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Recording audio

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Video: Recording audio

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.

Recording audio

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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Final Cut Pro X Essential Training

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  1. 6m 16s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      5m 16s
  2. 23m 30s
    1. Understanding the world of nonlinear editing
      5m 2s
    2. Understanding how FCP X works: A new take on story creation
      1m 48s
    3. Taking a tour of the FCP X interface
      8m 59s
    4. Accessing additional tools
      6m 23s
    5. Getting to know the projects for this course
      1m 18s
  3. 24m 41s
    1. Creating and organizing events from scratch
      5m 20s
    2. Organizing footage with keywords and ratings
      8m 19s
    3. Performing searches and creating Smart Collections
      4m 59s
    4. Displaying event data
      6m 3s
  4. 42m 11s
    1. Playing and marking clips in preparation for editing
      7m 16s
    2. Understanding different types of editing tools
      6m 20s
    3. Making the first edits: Using Insert and Append edits
      7m 31s
    4. Changing shots: Using Overwrite and Replace edits
      5m 54s
    5. Performing video- and audio-only edits
      3m 45s
    6. Moving clips within the primary storyline: Swapping shots and creating gaps
      3m 28s
    7. Removing material from the primary storyline
      3m 44s
    8. Understanding timeline navigation: Snapping, skimming, zooming, and panning
      4m 13s
  5. 23m 58s
    1. Trimming clips: Using the Ripple tool
      9m 9s
    2. Manipulating transitions: Using the Roll tool
      5m 36s
    3. Changing clip content and position: Performing Slip and Slide edits
      5m 40s
    4. Using the Precision Editor for fine trimming control
      3m 33s
  6. 14m 2s
    1. Connecting clips to the primary storyline
      7m 0s
    2. Understanding the features and limitations of Connected Clips
      3m 40s
    3. Working with secondary storylines
      3m 22s
  7. 31m 23s
    1. Adjusting the audio level and channel configuration via the Inspector
      8m 47s
    2. Keyframing audio in the timeline
      4m 57s
    3. Repairing audio problems automatically
      5m 25s
    4. Adjusting audio EQ
      4m 46s
    5. Recording audio
      4m 4s
    6. Syncing audio from multiple sources
      3m 24s
  8. 25m 6s
    1. Nesting and breaking apart clips
      4m 1s
    2. Performing quick extractions using Top and Tail edits
      6m 16s
    3. Auditioning clips to try multiple editing options
      4m 9s
    4. Working with markers
      4m 57s
    5. Customizing the keyboard and workspace
      5m 43s
  9. 14m 28s
    1. Syncing your multicam group clips
      6m 47s
    2. Performing a multicam edit
      3m 53s
    3. Refining the multicam edit
      3m 48s
  10. 1h 26m
    1. Working with basic motion effects: Transform, Crop, and Distort
      10m 32s
    2. Using motion effects with still photos and graphics
      6m 25s
    3. Adding and adjusting transition effects
      7m 46s
    4. Adding and adjusting video effects
      6m 26s
    5. Adding and adjusting audio effects
      4m 30s
    6. Keyframing video and audio effects over time
      6m 18s
    7. Copying and pasting effect properties
      4m 15s
    8. Creating and adjusting titles
      7m 18s
    9. Working with generator effects
      6m 46s
    10. Adding animated themes
      4m 7s
    11. Creating freeze frames
      3m 51s
    12. Using speed effects to retime clips
      8m 2s
    13. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 19s
    14. Understanding rendering options and preferences
      4m 4s
  11. 36m 15s
    1. Analyzing footage for problems
      3m 49s
    2. Following a proper color correction workflow
      10m 29s
    3. Apply multiple color corrections to clips
      3m 41s
    4. Using color correction templates
      3m 11s
    5. Using automatic color correction tools
      6m 15s
    6. Performing secondary color correction with color masks
      4m 30s
    7. Performing color correction adjustments using shape masks
      4m 20s
  12. 18m 54s
    1. Taking a closer look at the import and analysis options
      5m 56s
    2. Importing from cards and file-based cameras
      4m 14s
    3. Importing iMovie projects and events
      1m 58s
    4. Capturing from tape
      3m 18s
    5. Making a tape archive
      3m 28s
  13. 16m 13s
    1. Managing events between different drives and destinations
      6m 13s
    2. Managing render files
      2m 56s
    3. Collaborating and archiving
      7m 4s
  14. 34m 38s
    1. Sharing projects using presets
      7m 41s
    2. Exporting a hi-res QuickTime movie
      3m 46s
    3. Using Compressor to export with custom settings
      7m 54s
    4. Exporting a still image
      1m 22s
    5. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray with chapter markers
      5m 33s
    6. Exporting stems out of the timeline using roles
      8m 22s
  15. 14m 1s
    1. Solving offline media problems
      10m 29s
    2. Troubleshooting data and settings corruption problems
      3m 32s
  16. 3m 28s
    1. Next steps
      3m 28s

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