The process of muting selected tracks to create separate files of identical length for dialog, music and SFX
- [Instructor] Now, in addition to a composite mix,…I want to deliver stems for dialogue, music, and effects.…A stem is the entire length of the scene,…whether there's something going on…in the music or effects or not.…It's in an audio file that's the…entire length of the scene,…with blank time inserted if necessary,…to make what is going on in that track…happen at the right place.…And we want the levels to be…the same as if they were in the composite.…
In other words, we want a unity gain mix,…which means that if we just set the fader for zero DB,…we'll get the music, and the effects,…and the dialogue at the right level,…and we don't have to do a lot of…mixing on the back end.…So, why would you do this?…Well, very often, a client will want to do…foreign distribution and want to change the dialogue,…but leave the music and effects the same,…but sometimes the effects have to get softer or louder,…because the dialogue changes.…
For instance, German words tend to be a little longer,…and so maybe the sound effect…that worked when the word was short…
Award-winning sound designer Joe Godfrey has developed a system for handing off the dialog, music, and effects mix from a Final Cut Pro timeline to Logic Pro. Why Logic? Many of the tools the Final Cut editor is using began there, and Logic has great tools that can be applied to dialog, music, and effects, as well the final mix. There are some things you want to do—in the right order—and some common mistakes you want to avoid. This course covers them all. Learn how to import audio from Final Cut Pro X in Logic Pro X, fix any syncing issues, edit dialog to perfection, add special effects such as pitch shifting and automated EQ, enhance music, and bounce out the final mix, either as a composite track or stems that can be mastered separately.
- Importing AAF, OMF, and XML files
- Configuring your workspace
- Recognizing and solving sync issues
- Adding markers
- Mixing on the fly vs at the end
- Fixing dialog levels
- Fixing dialog texture and ambience
- Automating EQ parameters
- Autopunch for dialog and Foley
- Special effects (SFX) replacement and enhancement
- Finishing the mix: compression and limiting
- Export options: Composite vs. stems
- Archiving a project
Skill Level Intermediate
Final Cut Pro X Guru: Sync Sound Workflowwith Jeff I. Greenberg51m 44s Intermediate
Final Cut Pro X & Logic Pro X: 1 Audio Post Workflowwith Michael Towe1h 11m Intermediate
1. Choosing Logic Pro for Audio Post
2. Building the Template
3. Editing the Dialog Clips
4. Special Effects (SFX) for the Movie
5. Mixing and Exporting
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