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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.
Now let's imagine for a minute that this piece of music has a profanity in it. Depending on the project you're working on, that may or may not be an issue, but let's say, for example, that it is. One of the other things we can do is reverse that profanity to remove it. Let's listen to the section of this song. (music playing) And now let's imagine that this small section right here is a profanity that we need to reverse so that when it's played on the live television that's not an issue. What we can do, go to the AudioSuite menu, under Other, we can select the Reverse plug-in, and once we have our selection, we can simply process it. But first let me point out a couple of things.
We need to make sure that our selection contains the very beginning of the word that we're trying to reverse. And second, we should give ourselves a little extra buffer so that we can do a crossfade later. So now let's move to the end of our selection with the W key command, and let's again give ourselves a little bit of a buffer on the selection so that we can do a crossfade later. Using Option+F or Alt+F, I'm going to zoom to my selection and I'm going to click the Process button in the AudioSuite plug-in. Now you can see that a reversed piece of music has been placed over my selection and we can cross-fade the beginning and the end to somewhat clean up the transition in and out of our reversed piece of music.
If the piece of music that we've reversed contained profanity, by reversing it we've made it harder to hear that profanity because you're not going to hear it played backwards. And this is really the standard for removing profanities when you either don't have a clean mix, which is a mix of the song that doesn't contain the profanity at all, or a different word in place of the profanity or when you don't have an instrumental to remove the profanity, which is what we're going to look at in the next video. But first let's just listen to what it might sound like. (music playing) It's not great, but it keeps the beat going, and you can tell that whatever was there sounds different than it did before.
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