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Scoring music to video

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Video: Scoring music to video

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.

Scoring music to video

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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Logic Pro 9 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 55s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 5s
  2. 17m 39s
    1. Installing the software
      3m 19s
    2. Launching Logic for the first time, using the templates
      5m 15s
    3. Understanding audio interfaces
      3m 35s
    4. Understanding MIDI interfaces
      5m 30s
  3. 32m 15s
    1. Getting to know the Arrange window
      5m 15s
    2. Using the many windows of Logic
      4m 13s
    3. Creating your own screensets
      2m 23s
    4. Using the Transport window and controlling playback
      4m 54s
    5. Using the Toolbox
      2m 37s
    6. Naming tracks and regions
      3m 27s
    7. Learning useful and custom key commands
      5m 18s
    8. Saving and going mobile with your project
      4m 8s
  4. 41m 41s
    1. Setting up for recording
      5m 43s
    2. Understanding Metronome settings or the click track
      4m 7s
    3. Understanding tempo
      4m 37s
    4. Recording live instruments and vocals using multitrack recording
      3m 56s
    5. Playing with guitar madness: Amp design
      5m 13s
    6. Playing with guitar madness: Pedal board
      4m 5s
    7. Working with takes recording and comping
      4m 51s
    8. Punching in to replace bad audio
      4m 51s
    9. Using Varispeed to create an old tape machine sound
      4m 18s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Understanding MIDI
      4m 41s
    2. Using the Logic synth instruments
      7m 4s
    3. Working with the emulator instruments
      5m 23s
    4. Using the EXS24 sampler
      3m 7s
    5. Building tracks with Ultrabeat
      5m 31s
    6. Using channel strips to select a virtual sound
      5m 29s
    7. Understanding the basics of MIDI recording
      4m 38s
    8. Learning how to use MIDI with Cycle Record
      4m 9s
    9. Using Logic's step input
      4m 3s
    10. Mastering quantization
      6m 18s
    11. Working in the Piano Scroll window
      5m 33s
    12. Editing controller messages with Hyper View
      4m 8s
    13. Working with the Hyper Editor
      5m 29s
    14. Working with the Events List
      3m 20s
  6. 29m 49s
    1. Importing prerecorded audio into Logic
      4m 5s
    2. Exploring Apple Loops
      4m 40s
    3. Creating your own Apple Loop
      4m 21s
    4. Conforming tempo, region to session, or session to region
      3m 51s
    5. Using the new Flex Time feature
      5m 17s
    6. Beat mapping your project
      4m 41s
    7. Importing elements from project to project
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 15s
    1. Understanding the basic editing techniques in the Arrange window
      7m 5s
    2. Tips for editing and arranging
      3m 21s
    3. Editing and merging regions in the Arrange window
      3m 45s
    4. Mastering fades for audio region arranging
      4m 58s
    5. Fixing and morphing sound with the Sample Editor
      5m 6s
  8. 11m 12s
    1. Working with notes and composing in the Score Editor
      4m 26s
    2. Editing notes, keys, and time signatures
      3m 35s
    3. Creating scores and lead sheets for musicians
      3m 11s
  9. 9m 8s
    1. Setting up for a sync video project
      4m 50s
    2. Scoring music to video
      4m 18s
  10. 56m 32s
    1. Mixing philosophies and five tools for mixing
      3m 37s
    2. Setting up for a mix
      5m 11s
    3. Directing audio traffic with fader levels
      5m 7s
    4. Exploring Logic's panning features
      4m 37s
    5. Exploring inserts: Using EQ as a mix tool
      6m 51s
    6. Exploring inserts: Using compression as a mix tool
      5m 38s
    7. Using advanced signal flow with aux and send tracks
      3m 12s
    8. Using advanced signal flow with time-based FX to create space in your mix
      3m 44s
    9. Using automation to create dynamic mixes
      6m 22s
    10. Giving your mix life with automation
      2m 45s
    11. Optimizing performance with freeze tracks
      4m 42s
    12. Using channel strips for audio processing
      4m 46s
  11. 16m 7s
    1. Understanding surround hardware requirements
      4m 5s
    2. Building surround mixing workflows
      6m 17s
    3. Using the surround panner
      5m 45s
  12. 15m 48s
    1. Bouncing down your song
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding why alt mixes are a good idea
      2m 22s
    3. Exploring Logic's export options
      3m 37s
    4. Mastering your own Logic project
      4m 18s
  13. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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