with clip properties
      8m 17s
    7. Working with scenes
      8m 29s
  5. 24m 15s
    1. Using the browser
      4m 56s
    2. Searching for and auditioning clips and devices
      4m 19s
    3. Working with Live sets and projects
      4m 16s
    4. Managing files in Live
      3m 12s
    5. Exporting clips and devices
      7m 32s
  6. 33m 0s
    1. What is a software instrument?
      6m 29s
    2. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 0s
    3. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 47s
    4. Using a computer keyboard to enter MIDI
      5m 26s
    5. Utilizing the pencil to enter MIDI notes
      5m 45s
    6. Taking advantage of third-party and multi-output MIDI devices
      5m 33s
  7. 33m 22s
    1. Navigating and zooming in the MIDI Editor
      5m 29s
    2. Configuring the MIDI Editor grid
      5m 2s
    3. Selecting and quantizing MIDI
      5m 3s
    4. Quantizing with grooves
      7m 23s
    5. Editing pitch and note duration
      6m 1s
    6. Editing MIDI velocities
      4m 24s
  8. 10m 10s
    1. Preparing to record audio
      5m 43s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 27s
  9. 34m 22s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      4m 10s
    2. Zooming in and out and playing in Arrangement view
      4m 46s
    3. Recording in Arrangement view
      4m 4s
    4. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 22s
    5. Adding and using locators
      3m 32s
    6. Copying, duplicating, and editing clips in Arrangement view
      5m 53s
    7. Reworking clips
      6m 35s
  10. 25m 35s
    1. Understanding the mixer
      7m 36s
    2. Using sends and returns
      6m 52s
    3. Building headphone cues
      4m 58s
    4. Grouping tracks
      6m 9s
  11. 41m 7s
    1. Working with effect devices
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 30s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      6m 26s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      7m 20s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 5s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      5m 47s
  12. 11m 15s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      6m 3s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      5m 12s
  13. 11m 44s
    1. Mapping keys with Keymap mode
      4m 12s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      3m 16s
    3. Using the instant mapping feature
      4m 16s
  14. 31m 51s
    1. Recording real-time automation
      6m 24s
    2. Drawing automation manually
      7m 48s
    3. Automating clips in Session view
      8m 36s
    4. Editing existing automation information
      4m 57s
    5. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 6s
  15. 20m 59s
    1. Understanding the basics of warping
      8m 43s
    2. Creating clips that loop smoothly
      6m 37s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 39s
  16. 10m 12s
    1. Exporting audio from Live
      6m 29s
    2. Freezing tracks
      3m 43s
  17. 42m 22s
    1. Exploring Impulse
      5m 5s
    2. Using Impulse as a multi-output instrument
      9m 15s
    3. Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters
      6m 23s
    4. Exploring Simpler
      7m 50s
    5. Smoothing sample start and end points in Simpler
      6m 32s
    6. Tweaking the parameters of Simpler
      7m 17s
  18. 36m 55s
    1. Unlocking the power of FX racks
      10m 48s
    2. Utilizing instrument racks
      10m 13s
    3. Creating drum racks
      9m 50s
    4. Working with rack macros
      6m 4s
  19. 10m 22s
    1. Introducing Max for Live
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live
      5m 30s
  20. 5m 54s
    1. Working with video files
      5m 54s
  21. 24s
    1. Next steps
      24s

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