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Setting up for a sync video project

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Film and video composers love Logic. It makes total sense why they would. Logic supports the import of any video that Apple QuickTime will play, plus some powerful workflow features that make scoring to video a dream. In this video, we'll explore how to import video into Logic and get everything set up to create the perfect soundtrack. First, let's get our Logic window views optimized for working with video. Since we're working with time-based material, you might find it useful to change our Bar menu to reference Time along with Bars. So click up in the far right of your Bar Ruler and change this from Bar to Bar and Time.

Setting up for a sync video project

Film and video composers love Logic. It makes total sense why they would. Logic supports the import of any video that Apple QuickTime will play, plus some powerful workflow features that make scoring to video a dream. In this video, we'll explore how to import video into Logic and get everything set up to create the perfect soundtrack. First, let's get our Logic window views optimized for working with video. Since we're working with time-based material, you might find it useful to change our Bar menu to reference Time along with Bars. So click up in the far right of your Bar Ruler and change this from Bar to Bar and Time.

Now we see some Time references in our Bar Ruler. Next, we'll definitely want to reference SMPTE time code when we work with video. SMPTE is the standard way to measure time for video formats. That way we can get frame accurate info about the Timeline. To do this, right-click on the display area, right in the middle here where all the numbers are, and we'll going to choose Open Giant SMPTE Display. It's not that giant, but it's a nice big pop-up window that shows us our time in SMPTE values. We have hours, minutes, seconds, frames and sub-frames.

We can leave this up as we work. Before we import a video into Logic, let's first open the video in QuickTime to get some information about it. So I'm going to Command+Tab over to our Finder. Here's the movie we are going to look at. I'll double-click on it and it'll open automatically in QuickTime Player. Let's watch it for a second. (Video playing.) It's a snowboarding video that we're going to score. To get information on a movie in QuickTime Player, we can hit Command+I and we get a pop-up window showing us some information about the movie.

The thing we are concerned about most is the FPS, Frames Per Second. QuickTime tells us the Frame Per Second for this movie is 23.98. It also tells us the Current Size is 640x360. That's good to know. I'll Quit QuickTime, now I'll go back to Logic. To bring in the video to Logic, we need to configure the Global Tracks to include the Video Lane. Go to View > Configure Global Tracks. Let's uncheck Signature and Tempo, and let's check Video. We'll leave Marker checked, so we have Marker and Video checked.

Let's open the Video triangle and you can see there is a button here called Open Movie. If we click on that, we'll navigate to our snowboard video. It's in Exercise Files/Chapter 08/Movie Files. There it is. Let's click Open. When a movie comes into Logic, we'll get a pop-up window and on the Video Lane, we'll get some framed thumbnails for that movie. This pop-up window is useful and when you're working on smaller screen or a laptop, it can get in the way from time to time. You can always resize this window by right-clicking anywhere on the window.

You can make it half the size or if you want and you have two video monitors, you can make it full screen. Let's go back to half Size for now. Notice, also, how you can scroll the movie from the bottom of the pop-up window and the playhead follows along. Notice there is also a small Movie triangle in your Inspector pane. If you open this, the pop- up window will go there. If you double-click on it, the movie pops back out to the pop-up window. So you can look at it larger here and then when you want to work, you can move it back here to make it smaller to get it out of the way.

Next let's go to our Project Settings, under Video. Here, you can set your video to go out to an External Video Monitor. Most composers use a piece of hardware made by Canopus. It's a small box that transcodes FireWire to composite video. That way you can send your video out of Logic to a regular NTSC TV monitor or projector. You would go into Video Output, under FireWire, and Logic would spit your video out the FireWire port to the Canopus box and then you can take it from there to the TV monitor. When you send video out to an external monitor, you have to compensate for sync.

QuickTime video through the Canopus box requires 22 Quarter Frames of sync offset. You can manage this in the Global Preferences. Logic makes it easy to go back and forth between your Project Video Preferences and your Global Video Preferences. Down at the bottom, we have a button that takes us to our Global Preferences. Here, to compensate for External sync, if we were going out the Canopus box, we would want to 22 Quarter Frames in the External Video to Project. One more Preference we need to look at in the Project Preferences is the Synchronization tab.

Here is where we can adjust our Frame Rate. Remember, the QuickTime Info window told us this movie was 23.98. That's 23.976 rounded. Let's choose that and now our Project will be referencing the right frames per second. Now we know how to set up our project to work with video. We're ready to start composing to picture.

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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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