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Setting up Pro Tools for video post

From: Audio Post Workflow with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9 and Pro Tools

Video: Setting up Pro Tools for video post

Before we start working with Pro Tools, it's useful to setup the global parameters for the way we will be using the program. Since it's not strictly a video postproduction audio application, there are few settings you need to get straight before working with audio for video on Pro Tools. First, let's open up Pro Tools. We will have to open up a dummy session to get into some of these parameters. So go ahead and open an empty session, let's use the standard video parameter, 16 bit 48 kHz Sample Rate, and we'll use Stereo Mix as the I/O setup.

Setting up Pro Tools for video post

Before we start working with Pro Tools, it's useful to setup the global parameters for the way we will be using the program. Since it's not strictly a video postproduction audio application, there are few settings you need to get straight before working with audio for video on Pro Tools. First, let's open up Pro Tools. We will have to open up a dummy session to get into some of these parameters. So go ahead and open an empty session, let's use the standard video parameter, 16 bit 48 kHz Sample Rate, and we'll use Stereo Mix as the I/O setup.

We'll name this session setup and click Save to open it. Once we're inside Pro Tools we'll see the Edit window, it's where you'll see the timeline and do most of your work in Pro Tools. First of all, let's clear up the timeline rulers we won't be needing when we working with audio for video. There is a lot pertaining to music stuff we won't be dealing with. You can Option-click to remove all of these timeline rulers except for Minutes, Seconds, Timecode, and Markers. You can also optionally go to the pulldown menu to uncheck these rulers.

The highlighted time ruler, currently Minutes and Seconds, is your Master time ruler. Let's change our master time ruler to Timecode. To change it, click in the Main Counter and change it to Timecode. Next, let's make a few tracks. You can use the key command Shift+Command+N to make new tracks. You should probably memorize that, but if you don't want to you can use to Track menu and choose Track > New, let's make four new mono audio tracks. Once we've done that we'll change the editing mode on the top left to Grid. This keep us accurate to the frame, although you can go to Slip mode later to go to find our resolution all the way down to the Sample level which is much finer than you can get in Final Cut Pro, by the way.

Next we will go to the Edit window view selector on the top left of the Edit window, let's show Inserts A-E, since we'll be using some real time plug-in inserts later on. Also, let's show I/O so we can see our Volume and Pan Parameters for each track as we work. There is one preference that's off by default that will need to change, go to Pro Tools > Preferences and under the Operations tab change Edit Insertion Follows Scrub/Shuttle. Just click that. This will allow us to easily scrub the playhead through our clips when we edit.

Finally, let's change the way our Solo button works. The Solo button lets you hear one track at a time. By default, Pro Tools allow you to latch more than one track together soloed. But for postproduction audio, it's better to only solo one at a time, so we can compare what's on each track. Let's change this in Options > Solo Mode, and let's choose X-OR (Cancels Pervious Solo). Great, these new settings can stay with our global Pro Tools settings as we open our AAF file in progress in this course.

Go ahead and close the session. You can save it if you want, but it isn't necessary.

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