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Importing a picture file


Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

with Skye Lewin

Video: Importing a picture file

Importing a picture file provides you with in-depth training on Audio + Music. Taught by Skye Lewin as part of the Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools
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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 32s
    3. A word about the film and music used in this course
  2. 25m 51s
    1. Creating a template session for working to picture
      7m 30s
    2. Importing a picture file
      3m 17s
    3. What is time code?
      4m 17s
    4. Syncing picture to Pro Tools
      7m 44s
    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 22s
    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 6s
    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 35s
    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 56s
  9. 38s
    1. Goodbye

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Video Duration: 3m 17s3h 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
Audio + Music Video
Pro Tools
Skye Lewin

Importing a picture file

Now that we've created our template, let's create a new session based on that template, so that we can use that moving forward. So wherever you saved your template, go ahead and open that up and then go to the File menu and choose Save As. And I am going to name this importpic, since that's what we are going to be doing next. And you can find this file on the Exercise Files > ELI_Session, if you want to open that. Once this is open, the next step is going to be to import picture.

So what is picture? Picture is basically the video file or the visual media of whatever television show or film or commercial, any visual media that you may be working to, and for the purposes of this course, it's going to be the video element to which we will be cutting music. In this course, we are using a clip from the short film ELI. So to import, we are going to go to the File menu, go to the Import submenu, and choose Video. The next dialog box that opens is asking you to find the video file that you want to import.

So you can find the video file in your Exercise files > ELI Session > Video Files, and choose ELI_Clip 1, and click OK or Open. So you can leave the location set to Session Start for now, and make sure that import audio from file is selected. And this is a really handy feature because what this allows you to do is import an audio file that's already tied to the picture into a track in Pro Tools. Usually there will be some sort of a guide track or temp music, or both, that are associated with the picture file and that way we can bring those into Pro Tools and hear them.

So make sure that's selected and click OK, and then a dialog box will pop up that's going to ask you where you want to save those guide tracks. One thing that I like to do is to keep my Audio Files folder organized with subfolders. And you certainly don't have to do this, but when you have a lot of audio files it makes it very handy. So we are going to go ahead and create a new folder, and I am going to call it Guide Tracks. And I am going to select that and click Open, and that's going to tell Pro Tools to save my guide tracks to that folder.

If you want to save them to your Audio Files folder, that's completely fine. And so once it's imported into Pro Tools, you are going to see your video file on a track and the audio file that was imported from that video file on the track beneath it. You can also see those tracks on the Track list on the left side of Pro Tools, and you can also see a video window here which is going to be where we will view the picture file in Pro Tools. For now, I am going to pull this down to the left side of the screen, just to kind of get it out of the way of our audio tracks. And if you have a second screen, you can always put this on a second screen.

A lot of people will actually play this video out through some sort of a hardware device onto a television, so you can watch the picture on a different screen from what you're working on. But for now, just so it's all easy to see, we are going to keep it within this session. And the next step is going to be to line the picture file up with the time code and essentially keep the picture file in sync with Pro Tools timeline. And before we do that, we need to get a little bit more information on what time code is and how it helps us keep everything in sync.

And so that's what we are going to do in the next video.

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