Mixing a Short Film with Logic Pro
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Mixing a Short Film with Logic Pro

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Video: Initial setup and views

Since Logic Pro is initially set up more for music production, it isn't configured for audio video work right out of the box. In this video, I'll go over a few settings and ways to manipulate the view, so the look and functionality of Logic Pro will be better suited to mixing a short film. First, let's open up Logic Pro. By default, you get this New Project dialogue window. We'll choose Empty Project for now. Now in Logic, you always have to have at least one audio track, so for now let's make one mono audio track, with the default input and output parameters here. We don't need to see the library yet, so we can uncheck this box. And the window we get brought into, is called the arrange window. This is where we can see our tracks in the traditional timeline format. It's also where we'll be doing the majority of our work in this course. You'll notice on the left you can see a quick view of the main output fader. Basically a volume control of our main stereo output and the fader volume control for our one audio track we just created. You'll always have quick access to your output fader and one selected track here. Another very important window in Logic is called the mix window. Press the buttons Cmd+2 on your keyboard to open up the mix window. Here we see another view of the two tracks, plus one more master fader control.
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1h 24m Intermediate Mar 27, 2013

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In this course, explore a powerful round-trip workflow between Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro that helps sound editors to quickly mix dialogue, sound effects, and music for film. Author Scott Hirsch frames the lessons in a way that appeals to filmmakers of all levels, as well as professional and amateur audio mixers. He starts with exporting your tracks from Final Cut Pro and taking advantage of the film and video templates in Logic Pro, which makes project setup a snap. Then discover how to consolidate and edit dialog, fix noise problems and background hum, and add special effects. Finally, explore how to use automation and EQ to enhance and match your final tracks to the picture.

Topics include:
  • Setting up your project
  • Exporting audio and video
  • Editing dialogue
  • Fixing hum and broadband noise issues with processing
  • Synchronizing sound effects
  • Automating volume
  • Printing the final mix stems
Subjects:
Audio + Music Video
Software:
Final Cut Pro Logic Pro
Author:
Scott Hirsch

Initial setup and views

Since Logic Pro is initially set up more for music production, it isn't configured for audio video work right out of the box. In this video, I'll go over a few settings and ways to manipulate the view, so the look and functionality of Logic Pro will be better suited to mixing a short film. First, let's open up Logic Pro. By default, you get this New Project dialogue window. We'll choose Empty Project for now. Now in Logic, you always have to have at least one audio track, so for now let's make one mono audio track, with the default input and output parameters here. We don't need to see the library yet, so we can uncheck this box. And the window we get brought into, is called the arrange window. This is where we can see our tracks in the traditional timeline format. It's also where we'll be doing the majority of our work in this course. You'll notice on the left you can see a quick view of the main output fader. Basically a volume control of our main stereo output and the fader volume control for our one audio track we just created. You'll always have quick access to your output fader and one selected track here. Another very important window in Logic is called the mix window. Press the buttons Cmd+2 on your keyboard to open up the mix window. Here we see another view of the two tracks, plus one more master fader control.

You can close this window to return to the arrange window, but it's good to know how to get to the mix window easily to see all of you tracks together in a different way. There are certain things you can do on your tracks that are only available in this window. We'll go over those later in this course. Now back in the arrangement lets set up some more views that are video friendly. Up at the top of the timeline, we can see the global tracks. If we open the disclosure triangle, we're seeing markers, signature, and tempo. Most of these views are for music creation. So let's customize global tracks to better suit our video workflow. Go to the Local menu > View > Configure local tracks. Now let's uncheck tempo and signature, and check video. Leave markers, we'll need those, and we'll click Done. Next, we'll configure some global and project settings to match our video workflow.

It's important to know that Logic Pro has two sets of preference panels that you'll use. One set is the main Logic Pro Prefs, which are global settings that remain from project to project. And the other settings panel, called project settings, which are specific to the project you're in. Let's visit both of these. First go to File > Project settings > Audio. This is the project settings that are specific to the project that we're in. And let's change the sample rate to 48 Khz. It's the standard sample rate for video post-production.

Once you're here, you can tab across the top to get to the other tabs within the project settings. Let's go to Synchronization, and we'll choose 23.976 frames per second. This is the frame rate of the video we'll be working on in this course, but you should know you can go here when you need to change the frame rate for any other project. Now, let's close the project settings. Next I want to show you the global preferences, so go to Logic > Preferences. For your reference, this is the global preferences window and it controls the parameters across all of our projects. Now let's go ahead and save this project.

Let's go to File > Save As, and well call it Logic Short Film Template. Let's keep Include assets checked, and let's check Copy external audio file to project folder. These selections here will keep our files well organized within one project folder. Let's locate it to the desktop for now and click save. Now if you notice in the transport down at the bottom of the arrange window. We're still referencing bars and beats. These are musical time references. Let's actually view Simty video timecode instead, since that's what our video will be synced to.

Right-click on the transport numbers, and choose Big Simty display. Also, you can choose the giant Simty display for a pop-up version of our Simty timecode. Next let's make a few tracks. Click on the plus sign next to the global tracks at the top. We'll type 11 to make 11 mono audio tracks. Again, we'll deselect open library. When we're done, we have 12 tracks, and we're well on our way to creating a great audio for video template. Great. These new settings we just changed are specific to this project we made. Eventually, we'll be making our own template. In the next movie, we'll further customize our logic for short film project, and create a template that we can always use for audio, for video work in Logic Pro.

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