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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.
If you've licensed a piece of music that you're going to use in a film, television show, video game or any other media project, you generally have certain editing rights that are granted with the license. For example, you're allowed to cut the song as long as you keep it in sequence. However, when you're cutting a song out of sequence that's an example of the time that you'll need to get edit rights in order to perform that edit. What are our edit rights? Edit rights basically grant you the right to make certain special edits that might alter the character of the original composition.
So, for example, taking the beginning of the song and placing it after the end of the song, moving sections of the song out of their original sequence, would require edit rights. So let's take a look at what this means visually. If I'm to make an edit here, and that's the intro to my song, and this becomes the middle of my edit, and then maybe this becomes the end of my edit, that's all in sequence, because the first piece, the second piece, and the third piece are all in the same order in which they were in the original composition.
If I were instead to take this section from near the end of the track and use it in the middle of my edit, it's no longer in the same order that it was in the original composition. So in that case, I would need to get edit rights before I can perform that edit.
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