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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools
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Importing audio files


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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

with Skye Lewin

Video: Importing audio files

Now that we have our picture file synced up with our Pro Tools timeline, the next thing we need to do is import our audio files. There are several ways you can do this. You can drag the audio file directly onto the Pro Tools icon; you can also drag the audio file into the Pro Tools timeline; or you can import the audio file from the menu or the Region list. The easiest way to do this is through the File menu in Pro Tools, the Import submenu, and Import > Audio, since we are going to be importing an audio file. You can also use the key command if you would like: Shift+Command+I or Shift+Ctrl+I. And we are going to locate, in the ELI_Session > Audio Files folder, we are going to locate the Example Music, and we can see four files.
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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

Importing audio files

Now that we have our picture file synced up with our Pro Tools timeline, the next thing we need to do is import our audio files. There are several ways you can do this. You can drag the audio file directly onto the Pro Tools icon; you can also drag the audio file into the Pro Tools timeline; or you can import the audio file from the menu or the Region list. The easiest way to do this is through the File menu in Pro Tools, the Import submenu, and Import > Audio, since we are going to be importing an audio file. You can also use the key command if you would like: Shift+Command+I or Shift+Ctrl+I. And we are going to locate, in the ELI_Session > Audio Files folder, we are going to locate the Example Music, and we can see four files.

So here we see the left and the right of two different songs, and the reason we have four files is because in Pro Tools a stereo file is going to be split into two separate left and right elements. So for now we are just going to import the first song, and you can see by the Bit Depth that it's already 24 bits and the Sample Rate is already 48 kHz, which is exactly the same as what we are using in our Pro Tools session. And Pro Tools will also tell you that this audio file can be added directly to the current session.

So when it says that, we know that we don't have to convert it; we can simply add it. In this case, it's already in our Audio Files folder, so that's what we are going to do. You can select Add by hitting Enter, and you can click Done or press Command+W or Ctrl+W to close this window. And we are going to put this in the Region List, so click OK. And let's close the Memory Locations, so that we can see the Region List, which is again Command+5 or Ctrl+5 on the numeric keypad. And then to bring this into our timeline, we can literally just click and drag the region into a track.

So now we have imported the first song that we are going to be editing. One last thing I wanted to point out is that if we were importing a song that was not already at 48 kHz, we might need to convert it to make it work with the session, so let's do that real quick. We won't actually import it, but we will just walk through the steps. So again, we are going to import through the File menu, but this time go to the Example Music folder outside of the ELI_ Session and choose the MP3 file. And here you can see the Bit Depth is 16 bits and the Sample Rate is 44.1 kHz.

And again, Pro Tools tells you that this file must be converted because it's not an audio file type that Pro Tools can use directly. So that also is at a different sample rate, and it needs to be split into two mono files to work in Pro Tools. So those reasons are going to require that we convert this audio file, rather than add it. So if we wanted to add this file, we would click Convert, or Command+C or Ctrl+C will do the same thing. Since we are not going to do it, we are just going to hit Escape and get out of this window and back into our session.

That's how easy it is to import your music into the Pro Tools session.

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