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Why should you export to Pro Tools?

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

Video: Why should you export to Pro Tools?

Why don't we want to take our audio out of Final Cut Pro? It has audio capabilities. It's a perfectly valid question. In this movie, I'll outline some key reasons why you'd want go to the trouble of sending your audio tracks to Pro Tools. First and foremost, Final Cut Pro is primarily a video editing program. There are some audio features bundled in there, but the whole architecture of the program favors editing video and working with the visual aspects of your project. Let me ask you a question. Would you use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail? It's all about using the right tool for the job.

Why should you export to Pro Tools?

Why don't we want to take our audio out of Final Cut Pro? It has audio capabilities. It's a perfectly valid question. In this movie, I'll outline some key reasons why you'd want go to the trouble of sending your audio tracks to Pro Tools. First and foremost, Final Cut Pro is primarily a video editing program. There are some audio features bundled in there, but the whole architecture of the program favors editing video and working with the visual aspects of your project. Let me ask you a question. Would you use a screwdriver to hammer in a nail? It's all about using the right tool for the job.

As you can see here in Final Cut Pro, there are some audio tools available to us. As intuitive as they might seem though, these audio settings are pretty rudimentary. They don't give you a lot of control over what's actually happening with your audio files. So I say take control of your audio, use the right tool for the job, which in this case is Pro Tools. It's the professional standard audio software. I'm going to step into Pro Tools, and I want to point out a few reasons why using Pro Tools will benefit your workflow. Here we have a common dialog situation where there's a lavaliere track as well as a camera mic or boom track.

In Pro Tools, we can objectively listen to each of the sources and zoom way into the waveforms to make better informed decisions about whether we want to use one or all of the combination of these source files in our mix. Next, Pro Tools ships with an arsenal of extremely powerful processing tools like the seven-band equalizer. These can help you harness the best aspects of your sounds and fix any problem areas you might have. Plus the ability you have to add on industry-standard plug-ins to Pro Tools is huge. The editing flexibility you get in Pro Tools goes way beyond the frame boundaries you are bound to in Final Cut Pro.

You can also get very fine-tuned control over your fades and crossfades in Pro Tools. Finally, when you look at volumes as you mix your tracks in Pro Tools, you can get a very high resolution and a lot of flexibility with your volume automation, as you can see here. So whether you're a seasoned video editor or just a beginning filmmaker, don't let the sophistication of Pro Tools scare you. We'll go through all you need to know to make it easy to integrate Pro Tools into your postproduction workflow. Trust me, you and your audience will appreciate it.

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