Join Jeff I. Greenberg for an in-depth discussion in this video Fixing syncing in compound clips when it goes wrong, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Sync Sound Workflow.
- No matter how good this is automatically or done by hand, sooner or later, something is going to fall out of sync. Something just won't be perfect. Let's take a look at how we fix when it goes wrong. Here in Final Cut X, I've got this one clip here called Just a little out of sync. It's already a synced clip, and the trick here is to right click on the clip and say Open in Timeline. Now this will open up the results of the sync, essentially the syncs are a type of compound clip. I'm going to go here on my timeline, and I'm just going to play back a little bit of a section.
Let's make these a little bit smaller. So you can see both. And I'm going to play this back. I'm going to make sure to lower the video of the original just because it's not going to be helping us. There's no sound there. And we're just going to find a moment where Skip is on screen, speaking. I'll do a cmd - here. There he is, he's speaking, and as we watch, we'll see it's just a little out of sync. - Hey Joan. I'm Skip, and I'll be your doctor today.
- It's close, but it's not there. One thing that I might recommend before you go and you actually work on the sync, is it might be worthwhile for you to hide your browser so your picture has as much room as it can get. You could even go in and say, take something like 100%, so when you're playing it back you can really see how the sync is looking. - I'm Skip, and I'll be your doctor today. - It's just out by a little bit. It's just a couple frames off. And I'm just going to click on the bottom audio, or I could click on the top, it doesn't make a difference. What I need to do is slide them.
And to do that, you can use the period and the comma key. Now I'm going to put a marker here, just so you can see the marker move. I don't actually work with a marker on the clip. I'm going to hit the letter m for a marker there. With it selected, I'm going to push it a little bit to the left. I'm hitting the comma key. I'll hit it at least two or three frames. You can't really see a one or two frame change. So I'll say put it one, two, three to the left. And I'm going to play this back. - Hey Joan. I'm Skip, and I'll be your doctor today. That's way closer.
Let's compare that. I'm going to do an Undo. I'll play that back again. - Hey Joan. I'm Skip, and I'll be your doctor today. - And you can see that just adjusting that one, two, three frames, puts him just a little bit cleaner into sync. - Hey Joan. I'm Skip, and I'll be your doctor today. - Now that this has been done, all I need to do is hit my Back arrow, and we're back on whatever timeline I was working with, which is empty at the moment. I'm going to go ahead and show the Event Viewer. This clip has been adjusted. It's been saved. Your tweaking it fixes it.
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- Syncing clips based on audio and markers
- Cleaning up sound in the Inspector
- Fixing syncing in complex clips
- Adding metadata
- Organizing sync clips
- Performing multicam syncs
- Syncing clips in PluralEyes