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Setting up for a 30-second condensed edit

From: Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

Video: Setting up for a 30-second condensed edit

Now that we've cut our first cue to picture, let's go off on a little side tangent. Oftentimes you're going to need to cut music but not cut it to picture. So, for example, perhaps you're cutting music for a commercial or maybe in the main title of a TV show or a film or even the end credits. For any number of reasons you may need to create a shortened version of a piece of music that is a specific length. And I wanted to talk about that, because oftentimes you're not going to be cutting that to picture. So the first thing that's useful in doing this is to make a visual representation, or some sort of a marker system, that gives us our in and out points so we can see exactly how long our edit needs to be.

Setting up for a 30-second condensed edit

Now that we've cut our first cue to picture, let's go off on a little side tangent. Oftentimes you're going to need to cut music but not cut it to picture. So, for example, perhaps you're cutting music for a commercial or maybe in the main title of a TV show or a film or even the end credits. For any number of reasons you may need to create a shortened version of a piece of music that is a specific length. And I wanted to talk about that, because oftentimes you're not going to be cutting that to picture. So the first thing that's useful in doing this is to make a visual representation, or some sort of a marker system, that gives us our in and out points so we can see exactly how long our edit needs to be.

So let's go to one hour and one minute. We can do so by pressing the equals key on the numeric keypad and typing in the timecode we want to go to. You can see, just like in our Spot dialog, the timecode numbers will cycle from right to left as you type them in. So if you make a mistake, you can just start over and keep typing. Once you get the number you want, press Enter. And let's make a new marker there, and we'll call this 30 Sec Start. And it's just a marker; we don't need to change any of the other settings.

And now let's hold Shift and click later in the Timeline to make a selection, and you can see to the right of the timecode counter we see a start, end, and length. What we want to do is set that length to 30 seconds even. So right now it's 0 hours, 0 minutes, 19 seconds, and 5 frames. So by holding Shift and clicking and dragging, we can extend our selection until that number reads 30. We may need to zoom in to get it accurate enough, because we're zoomed out a little too much to get this exactly where we want it from here.

There are a couple of key commands we can use to do this, or we can zoom in and simply drag it until we get the right resolution. But since that still didn't work, even with zooming in, let's use one the key commands. On a Mac, if you hold Shift and Command and type the plus key, you can see that it retains the start of the selection but lengthens the end of the selection. Likewise, if you press the minus key while holding Shift+Command, it will shorten the selection. The modifier keys on the Windows would be Shift+Ctrl+Plus or Shift+Ctrl+Minus.

So now that we've made our selection, we can create a new marker at the very end. While we do this, there are several ways to do it, but since we've got our selection, I'm going to show you a quick and easy technique to get there. We probably want to zoom in so we can get down to that frame resolution and get our marker right on the frame. So let's use zoom level 5, and then we're going to use a very handy shortcut in Pro Tools, but first make sure your command focus is on. If you press the W key, you'll see that the end of the current selection snaps to the center of your screen. Likewise, any selection that you have made will snap to the beginning by pressing the Q key.

So we've got our selection. We can press the W key, we can click near that frame, and we can make our marker right on the end of our 30-second selection. So let's call this marker 30 Sec End. Now let's zoom back out and using Tab and Shift+Tab, I can verify that the length is indeed 30 seconds even. Now we have a quick visual reference that will allow us to visually see the length of the Q that we're trying to create. Before we proceed, let's do one other thing. I'm going to zoom all the way back out to the full view of the session, Option+A or Alt+A. I'm going to select the edit that we made previously, and I'm going to drag it down into our bin track.

So I'm going to hold Control, click and drag so that it doesn't slip left or right. The other thing I want to do is bring out an unaltered version of the track. One way to do this is to go to the Region list. I am going to close our memory locations, and I'm going to scroll through the list until I see the bold version of the song name. When we see it in bold, that means that that's the actual audio file. So that's going to be the full song, as opposed to the non-bold versions, which are regions from that song from our previous edits.

So I don't need that last region. I'm going to take it back out by pressing Undo, and I'm going to bring back up the memory locations. And we now have the full song that we can start doing our new edit with.

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Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools

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Skye Lewin
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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 32s
    3. A word about the film and music used in this course
      25s
  2. 25m 4s
    1. Creating a template session for working to picture
      7m 29s
    2. Importing a picture file
      3m 17s
    3. What is time code?
      4m 17s
    4. Syncing picture to Pro Tools
      6m 58s
    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 21s
    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 5s
    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 34s
    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 55s
  9. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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