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Pro Tools 10 Essential Training with musician and producer David Franz illuminates the process of recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid Pro Tools, the industry-standard software for music and postproduction. The course covers recording live audio and adding effects on the fly, creating music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, editing for time and pitch manipulation, creating a musical score, and mixing and mastering a track.
In this video I'm going to show you how to import a video file and how to manipulate it in Pro Tools. Pro Tools can import QuickTime and Windows Media video files, as well as AAF, OMF, and MXF files. We're going to import a .mov file here. Let's go to File > Import > Video, and we'll locate the video. It's right here. Double-click it and we get the Video Import Options dialog. We're going to put it onto a new track, and we'll put it at the session start.
However, you could put it somewhere else if you wanted. And I'm not going to import the audio, even though we can. Note that you could also bring in a video file, by dragging and dropping from the workspace or the Desktop. Let we expand this track out a little bit here. And you can see that we have two track views possible on a video track: we've got frames and blocks. We'll choose frames. I am going to zoom in on this a little bit and you'll see the Pro Tools shows multiple frames in this track view. You'll also see that the video window opened automatically, so if I press play, we can see the video.
We can resize this video window. If we go down to the corner, you'll see the icon change, and I can click and drag to make it smaller or larger. I can also right-click in the video window and choose the different size. If you go up to the Window menu, you can choose to show or hide the video window. Over by the name of the track, we've got the Video Online button and we can toggle this between having the video play along when it's online or not play along when it's offline, and we'll see this little note, "QuickTime movie is offline" in the video window.
Pro Tools also automatically shows the video engine rate. Pro Tools determines this from the video when it's imported, and this video clip is 23.98 frames per second. Just like any other audio clip or MIDI clip, you can use the Grabber tool to click and drag the video clip anywhere on this track. Once you've got the file where you want it, I recommend locking it in time in the session, and you can do that by right- clicking on the name of the track and choosing Locked. And you'll see a little icon right here, meaning that it's locked.
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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