Join Skye Lewin for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing a picture file, part of Music Editing for TV and Film in Pro Tools.
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Now that we've created our template, let's create a new session based on that template, so that we can use that moving forward. So wherever you saved your template, go ahead and open that up and then go to the File menu and choose Save As. And I am going to name this importpic, since that's what we are going to be doing next. And you can find this file on the Exercise Files > ELI_Session, if you want to open that. Once this is open, the next step is going to be to import picture.
So what is picture? Picture is basically the video file or the visual media of whatever television show or film or commercial, any visual media that you may be working to, and for the purposes of this course, it's going to be the video element to which we will be cutting music. In this course, we are using a clip from the short film ELI. So to import, we are going to go to the File menu, go to the Import submenu, and choose Video. The next dialog box that opens is asking you to find the video file that you want to import.
So you can find the video file in your Exercise files > ELI Session > Video Files, and choose ELI_Clip 1, and click OK or Open. So you can leave the location set to Session Start for now, and make sure that import audio from file is selected. And this is a really handy feature because what this allows you to do is import an audio file that's already tied to the picture into a track in Pro Tools. Usually there will be some sort of a guide track or temp music, or both, that are associated with the picture file and that way we can bring those into Pro Tools and hear them.
So make sure that's selected and click OK, and then a dialog box will pop up that's going to ask you where you want to save those guide tracks. One thing that I like to do is to keep my Audio Files folder organized with subfolders. And you certainly don't have to do this, but when you have a lot of audio files it makes it very handy. So we are going to go ahead and create a new folder, and I am going to call it Guide Tracks. And I am going to select that and click Open, and that's going to tell Pro Tools to save my guide tracks to that folder.
If you want to save them to your Audio Files folder, that's completely fine. And so once it's imported into Pro Tools, you are going to see your video file on a track and the audio file that was imported from that video file on the track beneath it. You can also see those tracks on the Track list on the left side of Pro Tools, and you can also see a video window here which is going to be where we will view the picture file in Pro Tools. For now, I am going to pull this down to the left side of the screen, just to kind of get it out of the way of our audio tracks. And if you have a second screen, you can always put this on a second screen.
A lot of people will actually play this video out through some sort of a hardware device onto a television, so you can watch the picture on a different screen from what you're working on. But for now, just so it's all easy to see, we are going to keep it within this session. And the next step is going to be to line the picture file up with the time code and essentially keep the picture file in sync with Pro Tools timeline. And before we do that, we need to get a little bit more information on what time code is and how it helps us keep everything in sync.
And so that's what we are going to do in the next video.
- Importing audio and video files
- Creating and using sync points
- Using snap editing commands
- Customizing crossfades
- Editing to acquire multiple sync points within the same cue
- Creating a 30-second condensed edit
- Exploring alternate edits and alternate songs
- Mixing and bouncing down the edit
- Compressing QuickTime movies
- Conforming an edit if the length of a shot changes or if a scene has shifted