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Old June 23rd, 2005, 06:19 AM   #1
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Sound clicks in final FCP movie?

Hello all,

I have this weird problem in FCP 5 that I can't quite figure out. I arranged my sequence in the timeline, and I wanted to have some background music. So I picked up an MP3 (yes, that sounds rookie already... I AM a FCP rookie) file and dragged it onto the timeline, aligning it with the footage.

Problem i that when I render the composition to burn the thing onto DVD, the soundtrack has regular clicks and cracks, and I really can't figure out what I did wrong. Is importing MP3's a BAD THING in FCP5? Did anyone experience this already?

Thanks in advance,

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Old June 23rd, 2005, 07:28 AM   #2
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try converting it to 48khz aiff or wav
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 07:32 AM   #3
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Conversion

I'll try that this evening and then come back to you..

If it works (and I believe it will) , it'll sound just too weird...

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Old June 23rd, 2005, 10:58 AM   #4
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Hugo,

I have had similar problems with MP3 files. i always go with AIF. Are you using the HDV format for your sequence or something else? I am encountering audio problems with that format and AIF files.
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Old June 24th, 2005, 03:39 AM   #5
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Yap,

Converting to AIF made it work.

Strange thing that the direct-from-mp3 convertion was bumpy...

Thanks

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Old December 14th, 2005, 09:50 PM   #6
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48khz is where it's at.

Your problem was almost certainatly caused by that fact that what you pulled from iTunes was ripped from a CD - the standard sampling rate for which is 44.1khz.

FCP, however, insists on 48khz AIF files. Happily, the advanced importing options in iTunes allow you to rip at 48khz, and save the tracks as AIFs.

As far as I know, there isn't a way to transform a track already in iTunes, but if you haven't got the original disc, you can always burn the tracks you want to an audible CD, then re import. at 48khz. I've done this with minimal loss to the audio quality.

Hope this helps.
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Old December 17th, 2005, 03:36 AM   #7
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As far as I know, there isn't a way to transform a track already in iTunes...
If you right/control click on a track in iTunes you'll see a "convert selection to XXX". XXX is whatever your current import settings are. So, for example, if you wanted to convert an existing track to 48k AIFF then you change your iTunes import settings to 48k AIFF the control/right click on the track(s) you want to convert and select the "convert selection to AIFF" option.


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Old December 17th, 2005, 04:13 AM   #8
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I had the same problems importing. However, I set my importing preferences under "Preference in iTunes menu" to AIFF encoder and 48.000 kHz. Go to iTuns memnu and pick Prefertence. Then click on Advanced. Choose AIFF encoder in 'Import Using" and in "Settings" pick 48.000 kHz. Then whenever yoiu download or import audio or conmvert an existing file it will convert and import it to AIFF/48kHz. No problems since then.
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