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Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this video, I'm going to show you how to import a video file and how to manipulate it in Pro Tools. Now Pro Tools can import QuickTime and Windows Media Video files and let's try it out. Let's go to File > Import > Video. I'm going to search for my file and it's right here. I'm going to open that up. Pro Tools immediately asks you where you want to place the beginning of the movie. So we can say at the Session Start, we can create a Selection or we can Spot it to an exact location.
Now I'm just going to choose the Session Start and it also asks us if you want to import the audio from the movie file and I'll keep that checked even though I know there is no audio with this one. Because I told it to import the audio files, it immediately asks me where I want to put them. And yeah, I want to put them in the Audio Files folder for this session. So I'll choose that. So here we have our video file open in the video window. Now it's a pretty big screen right now so I can actually go down to the right-hand bottom corner and click-and-drag. You see the little icon change and I can resize that video window.
I can also drag the video window anywhere that I want to. And if you go to the Window menu and choose Video, I can hide that window. But I actually want to see it, so I'm going to choose that and open it up again. And you can see that there is a key command for that. It's Command+9 on a Mac or Ctrl+9 on a PC. Now one thing I should know, you can actually drag and drop video files from the workspace browser or from the desktop instead of using the File > Import command. So not only do we have this video window, we actually have the video file on a track here in Pro Tools.
I am going to expand this out a little bit and you can see that we are looking at the frames track view, so if we zoom in we can actually see individual frames from the video. But if we switch this over to blocks, it's just going to hide all the frames and just show us one little block. So if you don't care about seeing the frames, put it in to blocks view or if you do want to see the frames change it over to frames. Below the track view is the Video Engine Rate for the video and Pro Tools determines this from the video when it's first imported. So we have got 29.97 frames per second. The blue O button just above is the Video Online button and you can click to toggle between having the video play along and be online or to not play along and be offline. And of course we'll keep that online.
Now there is a preference that I want you to be aware off. If we go to Setup > Preferences and go to the Operation tab, come down here to the Video section, and we can choose the QuickTime Playback Priority. We have Normal, Medium and Highest. If you choose Normal, QuickTime movies get no extra priority over other screen update tasks like metering or moving faders. If you go up to Medium, this gives QuickTime movies a higher priority relative to other screen update tasks and use this if you are experiencing some issues with the normal setting. If you go to Highest, this gives the highest priority to playing back QuickTime video.
In this mode, Pro Tools disables screen activity and provides uninterrupted QuickTime playback, so we'll keep it at Medium. Now you can move around video regions just like you can audio regions. With the Grabber tool, I can just click-and-drag and just move the video anywhere that I want in the session. However, once you have got it where you want it, I recommend locking it in time in the session. And all you need to do to do that is go over to the name of the track and right-click and you can choose Locked. And a little lock will show up right here, meaning that it is locked in time and that's the basics of what you need to know to import, display and manipulate video files in Pro Tools.
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