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Let music editor and producer Skye Lewin show you a selection of audio editing techniques for cutting music to picture in this course on Pro Tools. He covers the basics of timecode, syncing a QuickTime movie with the Pro Tools timeline, alignment of music to picture, editing music, and editorial techniques that may require editing rights. The course also covers creating alternative edits, conforming edits, and exporting QuickTime movies for presentation.
Once you get a cue finished and the edit has been done and you've mixed it against your production audio and you've gotten everything to the point where you're happy with it and you want to show it, there is a couple of ways that this can happen. One might be by bringing the director into the room. The director may watch it over your shoulder on your speakers. But another way it might be that you're going to send a QuickTime movie via the Internet, or perhaps you're going to send the QuickTime movie on a hard drive or on a DVD. The first step would be to get that QuickTime movie out of Pro Tools. So I am going to show you how to bounce out the QuickTime movie.
The first thing we want to do though is make a selection, so I am going to use our ELI clip selection that we made earlier .2., so we can just quickly see the entire video. And this video already starts in about the clip that we are going to want to use. However, we don't need the slate at the beginning, so what we'll do is we'll go to our Picture Start marker, .3.. and we'll Shift+Tab to the end of our video file or at least our audio region. I am going to Option+F or Alt+F to view that, and this will be what we're going to bounce out.
And typically when you bounce out your QuickTime you want to include a little bit of pre-roll, usually the dialog line before and after your edit, and you want to make sure you're going to mix and all and all of your presentation are in the right place before you send it out. So now that we've gotten this selection made, we're going to go to the File menu and we're going to go to Bounce to > QuickTime Movie. Now if you do a lot of these in a day, it gets kind of tedious to go to the File menu over and over and over, so you may want to consider getting some sort of third-party application that allows you to edit and customize your keyboard shortcuts.
I personally use QuicKeys and I find it very handy because I can assign a QuicKey wherever I need one in any menu that's missing. And once the Bounce menu is open, you want to make sure all of the settings are correct. Typically we want Interleaved audio unless it's already just a Mono track, and for TV and film we typically want to work at 48 kilohertz, and once that's set, click Bounce. And then you want to name the QuickTime. Let's call this ELI_Clip1_Bounce.
You can name this however you want, and then select a location to save it. For now let's save it in our Exercise Files folder. And Pro Tools is going to bounce out a QuickTime movie in real time. And once Pro Tools is done, you're ready to move on to the next step. You may want to deliver an actual uncompressed QuickTime, burning it to a DVD that can play in a DVD Player; you may want to burn a QuickTime to a data DVD that can be read on a computer; or you may want to compress your QuickTime into a smaller file size so you can upload it and send it to someone over the Internet.
That's what we're going to look at next.
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