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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.
Most of the time when you're working with voiceover narration, the voice will be professionally recorded, and you'll be provided with audio files that you can then import into Final Cut, and work with like any other clip. However, sometimes you just need to record some basic scratch audio as a placeholder to work with until you get the professional audio. Let's talk about how to record the scratch audio. So, I'm going to go into 6.5, and I have our Farm to Table opening sequence, and I am waiting for the professional voiceover audio to come in.
Basically, the narration is just going to give a little tease of the program here at the end of the sequence. I'm going to set everything up, and then I'll record the audio so we can plug it into the right spot. So, first of all I'm just going to position the playhead at the location that I want the scratch narration to start. So, I'm here at the end and probably a little bit after that. And because Final Cut's default setting is to loop the playback as soon as we get to the end of the sequence so it starts over at the beginning, I want to turn that off because I want to record the narration past the end of the sequence.
So, I'm going to come up to View > Playback, and turn off Loop Playback for now. Now, I'll open up the Record Audio window. I'll go to Window > Record Audio, and we just need to configure this. So, here at the top, we have the Destination event, so it's going in the Farm to Table event which is good. And we have an Input Device. So, I have a USB microphone connected to my system so that's good. And then we have this Monitor check box which you can check if you would like to hear yourself as you record.
So, as long as you have some headphones, you can go ahead and check that. Next, you want to make sure your levels are okay. And as you can see here, I have my audio meters that show me my levels. And just as before, we want to make sure that my voice is peaking within normal ranges between -12 and -6, so far so good. One other thing I am going to do is just disable the music because this is going to play as I run over this last part of the sequence. So, I want to make sure that it's quiet, so I'm just going to right-click and choose Disable.
I think I'm set, so I'm going to go ahead and press this red button to start, and then I'll press it again to stop. Prepare to follow BD Dautch as we embark on the journey of the Farm to Table movement, a delicious adventure of organic farming. So, if you take a look in the timeline, the audio was recorded right into my sequence, and it was also saved in my Event Library. If I come to Farm to Table, and here it is, Voiceover 4. And if I like, I can create an audio keyword collection to store it in.
But coming down to the audio clip in my timeline, let's go ahead and listen to it, and then we might want to trim it up to make sure that we remove any parts that I don't want. So, let's enable the music again, and we'll probably actually want the music to play over the narration, but we'll probably want to bring it down a little bit. And let's see what we have got. (video playing) (Ashley: Prepare to follow BD Dautch as we embark on the journey of the Farm to Table movement, a delicious adventure of organic farming.) Perfect! Let's go ahead and just ripple trim this so that I get rid of my empty space.
I can move this around. Notice that my connection point here is connected to a gap clip. So, regardless of if there's material in the primary storyline or not, every connected clip must connect to something. So in this case, it's connected to a gap clip. But maybe I want to replace it with an exciting visual, so I can just come up to Farm Scenery-- let me close my Record Audio. Let's go ahead and just do a Replace Edit right here, Replace from Start. Now we have got some visuals to go with our narration.
So, as you can see, this is a pretty streamlined process. Again, you should certainly strive for professional recording conditions for any serious project, but getting some basic scratch track into Final Cut Pro X couldn't be easier.
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