Join Rick Allen Lippert for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a quick round trip, part of Soundtrack Pro 3 Essential Training.
In this chapter, we'll become acquainted with the Soundtrack Pro user interface by touring each of the panes and looking at preferences and setting up your system. In these lesson, I'll quickly run through a round trip process, starting in Final Cut Pro, sending it to Soundtrack Pro, I'll add a music bed and then I'll export that back to Final Cut Pro. This will be a very quick demo, not really intended for you to follow the action. We'll use some footage from a documentary called Running The Sahara. Let's first get to Final Cut Pro. I have it open in the background, so let me Command+Tab to select Final Cut Pro and there is the Running The Sahara project.
This is a pretty standard Final Cut Pro project. On the video side, we have lots of b- roll, we have some sound bites here, and some graphics including lower thirds and some titles. On the audio side we have our voiceover and then we have the audio from the interviews. So let's send this to Soundtrack Pro, we can right-click on the Sequence icon in the browser and choose Send To > Soundtrack Pro Multitrack Project. Select that. We have the Save dialog wanting us to save this in what I've already created as a Sent Files folder.
Click Save on that, Soundtrack Pro opens up, there is our project. Let me arrange the screen a little bit. I'll Shift+Z to see the whole thing. Here we have our video track. It is a reference movie. Here is our Narrator and here is the first half of our interviews, so I scroll down here, there is the other side. We need to add a track for the music. Undo that by pressing Command+T to add the track and there it is down there. So I can see all of the tracks, I'm going to reduce the size of the tracks.
I do that by pressing Command+6 to get to the smaller track size. Now this way I can see all of my audio tracks here. The little blue line here represents the video track. I don't really need to see the blue line here. I'm more interested in the audio. In the right pane over here, and we'll get to all of the panes and what they mean. But down here in the browser, this works very much like the Finder on your computer. You can search your hard drive and external hard drives and things like that. We're concerned with the Search tab. Clicking on the Search tab reveals a plethora of sound effects and music beds and loops and all kinds of stuff.
You will be amazed at what you can find in here. I have searched in the Music Beds for a cut called Africa, really anything relating to Africa. There happens to be a cut called Africa. I'm going to drag this up into our new track and spot it like that. This happens to be a 5.1 surround sound mix. So that's pretty cool that we can mix stereo and 5.1 on the same timeline. I'm going to reduce the volume of this, because I know it's going to be very loud. I'm going to take it down to about -25, because it's pretty loud.
Notice that the music does extend beyond this red end Project Marker. It's very easy to adjust that. Scrolling down here to on the end of it, I'm going to click on the end of the music and just slide it, very much like resizing in Final Cut Pro. And then draw a little, bitty fade on the end here. Let's draw a little, bitty fade on the beginning and let's play this, shall we? Hitting the Spacebar to play. (Music Playing).
(Male Speaker: It's the most unforgiving place on Earth.) (Male Speaker: Over 3.5 million square miles of vast wilderness.) (Male Speaker: It's the Sahara Desert.) (Male Speaker: With people and cultures as unpredictable as the landscape.) (Male Speaker 2: Running 50 miles a day... It's the challenge. It's going the distance.) (Male Speaker 3: Actually, it's never been done. No one's ever run that far.) (Male Speaker 4: That will be tough.) (Male Speaker 4: It's a mental thing.) (Male Speaker 1: Imagine running 50 miles per day for more than 100 days.) (Male Speaker 1: An unprecedented personal challenge.) (Male Speaker 1: Three ultra runners, good friends, test physical strength and mental toughness...) (Male Speaker 1: ...running across the entire Sahara Desert.) (Male Speaker 1: Directed by James Moll, a personal and compelling journey into the world's most mysterious wilderness.) And then it will loop back to the beginning.
So we're very happy with that. Command+S to save this, just to make sure that our work doesn't go away, should anything happen. Now, let's send it back to Final Cut Pro. We do that by going up to the File menu and choosing Export. This dialog opens up and it gives us some things to do. We can save it as the name of the project. Let's find our Sent Files and keep that name as the name of the project, our Chapter 1 RoundTrip (sent). We'll call it that, but it has to be an AIF file.
So we'll select this AIF, we'll tell it to stay at 16 Bit, 48 k, and then after Export, we want it to send the files to the Final Cut Pro Sequence. So we'll select that. Now when I click Export, it's going to say, Oh! You have to use the AIF extension. So we'll do that. Let me uncheck the Hide Extension, and see it's already added the AIF. Let me get rid of the STMP and then now I can click Export and it exports it and then opens up Final Cut Pro.
Here is the Import. We tell it yes, I want to do that. Click on that. It imports it. Over here, now we have a new sequence called Ch1RoundTrip (sent), double-click on that and here is our sequence. I'll do Shift+Z to see the whole thing. This is the sequence just like we had before. Here's our new mixed sound track and down below disabled are all of the files that we originally sent over, untouched. They're still intact. Don't worry if you missed a step during this quick round trip. We'll look much closer at all of these steps during this course.
- Editing an audio file with a non-destructive workflow
- Analyzing and fixing problems in a mix with processing tools
- Setting multitrack preferences for a stable import
- Recording multiple takes and using the Multitake Editor to create a final file
- Creating a usable song from the provided music loops
- Mastering multitrack projects and exporting a master mix
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: In the “Introducing the editor” video, the instructor says to Ctrl-click on a sound clip in the Final Cut Pro timeline and select Send to > Soundtrack Pro Audio File Project. On my screen, the option is grayed out and cannot be selected. How can this be fixed?
A: It is possible that a problem occurred when the software was installed. Uninstalling and then reinstalling the Final Cut studio could fix the problem.