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Adding and adjusting audio effects

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Video: Adding and adjusting audio effects

We have just explored how to apply effects to change the way something looks. I'd now like to explore how to apply effects to change the way something sounds. So I am going to go into 9.5, and let's go ahead and open up the Effect browser, and we have AUDIO effects right here at the bottom underneath our VIDEO Effects. And as you can see, there are quite a few, again the categories are along the left and the effects within the categories are along the right. So you can get a sense of some of the effects that are contained within this browser, I will go back to All for a second.

Adding and adjusting audio effects

We have just explored how to apply effects to change the way something looks. I'd now like to explore how to apply effects to change the way something sounds. So I am going to go into 9.5, and let's go ahead and open up the Effect browser, and we have AUDIO effects right here at the bottom underneath our VIDEO Effects. And as you can see, there are quite a few, again the categories are along the left and the effects within the categories are along the right. So you can get a sense of some of the effects that are contained within this browser, I will go back to All for a second.

And as far as applying and adjusting AUDIO effects, they behave exactly like VIDEO effects. You can either drag and drop from the browser onto individual clips or you can just click on the clip and then double-click on the effect that you want to apply. So I am going to go into Distortion and just to demonstrate something that has a rather large change, I am going to go ahead and choose Telephone. So if I want to preview in with the clip selected I just go ahead and click right on here and play. (video playing) And if I want to apply it I'll just double-click, and it's applied we can play.

(video playing) And of course if I'd like to solo this and not have the music playing underneath, I can just click on it and then come up to Solo or Opt+S. And just like Video Effects we can apply multiple Audio Effects to the same clip. So again just to show you something that has rather a large change let's go ahead into Spaces and apply Cathedral. So with the phone effect I'm going to go ahead and just play this and see how a phone in a cathedral sounds.

(video playing) So yes, this sounds very strange and even thought it's very unrealistic let's go ahead and apply it, because I want to show you one other thing. If I click in its clip and then play loop, and you want to make sure that under Playback you have Loop Playback turned on. But remember Play Around is Shift+Question Mark, so I am just going to press Shift+Question Mark and then adjust and parameters as I do this. So I am just going to open up the Inspector, Cmd+4, and as you can see, I have my Telephone and my Cathedral applied.

So I'm going to press Shift+Question Mark and then adjust some parameters and they'll adjust live. (video playing) So, as you can see, there are some fun parameters to adjust here and on some of the parameters you could even dive deeper and really adjust the EQ of each one of these. So we won't do this right now, but just be aware that Final Cut has some pretty powerful manipulation tools.

Since this is very unrealistic, I am just going to delete these. So, I'll just click on it and press Delete, like so. And let's use something a little bit more realistic. I am going to come over to Justin, and let's solo him Opt+S. And as you can see, we have an EQ category. Now we have talked previously about applying basic EQ effects via the Inspector, as you may remember. But you can see that we have several templates right here within the audio effects as well. So let's go ahead and apply a Voice or Music enhance effect, and let's see what it sounds like before we apply it, so again I have the clip selected, I am clicked on my effect, and I'll play.

(video playing) So by default it's bringing up the voice, let's go ahead and apply it, I will double-click, and let's go ahead and edit this further. As I play loop I can come up and adjust some basic parameters like the Amount, or I can really dig deep and adjust the frequency curve. So we will go ahead and play loop Shift+Question Mark. (video playing) So I can continue tweaking until I get it exactly right, but I think taking this down a little bit did help. It's not quite so tinny, and we can continue adjusting frequency curve accordingly until he's sounding really good.

So as you can see, applying and manipulating your audio with audio effects is both simple and effective and can add yet another layer to the soundscape of your project.

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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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