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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
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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