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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Male 1: Now Rich, when Final Cut Pro X came onto the scene, I've gotta be honest with you. I was using third-party tools for sync-sound work flow. And one of the nice features of Final Cut Pro X I was instantly drawn to, is sort of how easy it was or is, it was to sync you know audio from a digital audio recorder, up with your video and reference audio that you've shot out in the field. Male 2: Yeah, this process is actually driven by built in technology. So if you're using Final Cut X, you don't have to pick up a third party tool like PluralEyes. We will look at PluralEyes a little later.
I personally think it's a bit faster. But Final Cut X has it built in which might actually be a good value for a lot of you. So let's take a look at how this works. What you're going to do is go to one of your advanced, and you're going to want to put the audio in the video in the same event. Male 1: Yep. Male 2: Now, notice that you could sort things out by the type that they are. You know, and you could actually sift. You can go ahead and make sure you're seeing everything. Remember, pretty simple stuff. Right. I typically will then just select the clips. Now, here we only have two clips.
Male 1: Right. So, I have a video clip that has reference audio on it. And actually, unselect them for one second, Rich, and just select that one. And let's take a listen to it real quick. Male 2: Yeah, if we take a look at the beginning here, you'll actually see that there is a slate. Male 1: Yep. Male 3: And, clear. Male 2: And there was a two pop beep there. Male 1: Right. And so you know, clearly the audio sounds very airy. It's kind of hard to you know, hard to hear what's going on. And later on, I imagine when these people start talking it will sound, well not so good. But what we did in the field is we recorded some higher quality digital audio with a Digital Audio Recorder. And that's that file right above it.
Male 2: Okay, so we want to go ahead and synchronize those two. In this case, we only have two clips, so it's easy, but I could select multiple clips and Final Cut would figure it out, right? Male 1: Yeah, it's pretty, it's pretty smart in that regard, but you're right about the process. Simply select your video with the reference audio, select your high quality audio from your digital audio recorder, and then it's as simple as a right click, and guess what? Synchronized clips. Also, if you're keyboard savvy, you could use that keyboard shortcut. Option+Cmd+G. Male 2: Think of that as group. Now, it's going to analyze those and make a new clip, and you might be thinking, oh, that's perfect, it's ready to go.
It's actually not. Male 1: Yeah. So, bring that down onto the timeline, Rich, let's take a look. Male 2: Now, in this case, there's some black ahead of time, because the audio recorder started rolling before the video recorder. So that's pretty normal, so don't panic if you see that, you can always trim. But right now, you're hearing both audio sources. Male 1: Yeah. And so this is just the default behaviour of Final Cut Pro X. But it's a pretty easy fix. So what you want to do is select a clip and open up your inspector. And click over onto the audio tab and scroll down to the bottom there. And you'll have a channel configuration. Right? So if you click into there, you'll see all of your different audio.
Scroll down a little bit more. And you'll see that you have two different audio clips attached. Now the first one, there called sync video is my original camera audio, right? My reference audio if you will. And I don't want to listen to my reference audio and my high quality audio at the same time. So all I'm going to do is simply turn that off and so now I'm listening, when I play back this clip, I'm listening to just the high quality audio that I recorded on the digital audio recorder. Male 3: Yeah, we're about to rip out your linkage and replace that rear main and scrub your plugs, power wash your transmission and that'll be about 37.
Female 1: No thanks. Male 3: 99, well that's just the estimate. Male 2: Okay Rob, you see there. Sounds good. Male 1: Yep. Male 2: It's synced up. Pretty straight forward, so, just remember after you've done the merge, that either you do it up here on this clip, in fact I would do it before I took in the time line. Male 1: Mm-hm. Male 2: And just make sure you turn that channel configuration off, because you don't need it. It's going to cuase you problems, otherwise, you want just the one. And remember, you also can go through and actually take advantage of fixing some of those audio enhancements. So if there is a need for analysis you can run that.
You can take advantage of loudness or removing some of the background noise. Male 1: Yep. Male 2: And it's going to go ahead and clean that up cause there was background noise. So take advantage of some of those more advanced features. And I think you'll be happy because note there, problem resolved. We like problem resolved. Male 1: Well, right. And, you know, I've got to tell you, Rich, that this is one of those things in Final Cut Pro X, even though Final Cut Pro X has, you know, been you know, a new application to a lot of people and it's been a little controversial. I gotta tell you the synchronization feature as well as the audio clean up tools in Final Pro Cut X are just absolutely stellar.
Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: So if you're, if you're working with Final Pro Cut X, pretty simple workflow. Just a couple clicks, just you know, one or two little gotchas there but some real power in being able to quickly synchronize things and clean up your audio. Male 2: Yeah, just remember, go in and turn off the original audio track and take the time to clean up the audio track and you'll have great sync sound.
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