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Importing video into a Pro Tools session is just as easy as importing any other type of data. You can go up to the File menu, choose Import > Video. Now we can navigate to the file that we want. I'm going to choose this one and then click Open. Pro Tools will then ask us, where we want to place the video. We can choose the Session Start or a Selection or spot it to a particular time.
I'm going to choose the Session Start. I'm also going to import the audio from the video file. That will go on to a separate stereo track. Here's where we decide where we want to put this stereo audio file. It defaults to the Sessions Audio Files folder, and that's where I'd like to keep it. So, I'll choose that. So now we have the video file, here on this video track and the stereo audio file, right here. Now Digidesign recommends that you store audio and video files on separate dedicated hard drives. Storing them both on the same drive might cause performance issues, because that's a lot of data coming from one drive.
Now what happens if you actually want to extract the audio from the video file, without actually importing the video? Here's how you do it. Go to File > Import > Audio, and we're actually going to choose the video file to import it from. You know that we have to convert this file, because it's not an audio file type that Pro Tools can use directly. What that means is this is a stereo interleaved file, and Pro Tools can only handle mono files. So it will split this into two mono files. Also, the sampling rate is different from the session sampling rate. So we're going to convert this and we're also going to apply Sample Rate Conversion so that it goes from 48k to 44.1k. Let's use the Tweak Head setting so that we get the best possible conversion.
Click Done and again, it will default to our Sessions Audio Files folder, and we'll choose that. We'll bring it in on a new track, instead of the regions list, and we'll choose the Session Start as our location. So here's our imported audio from the video, without importing the video itself. I'll cover more techniques about working with video files in Pro Tools in other videos in this course. But now you know how to import video and the audio from video into a Pro Tools session.
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