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Completing the export

From: Audio Post Workflow with Final Cut Pro X and Pro Tools

Video: Completing the export

Now that we have our video prepped for export with our 2-Pop, tail pop, and time code burned, in this movie we'll do the actual export and XML translation. Exporting the audio is easy, simply select the project and go to File > Export XML. This process shouldn't take long since an XML is just a text document containing all the parameters of the sequence. Then you'll export a copy of the video, go to Share > Export Media and choose H.264 and Video and Audio.

Completing the export

Now that we have our video prepped for export with our 2-Pop, tail pop, and time code burned, in this movie we'll do the actual export and XML translation. Exporting the audio is easy, simply select the project and go to File > Export XML. This process shouldn't take long since an XML is just a text document containing all the parameters of the sequence. Then you'll export a copy of the video, go to Share > Export Media and choose H.264 and Video and Audio.

While we won't be working with this audio directly, it's the temp mix from the original video edit, and it'll be useful in Pro Tools as a reference and guide track as we work. Choose a place for the file and let it render out a movie, name it Farm VID REF. This will take a little while since it actually has to process the file and render the movie. Next, we need to use a third-party application called X2Pro Audio Convert. X2Pro Audio Convert effectively translates the XML file we just exported and makes it intermediary file called an AAF, standing for Advanced Authoring Format.

AAFs are intermediary files used by programs like Pro Tools to move media and metadata from one project like Final Cut Pro to another like Pro Tools. AAFs keep track of cross fades and volume information and edits, and they do a great job of translating two very different timeline so they can work together. X2Pro Audio Convert is available in the Apple App store for $99. Once we're in X2Pro, we'll choose the XML file we made as the source and set a place for it on the desktop. Remember we chose the Export folder on the Desktop for the location of this XML file, then we'll choose a destination for the AAF file we'll be creating. We can use the same Export folder on the desktop.

We'll choose the Convert any non-PCM file like MP3s, for example, to 16-bit which is the bit rate will be using in Pro Tools. Now click Start to start writing the AAF file. This will take a minute or two to write it. X2Pro will give you some error reports if you have any incompatible information in the timeline This error we get here about re-timing shows that any re-timing doesn't make the translation. That should be okay here. Choose Close to wrap it up.

Now that we've exported, we're ready to bring these files into Pro Tools and get to work on organizing our tracks.

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