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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools
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Compressing the QuickTime files


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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

with Skye Lewin

Video: Compressing the QuickTime files

If you do want to send your QuickTime file over the Internet, you're probably going to want to compress the file to make it a smaller file size. So there are several ways we can do this, one of which is from Pro Tools itself. So if you want to bounce out a QuickTime file that's already compressed from Pro Tools you can hold a quick key Ctrl+Option+Command or Ctrl+Alt+Start. While holding it, click on the File menu, select Bounce to > QuickTime Movie, and a little pop-up window appears that allows you to edit the options.
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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 32s
    3. A word about the film and music used in this course
      25s
  2. 25m 4s
    1. Creating a template session for working to picture
      7m 29s
    2. Importing a picture file
      3m 17s
    3. What is time code?
      4m 17s
    4. Syncing picture to Pro Tools
      6m 58s
    5. Importing audio files
      3m 3s
  3. 48m 36s
    1. Using the Zoom and View commands
      9m 54s
    2. Utilizing the edit modes
      7m 59s
    3. Navigating with key commands
      7m 57s
    4. Creating and using sync points
      3m 20s
    5. Using the snap editing commands
      5m 16s
    6. Using memory locations
      8m 12s
    7. Customizing crossfades
      5m 58s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Auditioning music to picture
      10m 21s
    2. Editing to acquire multiple sync points within the same "cue"
      6m 2s
    3. Editing to maintain or change the arc/build of the cue to fit the scene
      15m 11s
    4. Editing the start and end of the cue
      9m 55s
    5. Setting up for a 30-second condensed edit
      4m 5s
    6. First pass of a 30-second condensed edit
      11m 17s
    7. Improving the 30-second condensed edit
      14m 41s
  5. 26m 49s
    1. Exploring alternate edits of the same song
      8m 17s
    2. Editing different songs to the same scene
      18m 32s
  6. 11m 25s
    1. Mixing the edit
      5m 26s
    2. Bouncing down the edit
      2m 47s
    3. Compressing the QuickTime files
      3m 12s
  7. 12m 19s
    1. Conforming the edit to picture if the scene has shifted
      5m 27s
    2. Conforming the edit if a shot's length changes within the scene
      6m 52s
  8. 10m 34s
    1. Removing profanities by reversing audio
      2m 8s
    2. Removing profanities with instrumentals
      2m 36s
    3. Keeping a song in sequence
      1m 19s
    4. Layering audio
      1m 36s
    5. Time stretching
      2m 55s
  9. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools
3h 29m Intermediate Oct 27, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Importing audio and video files
  • Creating and using sync points
  • Using snap editing commands
  • Customizing crossfades
  • Editing to acquire multiple sync points within the same cue
  • Creating a 30-second condensed edit
  • Exploring alternate edits and alternate songs
  • Mixing and bouncing down the edit
  • Compressing QuickTime movies
  • Conforming an edit if the length of a shot changes or if a scene has shifted
Subjects:
Audio + Music Film Scoring Video Audio for Video Post Production
Software:
Pro Tools
Author:
Skye Lewin

Compressing the QuickTime files

If you do want to send your QuickTime file over the Internet, you're probably going to want to compress the file to make it a smaller file size. So there are several ways we can do this, one of which is from Pro Tools itself. So if you want to bounce out a QuickTime file that's already compressed from Pro Tools you can hold a quick key Ctrl+Option+Command or Ctrl+Alt+Start. While holding it, click on the File menu, select Bounce to > QuickTime Movie, and a little pop-up window appears that allows you to edit the options.

So you can experiment with the settings on your own, but typically H.264 is a good small file size, but a decent-looking setting. So we can use that for the video. If you want to make the file size even smaller, you can edit the size and perhaps choose a smaller file size. 320x240 is a small size, and it will allow you have a very small file size, but it's also hard to see because it's such a small QuickTime window. The last thing you can do if you want to make the file even smaller is you can change your Sound Settings. And instead of using uncompressed audio, you can use any of the compressed audio options, perhaps MPEG-4 Audio, and that will shrink the file size even further.

So get these set however you want. I am going to leave them at default for now. Once you get everything set and you're ready to bounce, you can click the Bounce button and Pro Tools will again bounce your QuickTime movie in real time. But this time when it's done, it's going to compress the QuickTime before it saves the file. We're not going to actually bounce the movie right now. We're going to instead look at a couple of other options for compressing. So go ahead and click Cancel, and then I want you to find the file that you bounced out in the previous video. Once you find it, open it up. If you're in QuickTime 7, at least QuickTime Player Pro, you have a bunch of Export options.

So under the File menu, you can choose Export, or you can choose the option with a key command. And again you have a variety of settings to choose to export your video. Typically, I'll use Movie to QuickTime Movie, but you could go directly to MPEG-4 to iPhone or any of their presets. If you do go directly to a QuickTime movie, you have options, and again you can change the Settings just like we were looking at in Pro Tools. Once you're happy with your compression settings, just name the file and save it where you want to save it, and now you've got a compressed QuickTime file that you can send.

If you don't have QuickTime Player 7 but instead have the newer QuickTime 10, you can open it with QuickTime 10 and under the File menu you can Save for Web. Under the Save for Web option, you have a bunch of options. You can choose iPhone, iPhone (Cellular), or Computer, which are all various levels of compression. Now note you do have less control over what type of compression settings you choose here, but you will still get a smaller file size that will allow you to send it more quickly over the Internet. A third way that you can compress your QuickTime files is using a batch compressor, perhaps Apple's Compressor or one of the many other options available, and another really great advantage of these is that you can do a batch all at once.

So if, for example, you have bounced out twenty QuickTime files and you want to compress them all at once, you can do it in one click of a button rather than compressing each one individually.

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