Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing and syncing audio files, part of Final Cut Pro X Guru: Organizing Assets.
- In this movie we'll import a video and audio file that were recorded separately and we'd like to sync together. After import we'll see how easy this is to do and what we should do to continue working with our files. So I'm in that project that we've been working with. I have my FOOTAGE event. Let's import this Sync audio and video file that I've been talking about. I'll hit cmd + i to bring up the Media Import window. I wanna hit the disclosure triangle to close my Interview folder and the Sync audio and video file are contained within that Sync Audio folder.
So if you select it, let's copy this to the library, so if that's not chosen, choose Copy to library. We're gonna add it to that existing event FOOTAGE that we've targeted. We also want to create a Keyword collection from our folders and make sure no options for Analyze for balance color or fixing common audio problems is selected. We'll choose Import Selected to bring these in. Now, under the FOOTAGE event, we will see now that we have a Sync Audio folder.
If you can't see that clearly we can always just expand these windows to see those Keyword collections a little clearer. I'll click on that Sync Audio Keyword collection, and maybe also just increase the size of my event viewer over here at the side. So I've got a CAMERA SYNC VIDEO and also a CAMERA AUDIO file. Let me just playback to show you how bad that sound is from the camera. One way to playback footage pretty effectively is to select it and then hit the forward slash ( / ) to play from in to out. So I will do that, I will hit forward slash ( / ), - Intention's extremely important.
If you think about any goal... - You guys can hear, that's not good sounding audio. Versus the recording here, so I'm gonna click on this, and hit the forward slash ( / ) so you can hear. - If you think about any goal we have to really be clear on what that... - That's the good sounding audio. So I wanna sync these two together, and this is how easy it is. So they were recorded roughly at the exact same time. If I select these two clips, right-click, and choose to Synchronize Clips together, it's gonna sync these two files up.
But there's one more step left after we choose this. So I'll choose that Synchronize Clips. It's asking us, what do you wanna call this? I'll call this, CLIP SYNC, and also make sure it's gonna be stored in my FOOTAGE event. So it's using audio to synchronize these clips. It's important to record the audio onto your video file. If I choose OK, it's gonna create this synchronized clip. We can see that SYNC CLIP is right here, however, if you play it back, you might be a little shocked.
- Intention's extremely important. If you think about any goal, we have to really be clear on what that is. - You can see that the sound isn't sounding so good. So we just need to tell this clip which audio we'd like to use. So it's basically placed these two together. In order to do that, I'll have the clip selected and in this case the inspector is our friend. So the inspector is on, I'll go to the Audio tab, and we'll look at something called Channel Configuration. If I show the contents you can see that you have two things. You've got your audio from the video camera, and then the audio from the audio component.
Simply turn off the audio from the camera and make sure your good audio is turned on. I can actually play these indivual ones so I can just skim over it and hit the spacebar. You can see that that's sounding much clearer. - And our intention comes before that. - I'll hit the spacebar to stop, and we'll just do a confirmation by selecting our clip and hitting that forward slash ( / ) to make sure we're getting the good audio. - Intention's extremely important. If you think about any goal... - Great. So this is all set up and ready for us to go.
- Importing media
- Transcoding files
- Using keywords and Smart Collections
- Creating markers
- Working with favorites and rejects
- Understanding metadata views and applying custom fields
- Working with advanced search functions and criteria
- Exporting metadata
- Archiving and moving libraries