Mixing a Short Film with Logic Pro
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Mixing a Short Film with Logic Pro

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Why do we want to take our audio out of the video editing software we're working in, like Final Cut Pro? It has the audio capabilities, right? This is a perfectly valid question. In this movie I'll outline some key reasons why you'd want to go through the trouble of exporting your audio tracks to Logic Pro. 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 is build around editing video and working with the visual aspects of your short film. So, if you're willing to make the jump and follow me through this course, you'll be able to take control of your audio and use an appropriate tool for the job.

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1h 24m Intermediate Mar 27, 2013

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In this course, explore a powerful round-trip workflow between Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro that helps sound editors to quickly mix dialogue, sound effects, and music for film. Author Scott Hirsch frames the lessons in a way that appeals to filmmakers of all levels, as well as professional and amateur audio mixers. He starts with exporting your tracks from Final Cut Pro and taking advantage of the film and video templates in Logic Pro, which makes project setup a snap. Then discover how to consolidate and edit dialog, fix noise problems and background hum, and add special effects. Finally, explore how to use automation and EQ to enhance and match your final tracks to the picture.

Topics include:
  • Setting up your project
  • Exporting audio and video
  • Editing dialogue
  • Fixing hum and broadband noise issues with processing
  • Synchronizing sound effects
  • Automating volume
  • Printing the final mix stems
Subjects:
Audio + Music Video
Software:
Final Cut Pro Logic Pro
Author:
Scott Hirsch

Why use Logic Pro?

Why do we want to take our audio out of the video editing software we're working in, like Final Cut Pro? It has the audio capabilities, right? This is a perfectly valid question. In this movie I'll outline some key reasons why you'd want to go through the trouble of exporting your audio tracks to Logic Pro. 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 is build around editing video and working with the visual aspects of your short film. So, if you're willing to make the jump and follow me through this course, you'll be able to take control of your audio and use an appropriate tool for the job.

Which in this case is Logic Pro. It's a very powerful editing and mixing software that's designed from the ground up to specifically deal with audio. When we're done we'll be able to export our finalized mixed tracks or split out mixed stems back to Final Cut Pro. I'm going to step into Logic Pro and I want to point out a few reasons why using Logic Pro will benefit your work flow. This is a Logic project containing the end result of the course, our mixed short film. Logic gives you the ability to objectively listen to each of your source audio files.

Here we have a common dialogue situation where there is a lavalier track as well as a camera mic or boom track. In Logic we can objectively listen to each of the sources. And zoom way in on the wave forms to make a better informed decision about what we want to use. One or all of these in a combination. We can also adjust the regions in a high resolution level. Down to the sample. 148 thousandth of a second. This can help us work with things like phase issues. Something we'll go over in this course. Now here in the Mix window, I'll show you the Logic ships with an arsenal of extremely powerful real time processing tools, like the Channel Strip settings and also Space Designer. These tools can help you effectively sound design your film and also fix problem areas.

Plus the ability to add on additional industry standard plugin bundles, such as isotopes, RX noise reduction, is huge. Then when you're ready to mix your tracks, you get very high resolution and flexibility with your volume and plugin automation. Essentially every parameter can be automated to enhance your mix. So whether you're a seasoned video editor, a beginning filmmaker, or a budding sound designer, this course is for you. We'll go through all you need to know to make it easy to integrate Logic Pro and to mix your short film project.

Trust me, you and your audience will appreciate it.

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