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Old March 5th, 2009, 02:27 PM   #1
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How do I get a music track...

Hi guys,

I have a timeline(checkerboard) for a piece i am editing in fcp. I am trying to figure out quickly what's the best way to get music from sound track pro into my timeline? Or do I have to send the multitrack project to stp and then add music? I am used to working in a linear fashion and this stuff is relatively new to me. i would use a cd but it's for a commercial client and i have to go the royalty free route.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Old March 5th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #2
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If I understand it, you have an exeternal audio file you want to import to your timeline? If it's a royalty free track from a cd, just copy the track (aiff or wave) to your computer and import it into final cut like any other file. If you are editing it in Soundtrack and want to save it, file>save as> make it aiff or wave, sample rate to match your timeline (hdv typically 48 khz 16 bit) and save it to your computer, import into fcp.

If you are exporting a timeline audio to soundtrack to work on it, when you save it it automatically saves back to your timeline. Maybe I'm missing something in your question?

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Old March 5th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #3
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actually

I have a project and no external music, i want to grab something from sound track pro and dump it into my project so i can edit picture to it. No sure how or if I can do this? Have no other choice right now. I just need to get a bed into the timeline so i can cut video to it.



any ideas?

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Old March 5th, 2009, 04:16 PM   #4
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If you want to use the Soundtrack loops to make your own track, set your loops up in multitrack mode, then file>export, select your file type, bit depth, sample rate, etc in the window that opens, save the file then import it into final cut. Or you have the option in the "after export" window to send it direct to final cut or itunes, etc. Safer, I think, to save the file and import it, ymmv. // bvaughan
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Old March 5th, 2009, 08:57 PM   #5
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If you already have the video edited, and you want to score the music to the video, then you could also select your sequence in the browser and go to File -> Send To... -> Soundtrack Pro Multitrack Project.

That will send open up your edited sequence from Final Cut in Soundtrack Pro. Obviously, you won't be able to make changes to the editing of the video from within Soundtrack, but you can view the video that you've already edited. Being able to see the video really comes in handy when you want to have music that matches up with hit points in the video.
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Old March 5th, 2009, 10:03 PM   #6
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I just go to the library and when I find what I want, right click and choose reveal in finder. Drop the .caf file into FCP and I'm dealing with the audio in an application I actually understand.
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garageband is also a fun option for creating soundtracks.
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Old March 6th, 2009, 10:10 AM   #8
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I just go to the library and when I find what I want, right click and choose reveal in finder. Drop the .caf file into FCP and I'm dealing with the audio in an application I actually understand.
Great tip, James, thanks! /bvaughan
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