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Syncing audio from multiple sources

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Video: Syncing audio from multiple sources

Sometimes you may be working with footage that doesn't contain the best audio. Perhaps, an interview was recorded with an onboard camera mic, but perhaps good quality audio was recorded separately. This is a very common workflow. Fortunately, in Final Cut Pro X, you can quite easily marry a video clip containing poor audio with an audio clip of higher quality. Let's take a look at how. So, in my Farm to Table event, I have a keyword collection called Audio Sync, and I have a clip of BD here. And if I play it, you can tell that it doesn't have the best audio.

Syncing audio from multiple sources

Sometimes you may be working with footage that doesn't contain the best audio. Perhaps, an interview was recorded with an onboard camera mic, but perhaps good quality audio was recorded separately. This is a very common workflow. Fortunately, in Final Cut Pro X, you can quite easily marry a video clip containing poor audio with an audio clip of higher quality. Let's take a look at how. So, in my Farm to Table event, I have a keyword collection called Audio Sync, and I have a clip of BD here. And if I play it, you can tell that it doesn't have the best audio.

(BD Dautch: And that's why the farm that I have is kind of designed like a garden, it's--) I do have much cleaner audio here which I'll play for you as well. (BD Dautch: The farm that I have is kind of designed like a garden. It's very diverse--) Now, what I am about to show you only works if you actually recorded audio of some sort on the clip with the poor audio. The reason is that the built-in synching feature actually matches the shape of the waveform between the clip with the poor audio and the clip with the good audio.

So, all I need to do is select both of these and then right-click and choose Synchronize Clips, or Option+Command+G. Now, it looks like nothing happened, but that's because I am in my Audio Sync keyword collection. If I pop back out to the main event, you can see that this is my clip that has now been created. You can just drag that into the Audio Sync keyword collection if you like. This clip contains both the bad audio and the good audio.

Click on the clip and then open the Inspector, Command+4. And I'm on the Audio tab, let's go down to Channel Configuration, and you can see that I have two configurations here, Storyline and Connected. I'm going to play each one of these. Let's go ahead and select just Storyline and play. (BD Dautch: And that's why the farm that I have is kind of designed--) All right, so that's the bad audio. And then I will select this one here and play again. (BD Dautch: And that's why the farm that I have is kind of designed like a garden--) So, if you want, you can just uncheck the one that you don't want, edit it in and then leave it attached to the clip.

If, however, you actually want to delete the bad audio once you edit it into the timeline, you can. I have an empty sequence here, 6.6, and let's go ahead and just edit this whole thing into the timeline, I'll just press W, okay? And right now this contains both the bad and the good. But let's go ahead and delete the bad. So what I'm going to do is click on the clip and then go up to Clip and Break Apart Clip Items. This is the video, this is the bad audio, and this is the good audio.

I need to detach the bad audio from the video. So I'm just going to click on it, right-click, and Detach Audio. And so now, this is the bad audio, I can go ahead and just delete it. Now, we can go ahead and play it. (BD Dautch: And that's why the farm that I have is kind of designed like a garden--) Everything is sounding good. So, as you can see, synching audio is a relatively quick process, especially because this functionality is built into the software, so there is no need to go to a third party to do the job.

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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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