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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.
Importing video into a Pro Tools session is just as easy as importing any other type of data. Go to the File menu, choose Import > Video. Find your movie file, and you'll see the Video Import Options dialog box, you can choose where to put it onto a new track, and I'll choose the session start, and you can choose to import the audio from the file, let's try it. When you choose to import the audio, Pro Tools wants to know where you want to put the audio files, and you'll usually just want to stick them right into the Audio Files folder within the session.
So now you see the video file on this video track, and the audio file. I am going to press play and you'll see just a little bit of it. (Video Playing) Now Avid 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. In this particular case because we have such small files, it is not really that big of a deal, but if you start working with larger files, definitely keep them on separate drives.
If for some reason you want to actually import the audio from a video file without importing the video, you can do that as well. If you go to File > Import > Audio, and you'll see the left and right side of the audio file and you can import them through this Import Audio dialog box. After you've added both of them to the clips to import list, click Done and we'll tell Pro Tools to add them to a new track at the session start, and you'll see that they're exactly the same files as what we've brought in before.
You can also import files used in video post-production, including AAF, MXF and OMF sequences. Importing an entire AAF or OMF sequence can be done with the File > Import > Session Data command, or you can choose Open Session from the File menu. You can also drag and drop from your DigiBase browser. When you import individual Avid or MXF video files, you can do this with the File > Import > Video command, or you can also drag and drop from the DigiBase browser.
When you want to import individual OMF audio files you can do that with the File > Import > Audio command, or you can also drag and drop from the DigiBase browser. 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 audio, from video files into a Pro Tools session.
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