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Changing pitch in a temporary narration track to identify different characters

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Now that you have written text for a narrator, or have a he-said she-said dialog underway; you could start to get a feel for how your script might be working. It's just a shame that the actors couldn't come and deliver the lines themselves. Oh well maybe next time, or maybe you can apply a Final Cut Pro audio effect to change the pitch of your own recording and make it seem more like a true he-said she-said dialog, or a narrator speaking. In the Project Library let's open the He Said-She Said project.

Changing pitch in a temporary narration track to identify different characters

Now that you have written text for a narrator, or have a he-said she-said dialog underway; you could start to get a feel for how your script might be working. It's just a shame that the actors couldn't come and deliver the lines themselves. Oh well maybe next time, or maybe you can apply a Final Cut Pro audio effect to change the pitch of your own recording and make it seem more like a true he-said she-said dialog, or a narrator speaking. In the Project Library let's open the He Said-She Said project.

This is the familiar project that you have been creating with the text on either side. The text is already recorded, so let's listen. (Audio Playing) Where's the money? Don't worry. It's safe. Now wait just a minute. No you wait. I'm running this show. So that's the script that we are going to be working with. And in this particular script there are two male sounding voices, or that's the idea anyway, the intent; this first one and the third one.

And then the female speaks in the second and the fourth. In order to apply these it would be great to just simply use a Blade tool to split these clips so that we have four distinct clips that we can work with. I am going to go ahead and get the default Selection tool back. So what we want to do is look at the audio effects in Final Cut Pro and see if there's something that could help us change the sound of this recording to make it more believable, instead of obviously hearing my voice in both characters.

So if you click the Effects Media browser, and scroll down to audio, you have some different options and categories. Click on the Voice category, and now let's scroll to the top where we see the Final Cut effects. Now the way we preview audio effects in Final Cut Pro is to select the clip in the timeline, and then move our pointer over the particular effect we want to hear, and then press the spacebar. (Audio Playing) Alien Voice: Where's the money? Alien Voice: Where's the money? Diana Weynand: And then press the spacebar to stop.

Let's listen to the cartoon characters. (Audio Playing) Cartoon Voice: Where's the money? Cartoon Voice: Where's the money? Diana Weynand: So as you can see, you could have quite a bit of fun playing with this, how about the Helium. (Audio Playing) High Pitch Voice: Where's the money? Okay, so you get the idea. There are a lot of things you can do, but the one that actually will change the pitch is the Pitch effect, and to apply it to that clip we can drag it or simply double-click it. Now, with the clip selected we can go into the Inspector and look at the Audio tab, and here we see that that effect in fact has been applied.

Well, let's go ahead and listen one more time to this clip and you probably won't hear anything different because notice that the amount of pitch change is still at zero. (Audio Playing) Where's the money? If we drag that amount down a little bit, let's see what it will sound like, how that will affect it. (Audio Playing) Lower Pitch Voice: Where's the money? Well, it's continuing to lower the voice, let's go down even a little further, a little closer to -80. (Audio Playing) Lower Pitch Voice: Where's the money? Now we are starting to sound like this could be a believable male's voice.

(Audio Playing) Male Voice: Where's the money? Diana Weynand: Okay. Now if you like that, if that's an effect or a range or pitch that you like, you can copy this clip, and then we can go down to the third clip, which is the other male voice. (Audio Playing) Now wait just a minute. And we can select it, and go to the Edit menu, and choose Paste Effects, and the shortcut for that is Option+Command+V. What that has done is pasted the Pitch effect that we applied to the first clip, to this third clip. (Audio Playing) Male Voice: Now wait just a minute.

Diana Weynand: Now we do the same thing for the woman's voice. (Audio Playing) Don't worry. It's safe. So select it in the timeline, and then double-click Pitch in the Effects browser. This time we want to raise the pitch. (Audio Playing) High Pitch Voice: Don't worry. It's safe. Diana Weynand: Raising it to high or too low may sound unrealistic, so you have to play with it a little bit to find the best adjustment. (Audio Playing) High Pitch Voice: Don't worry. It's safe. Diana Weynand: That might seem still a little bit on the chipmunk side. (Audio Playing) High Pitch Voice: Don't worry. It's safe.

Diana Weynand: But you get the idea, we'll drag it down just a little bit more so we just bump it up a little bit. (Audio Playing) Female Voice: Don't worry. It's safe. Diana Weynand: And just as we did before, we can copy that clip and paste just the effects portion of it to the last clip in order to share it with the other female voice. Now when we listen to this we have at least a variation on the text which might help make it a little bit believable. Let's take a look. (Audio Playing) Male Voice: Where's the money? Female Voice: Don't worry. It's safe.

Male Voice: Now wait just a minute. Female Voice: No you wait. I'm running this show. Diana Weynand: And you can always trim and adjust and pull things a little tighter to make it a little bit easier to follow so that it doesn't stall in between. It might not add anything to your audio storyboard to change the voice or pitch of the narration, or the character's line, but on the other hand it might be a great way to sell the text or the script.

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Effective Storytelling with Final Cut Pro X

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  1. 5m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Using the exercise files
      4m 34s
  2. 16m 21s
    1. Exploring different types of storytellers
      7m 9s
    2. Identifying story elements
      5m 9s
    3. Finding the essence of the story
      4m 3s
  3. 15m 6s
    1. Organizing footage into folders
      5m 29s
    2. Creating a disk image as a contained workspace
      4m 51s
    3. Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
      4m 46s
  4. 22m 52s
    1. Adding keywords to make clips accessible
      3m 33s
    2. Using favorite tags to call clips into action
      7m 16s
    3. Making notes to capture observations
      4m 1s
    4. Performing a complex search
      2m 28s
    5. Prepping clips for editing
      5m 34s
  5. 28m 47s
    1. Finding the meat of the clips
      5m 11s
    2. Don't be puzzled over your first edit
      4m 27s
    3. Creating project versions and developing story diversity
      5m 16s
    4. Putting story threads in order
      7m 25s
    5. Sculpting the story within the timeline
      6m 28s
  6. 46m 5s
    1. Trimming distractions from a story
      6m 48s
    2. Compounding thoughts into one primary story project
      9m 52s
    3. Evaluating the project for story content and pacing
      7m 1s
    4. Fine-tuning the edits in a project
      7m 36s
    5. Refining the primary sound bed
      7m 55s
    6. Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
      6m 53s
  7. 24m 11s
    1. Storyboarding a narrative script using placeholders
      7m 22s
    2. Recording a narration track to explore script ideas
      4m 40s
    3. Changing pitch in a temporary narration track to identify different characters
      5m 27s
    4. Adding sound effects to create depth
      6m 42s
  8. 41m 2s
    1. Embellishing the story with cutaways to B-roll footage
      9m 3s
    2. Finessing cutaways to enhance the story
      5m 3s
    3. Editing and arranging a still-image storyline
      6m 22s
    4. Applying the Ken Burns effect to still images
      6m 33s
    5. Altering your story's "look" using the Color Board
      8m 4s
    6. Applying effects to enhance story elements
      5m 57s
  9. 28m 57s
    1. Retiming to lengthen or shorten music and clips
      6m 48s
    2. Adding freeze frames to end or start sections
      6m 40s
    3. Video finishing touches
      8m 6s
    4. Audio finishing touches
      7m 23s
  10. 1m 7s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 7s

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