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- Identifying story elements
- Finding the essence of a story
- Importing folders and stills as keyword collections
- Using keywords to make clips accessible
- Prepping clips for editing
- Developing story diversity
- Sculpting the story within the timeline
- Fine-tuning edits
- Organizing separate story segments into independent storylines
- Recording a narration track
- Adding sound effects
- Applying effects to enhance story elements
- Adding freeze frames
Skill Level Intermediate
So you've got a visual storyboard and even a few text lines attached to each character or clip in your placeholder. Maybe you wrote the text for the narrator to record, and now you want to kick back and hear a rough version before entering the recording session. That's going to be a little hard to do when no one's talking right? But you can record a rough narration track or even script lines using the Record Audio tool in Final Cut Pro. It's a perfect way to bridge the gap from thinking through a story scene or segment, to actually listening to it. Let's start in the Project Library and open the Record Audio project.
In this project, you see the four clips that were edited in the previous movie. Now the job here is to record the audio, but when there's so much space between each line, and the lines are fairly short, you might want to take an extra moment to simply trim each clip to be more the length of the actual text itself. Now what we want to do is select the clip, move the playhead to the beginning and read the text, where's the money and stop it. Now a great trick that we're going to apply is from the Edit menu, and it's called Trim End; that shortcut, Option +Right bracket is a terrific one to use in this situation. So that's what we're going to do, and notice it trims to the playhead.
So next thing we're going to do is select the next clip, and do the same thing, we're going to play from the beginning and read the text. Don't worry it's safe, you can give yourself a little bit of breathing room if you want, and now I'm going to simply press Option+Right bracket, select the next clip and let's read again. Now wait just a minute, and Option+Right bracket one more time, No you wait. I'm running this show.
And right bracket, there we go. So now I can press Shift+Z and spread these out. They may look the same length but they're not the same length, they're a little bit closer to the amount of time it'll really take to read these lines, that's great. Now we want to actually do the recording. So we'll go up to the Window menu and choose Record Audio. Few things to keep in mind here: we want to make sure that we've selected the correct event destination, our event with all our clips is DP Storytelling, so you're actually going to be creating an audio clip.
Go ahead and choose whatever input device, if you have a separate microphone and external mic you want a plug-in, you can choose that. And now position your playhead to the beginning of the project and go ahead and hit Record. A little trick that I use is that if there is a clear male/female voice that goes back and forth, I try to raise or lower my voice just a little in each direction to sort of help imagine the text being read by the actors of the characters, or the narrator. Let's go ahead and record. Where's the money? Don't worry it's safe.
Now wait just a minute. No you wait. I'm running this show. And we have a voiceover clip that appears beneath the clips in the primary storyline and we can play that clip. (Audio Playing) Where's the money? Don't worry it's safe. Now wait just a minute. No you wait. I'm running this show. Very cool so you can continue on. Well, let's go ahead and close the Record Audio window, and in the timeline I'm going to right-click, I'm going to say reveal this in the Event Browser.
So just as I said it does actually record a clip, (Audio Playing) Where's the money? and it makes that clip accessible in the Event Browser. If I right-click on the clip I can also find this clip on the desktop level, and here it is as well. (Audio Playing) Where's the money? So in Final Cut Pro, we can also record a narration and we don't have to be recording our tied to these placeholders. So in this case, I'll just position my playhead at the end of the clips and actually I'm going to go back to my Record Audio window and start recording.
This story is about Delicious Peace, and what will happen is that Final Cut Pro will automatically insert a black gap clip and attach the voiceover to that clip. Whether you're working on a documentary that requires narration, or trying out some new script ideas, don't forget the Record Audio option within Final Cut Pro can help.