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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools
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Creating and using sync points


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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

with Skye Lewin

Video: Creating and using sync points

Now that we are comfortable navigating the Edit window with key commands, let's talk about sync points. A sync point is a very handy marking system within Pro Tools that allows you to place a marker on a region or audio file that will follow the region or audio file. So it's different than a typical marker in Pro Tools. It's more of an identifier that says, at this point, at this sample, in this region, remember this location so that I can return to it quickly using the navigation techniques and the spotting techniques that we've covered and will cover further in the next video.
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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

Creating and using sync points

Now that we are comfortable navigating the Edit window with key commands, let's talk about sync points. A sync point is a very handy marking system within Pro Tools that allows you to place a marker on a region or audio file that will follow the region or audio file. So it's different than a typical marker in Pro Tools. It's more of an identifier that says, at this point, at this sample, in this region, remember this location so that I can return to it quickly using the navigation techniques and the spotting techniques that we've covered and will cover further in the next video.

So let's talk about making a sync point, and let's actually walk through the steps of doing it. It's pretty simple. We have already got a small selection on the region from the song Leebock 2, so let's use the E key command to zoom toggle and bring that up to full-screen, and let's zoom in again by selecting the Zoom tool--Command+1 or Control+1--and let's zoom in a couple of times so that we can really see the waveform well. We don't want to clip the beginning of the waveform off when we do this, especially with a transient like a beat in music.

Now that we've got this visible, we can either revert to Slip mode by pressing F2 or we can stay in Grid mode and Command+Click or Start+Click right at the beginning of that transient. Then to add a sync point we press the key command Command+Comma or Control+Comma, and you'll see a small green triangle added to the left and the right region of this audio region. That indicates that you have a sync point now added to that region. So let's zoom back out to the whole session--Option+A or Alt+A--and we can still see that there is a sync point at that point.

So if we want to move the sync point to a different location, all you have to do is find the location and use the same key command to essentially add a sync point, and I will remove it from the first location and move it to the second location, because you can only have one sync point in any given audio file. If you have multiple regions of the same audio file, you still can only have one sync point in any one of those regions, because they all refer to the same audio file. So using the navigation commands that we have learned in the previous video, let's see what happens now that we have a sync point.

If I tab to the end, it still tabs to the end; if I Option+Tab or press the L key to move earlier, this time it stops on the sync point instead of going all the way back to the beginning. So essentially a sync point acts with navigation the same way the beginning and end of a region do. So you can quickly navigate to that point in the region or audio file. So just like we can spot to the beginning or end of an audio file, we can also spot to a sync point. So we go to Spot mode, which is F3, and we click with the Hand Grabber tool in the bottom of the region, we can now enter Time Code or Bar/Beat or whatever type of grid we want to use in this Sync Point field and it will move that audio file so that the sync point is at that location, which is a very handy and quick way to snap audio files to a specific location rather than moving until you get it right.

So we are not going to do that for now, so let's exit that and go back to Grid mode and exit zoom toggle and save our session. So you can see how sync points are a very useful tool in aligning your sound or music to a specific point in the timeline, which can save you a lot of time and guesswork.

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