Join Scott Hirsch for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing your FCP timeline for export, part of Audio Post Workflow with Final Cut Pro X v10.1.x & Pro Tools.
- Once our project goes to Pro Tools, the video will be completely separated from the audio. There are a few preparations we have to make to ensure that the transition is smooth between applications. These are the same steps you would take if you were handing off your project to an audio post house, by the way, so they're good to know. So here we are, in Final Cut Pro X. We're looking at the project library. As you can see, when I click the film reel in the lower left to reveal the timeline, our initial edit is a fully realized sequence. It has many video clips, cross fades, volume adjustments.
These were all made in Final Cut Pro during the video edit. First, to be safe, we should make a duplicate of our project so we don't screw anything up. So click to go back to the project library. Then, right click on LDC initial edit and choose duplicate. Final Cut Pro will ask if you want to include reference events or clips and media. No, we just want to duplicate the reference to those things, just the timeline reference. Let's name it LDC Audio Export.
Next, let's step into the timeline of the new project. You'll notice that the timeline starts at zero hours, zero minutes, zero seconds, and zero frames. This is fine for working only Final Cut Pro, but now we want to make it start at a time code that's useful for working outside Final Cut Pro. The convention is to make the first frame of action of our project, or FFOA, start at time code hour one. But, we want to back time that a little bit to include a countdown leader before hour one.
You'll see why in a second. So to change the project time code, go back to the project library. Make sure the project is selected and click the inspector button on the right. Just above the eye, there's a little tool button icon. Click this to go to your project preferences and change the starting time code to zero hours, 59 minutes, and 50 seconds, zero frames. That's 10 seconds before hour one, just enough time for our 10 second countdown.
Now, in your farmer's market event, you'll have the LDC countdown file. This simple countdown video counts from 10 down to two. Only the two lasts for exactly one frame and corresponds with a one frame beep or pop of audio. This is what is known as a two pop, and it will be used as a reference until we get into Pro Tools to ensure sync was maintained between the two programs. If you loaded this sequence from the exercise files, the two pop and tail pop might already be in your timeline, but I'm gonna show you how to do this anyway.
Take the cursor to the beginning of the timeline and click the insert edit button. Now we have a leader, and the first frame of action begins at hour one. Next, we want to make sure that the show is still in sync at the end, that no drift of any kind occurred during the transfer. So, we'll insert a simple one frame video and corresponding audio beep at the end. This is known as the tail pop. We have a tail pop movie also available in the farmer's market event.
Finally, when we reference the video in Pro Tools, it's really useful to have a time code burned in to see visually what frame we are on as we work. This can be easily done with Final Cut Pro's generators. Click the generator button on the right and choose elements, time code. Now, drag the time code event to the top layer of the sequence. This can be a little tricky, but it needs to be on the top layer. Once it's in there, you can pull it out.
It'll take a few minutes to fully render, but when you're done you'll have a time code burn that you can reference in Pro Tools as you're watching the video. Now our sequence is ready to export.
Note: This course was updated to reflect the changes to Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1.x. Although the course was not re-recorded from scratch, we updated the applicable movies by adding text overlays to guide you to existing changes. We also updated the exercise files to work with the most current version of the software. Please watch the "Using the exercise files" movie to learn exactly what to expect from this updated course. Working with an earlier version of Final Cut Pro X? Watch Audio Post Workflow with Final Cut Pro X v10.0.9 and Pro Tools.
- Preparing the Final Cut Pro timeline for export
- Exporting audio
- Importing audio in Pro Tools
- Choosing sources and assigning tracks
- Adding sound effects and music
- Enhancing the audio with crossfades and noise reduction
- Exporting audio from Pro Tools