As viewers, we are far less forgiving of bad audio than we are of bad images. And even with good microphones, good recorders, good voice talent and good technique, you’ll need to know plenty about audio in FCP X to do a good job. Here are ten ways to help you learn all the tricks hidden deep inside FCP X. Please note that some of these tutorials show the older FCP X interface used before version 10.3, but they’ve still got good information to share.
You probably already know that it’s easy to fade any clip in FCP X. You might not know that it’s also easy to change the way they fade. Check out this video from Dan Allen to find out more.
As originally made popular by Thomas Grove Carter, sometimes you need a reverb effect to run longer than the original audio clip, and it turns out it’s easy to do. Mark and Steve show you how.
Lee Herbet shows you how to use keyframes to remove clicks in audio, how to replace it with room tone, and how the range selection tool can be handy too.
Vimeo Video School have a whole series of tutorials on FCP X, and this one’s all about how to add music and sound. It’s short and sweet, but it’s still a good primer. Note that this tutorial was recorded with an older version of FCP X and the audio tab is now in the top left, but there’s still good basic info here.
Wondering how to take things to the next level? Here’s a quick explanation of how to send audio out to Logic. Note that the latest version of Logic has improved track management and the experience should be even more seamless now.
Dan Allen again, this time showing you how surround mixing works in FCP X. While most of us deal with mono or stereo most of the time, it’s good to be reminded that we can work with 5.1 surround if we need to.
Larry’s clear style is on show here, and even though this tutorial is a few years old, it’s a great basic primer. Be sure to watch with the next video to see what’s changed, though.
Roles changed the way that audio was presented, edited and mixed in FCP X 10.3. If you never got on board with this change, you’re missing out, and Sam Mestman shows Mark Spencer all about the new workflow.
Since the last video was made there have been many changes, not least of which is the introduction of Roles. For an update, Larry’s got it covered here.
Ever wondered what goes into producing a MacBreak Studio episode? Well, who better to show you than Mark and Steve themselves? Info on compression, editing, and other techniques too.
Iain Anderson is an Apple Certified Trainer, videographer, editor, animator, writer, designer and occasional coder based in Brisbane, Australia. http://www.trainingbrisbane.com and @funwithstuff on Twitter.
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