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Old February 28th, 2004, 11:49 AM   #1
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importing aiff files

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I have five voiceover aiff audio files on CD that I need to bring into FCP. What is the process for doing that? Insert CD into drive and save to my Mac HD?
In other words, what is the correct way to save these files and ultimately import them into my FCP browser? I imagine it's fairly basic but I just want to get it right.

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Old February 28th, 2004, 11:56 AM   #2
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If it's an AIFF file, probably copy it over to your hard drive in the folder where you FCP project is in. This way if you eject the CD you still get the file, and it may make things easier to archive. Drag the file from your CD drive to wherever.

If the AIFF isn't already 48khz sampling rate then you should convert it first before importing.

If your CD is an audio CD then rip the CD into 48khz AIFF.

I can't think of any other details you may have to look out for.
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Old February 28th, 2004, 01:35 PM   #3
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You shouldn't have to convert it to 48khz. FCP will do that for you by rendering the audio, and it does it VERY fast.
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Old February 28th, 2004, 04:09 PM   #4
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Not converting everything to 48khz AIFF seems to mess up a lot of people.
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Old February 28th, 2004, 04:30 PM   #5
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Hmmmm... maybe I'm doing something wrong. I wanna have problems, too! My sequences are always set to 48Khz and that is what the camera audio is. I import an AIFF from a CD, some sound effects that are 8-bit 22020Hz, all unconverted an everything plays back perfectly in real time, no rendering or beeping. I will mixdown the audio before export but that's about it.
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Old February 28th, 2004, 05:11 PM   #6
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I get audio hiccups if I don't convert to 48khz.
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Old February 28th, 2004, 06:12 PM   #7
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Segmenting audio

Thanks for the help with that question. Next, is there an easy way to break down an entire voiceover read into individual clips/reads, each clip to be used at given points throughout my piece. I suppose I could drag the clip into the timeline and divide it up there. Is there a faster in/out point setting method I could use?

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Old February 28th, 2004, 09:27 PM   #8
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Well you could always use PeakDV (included with FCP) to break the audio into separate files, but that would probably be more time consuming than doing what you suggest in the timeline. If you have several different takes on each item read, then it would be beneficial to break them up in Peak or Sound Forge first.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 01:42 AM   #9
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correct

use an audio app for audio and a video app for video.

meaning--> use Peak, not FCP.
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Old March 8th, 2004, 04:18 AM   #10
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use a mac and get Amadeus II
http://www.hairersoft.com/Amadeus.html
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