Intro to Ableton Live: Choosing Your Gear, Creating Loops
Working with video files
In this day and age, it's increasingly important to composers of musical genres be able to provide music for video and film. Let's take a look at how you can import video into a live set and export a video that includes your music. So, I'm in the arrangement view in Live because we can only use video in arrangement view. So to import video into a live set all we need to do is drag or drop that from a finder or an explorer window. So, let me go out to my Finder Window and I'm going to go into the Exercise folder and there's a videos file folder in there and I've got two clips for us to use. Let me grab that first one here, and I'll drag and drop that on the timeline there and the second one, drop that one there.
Now back in Live we can see that there is a video window and you can move that around. If you want to open and close that, you can go up to the View menu and disable the video window or if you want to use a key command that would be Option Cmd+V on a Mac and Alt Control+V on a PC. Open and close that. You'll notice that the clips are actually on an audio track. And I can tell these are video clips because they have these little sprocket edges on them. And then below that I can see the audio wave forms. So one clip doesn't have any audio, and the second one does. Now when we do the balance later on, if we don't want the audio on that second clip to be included.
We can just come over here and disable the track activator button and now we won't get any audio there. I'm going to put that chooser back on none so I don't have to look at that automation line. So we have the rudimentary ability to edit these video clips by moving them around on the timeline or by trimming their edges. Now you'll notice that I have both these clips on the same track, you can actually have multiple video clips in a Live set and they can be on different tracks. But only one can play at a time. So I'll typically put multiple clips on the same track. Now, let me grab this first one, and I'll move that over to the beginning of the set.
And you'll notice that it's snapping to grid as I work. And if you don't want that, you can disable the grid by going Cmd+4 on a Mac or Ctrrl+4 on a PC. And now I can click this second one, and I can move that freely. And you'll notice that I can actually drag that on top of the first clip to overlap them. And the one that's on top will actually play. And again if I move my cursor to the clip edge, I can trim that shorter. But in this case not longer because there isn't any video past the end of that clip endpoint. Now let me, drop down here an I'm going to, trim the, length of my, demo song that we've got here. An I'll make that just a little bit longer than the end of that video. An I'm going to zoom in there, an I'm going to go over to the automation chooser and I'm going to choose fades.
So I can change the length of this fade as we get to the end of the video clip. So, if there's any hits that we need to line up the music to in the video you may want to be able see time code in the live set. So I'm going to drop down here to the time ruler and I'm going to right-click on that. And you'll notice we have the typical options here for U.S film, European frame rates and then doctor my video and color video. And I should probably set that to whatever the frame rate of this video is. So let me go back to the finder and I'm going to double-click one of these to open it up in QuickTime. So that I can open the inspector, which will show me what the frame rate is. And it looks like that is 29.979 drop frame.
So I can close that and let's go back here and I'll right-click again on the time ruler and I'll choose 29.979 drop. Okay, so, before we bounce this, let's check at this out real quick and see if we like it. So set this back to the beginning and hit play. (music playing) I'd like just a little bit more of a fade out on the music.
So let me check that real quick. (music playing) There, that's better. Okay, so now I'm ready to export this. So, I'm going to set the export length by using my loop brace so, I'll click and drag that out. And then select it. And now I'll go up to the File menu and choose Export Audio and Video, and once this is all said and done. I'm actually going to end up with both a video file with audio, and a separate audio file. So, I'll set my audio bounce rate in this area, so I'm going to come from the master. I don't need to normalize this or render it as a loop.
Let's see, I'll bounce this as an A I F F file at 44116. I'm not changing the bit rate so I don't need to use dither. And I've already got the create video button enabled. From there I can come down and I can choose the type of video encoder that I'm using. So I'm at QuickTime. If you're exporting something for an iPhone, you might want to choose a different Encoder. But I'll stay at QuickTime and then if you need to edit the encoder settings, you can click the edit button here and we can see what we've got here. So, I'm doing this as forty four one. So let me click that, click OK, click OK.
And now I can click OK here in the Export dialog. I'll give this the name test bounce, and I'm going to save this on the desktop, so let's go ahead and click Save. All right, we're done. Let's check the resulting video. I'm going to go back out to my Finder and let's go on the desktop and we can see both the test bounce audio file and the test bounce movie. I'm going to double-click that and open that up in QuickTime, and let's give that a quick play just to check it out.
(music playing) Okay, looks like that all worked. So importing and exporting video from Ableton is a simple process. Now you're ready to add video to your future live projects.
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