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In Logic Pro 9 Essential Training, Scott Hirsch explains how to harness the power and flexibility of Logic Pro, Apple’s popular songwriting software, to record, edit, and mix music. The course includes instruction on how to compose in Logic Pro, and spend more time being creative and less time dealing with technical uncertainties. Scott focuses on setting up a workspace, recording with both live performers and digital instruments, editing and arranging, and mixing and mastering a composition. Exercise files accompany the course.
Logic makes life easy when you score music to picture. After you import the movie file, there are some cool scoring features to know about. Let's check them out. If the movie you are working on has a temp audio track, it's up to you if you want to reference it while you work. You can play it from the pop-up movie. There is a volume control down the lower left of this window. You can move this up and down to bring the original volume from the movie sound track up and down as you work. Let's see what this sounds like. I am going to hit Play and we will hear the composition I have been working on. (Music playing.) You can also separate the sound from the QuickTime movie and import it right into your Logic Timeline as a region.
Let's close this window. If I right-click in the Video Lane, I can say Import Audio from Movie. This brings the original audio from the movie right into Logic as a normal track. Now I can go over to its channel strip and I can move the volume up and down that way, or I can mute it when I don't want to hear it. Composers often like to write around important cuts in the picture. Finding these important edit points is called spotting the picture. Logic 9 has quick features that automatically detect important cuts. While it's not perfect, it can take some of the time out of the spotting process.
Click Detect Cuts in the Video Lane. Logic analyzes the movie and searches for the scene cuts. Now you see scene cuts displayed as scene markers in our Marker Lane. To see more information about them, we can open the Lists pane. Here we have all of our scene markers listed out. We can see their positions right now in bars and beats. We can also go up to the View menu and change Event Position and Length to SMPTE Units. It might be useful when you are working to go back and forth between bars and SMPTE units for these important cut points in the video.
You can also make notes about these scene markers. For example, if I wanted to make a note about Scene - 3, I can double-click it, and I will hit Return a couple of times to go past the original name. Now I can write notes. Now anytime I click on Scene - 3, I get to see those notes. It might also be useful to color code scene markers. If I wanted to Color Code Scene - 8, I select it in the Marker Timeline, then choose the Color Palette. I can make it any color I want. Now Scene - 8 was colored blue, just for reference.
When you want to move regions to a specific location in the video track, a feature called Pickup Clock is useful. I am going to zoom out a little bit in our Timeline. Watching the video in the window over here, I want to move something right to this shot here, when the guy is flying through the air. So let me find the in-point for that. There it is, at about 01:00:19:23 frames. I will leave my playhead to that location. What I want to do is move this sound effect to that location.
So select this region and the key command for doing this is the key command for Pickup Clock. It's just the Semicolon on your keyboard. So as long as I have my playhead here, I have my region selected, I can hit Semicolon and that region moves right to that location. Let's hear what that sounds like. (Music playing.) Perfect! Once you are done composing to the movie, you can export your composition back to the original QuickTime movie.
To do that, right-click on the Movie Timeline and choose Export Audio to Movie. Here we will choose our audio format. Since the original movie is in MPEG 4, it will make sense to choose MPEG 4 High Efficiency AAC. When we hit Ok, it will ask where we want to save it, and it automatically put in _1 to give it a different name than the original movie. You can change this to mymix or something like that. We'll click Save and then Logic asks us what audio tracks of movie you want to keep in the new movie? It's asking us if we want to blend our sound track with the original sound in the movie.
If we do, we will keep this selected and hit OK. If not, you can select off of it and hit OK. Logic goes through and bounces the movie. Composing music to video or film in Logic 9 is powerful, fast, and fun. Now you can write killer scores to any movie, from YouTube, all the way up to the big screen.
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