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Old July 14th, 2008, 09:44 PM   #1
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Click noise between clips

When I play my timeline (in FCP 6), I hear a little click noise between each cut or clip in the timeline. Is this normal, will the click noise be in my final exported file?
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Old July 14th, 2008, 10:08 PM   #2
 
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One way to eliminate the click is to put a very short(less than 1 sec) fade at the beginning and end of the mating clips.
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Old July 14th, 2008, 10:34 PM   #3
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One way to eliminate the click is to put a very short(less than 1 sec) fade at the beginning and end of the mating clips.
Thanks Bill,
But will that noise always be there whenever i work in FCP? Seems kinda odd.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 06:07 PM   #4
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Anyone have some more info on this? Or do i just simply have to add a .5 second audio fade between EVERY clip from now until eternity!?!?! Thanks for any insight!
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Old July 15th, 2008, 08:25 PM   #5
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No you don't.

It has to do with the audio on that particular footage. Certain background noise will cause a "pop" on hard cuts. Clean audio, voice tracks for example, will almost never pop on cuts. I can cut down music tracks and not get a pop.

A very brief audio transition (3 to 10 frames) will eliminate pops on cuts when needed.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 10:49 PM   #6
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Certain background noise will cause a "pop" on hard cuts. Clean audio, voice tracks for example, will almost never pop on cuts.
Good to know, thanks William. By clean, do you mean audio that has NO loud or grumbling background noise? The "pop" just so happens to be present between footage that was shot on a loud boat with twin engines that never stopped making noise. That would explain the pops then?!
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Old July 16th, 2008, 12:15 AM   #7
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In Vegas there is an option to automatically put a "micro-fade" at the head and tail of all your clips. Does FCP have anything like this?
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Good to know, thanks William. By clean, do you mean audio that has NO loud or grumbling background noise? The "pop" just so happens to be present between footage that was shot on a loud boat with twin engines that never stopped making noise. That would explain the pops then?!
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That's exactly the sort of sound that would do this.

If someone has made a "micro-fade" audio plug-in for FCP, I haven't heard of it.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 01:01 PM   #9
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That's what I do in FCE - if there are any pops or clicks I put in a 'manual micro fade'.
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I'll assume you are using consumer DV footage. Due to the non-locked nature of DV (versus DVCam or DVCPro or JVC's ProDV) audio, occasionally there are "pops" in the audio when clips are butt ended together due to mathematical errors and "overages" in the clip bit allocation. The very brief audio cross fade will take care of this or space JUST the audio 1 frame apart rather than "butt ending" clips.
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If you expand the waveform until you see the wave cross the x-axis of the plot and cut at the crossing point, you'll minimize the chances for a click.
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I'll assume you are using consumer DV footage.
Hi Shaun,
It's actually HDV footage, thanks for that info. Thanks to everyone else in this thread too, your help is invaluable as always on this forum!
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