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Matt Wilson
Better to adjust clip gain or clip volume during FCPX edit?( if ultimately mixing audio in Audition (or other DAW)?
on Apr 20, 2017 at 7:45:15 am

Hi all,

I was hoping to get some advice from some veterans and those in the know! I'm editing a 2 hr film in FCPX and once the edit is done, I will be taking it into Adobe Audition for the audio mix. As I'm doing my edit in FCPX, if I want a clip louder or quieter, should I be using the gain effect to change a clip's gain, or should I be using the volume adjustment (by sliding the line within the clip)? My goal is to be able to make sure that as I go into Audition, that I have the ability to create the best quality audio, as well as have the most flexibility. ot sure if it's better to adjust gain or volume in this case. Any advice?

Thanks,
Matt


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Matt Wilson
Re: Better to adjust clip gain or clip volume during FCPX edit?( if ultimately mixing audio in Audition (or other DAW)?
on Apr 20, 2017 at 5:36:07 pm

Thanks Noah for feedback.

I was under the impression that the noise reduction capacity in Audition was somewhat better than FCPX, as well as the options to more types of equalizers in Audition. So with that in mind, I was trying to maintain quality as I transfer project from FCPX to Audition so didn't know if gain adjustment is better or level adjustment is better? I also wanted the ability to have all my audio adjustments that I make in FCPX visible when I take the project into Audition, as well as be able to modify them in Audition, so not sure if gain adjustments "bake in"...vs clip volume levels which may stay adjustable?

Thanks!


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Chris Wright
Re: Better to adjust clip gain or clip volume during FCPX edit?( if ultimately mixing audio in Audition (or other DAW)?
on May 7, 2017 at 1:41:24 pm

it comes down to if destructive editing. both do 32 float audio engine but if you do any audio effects that change the fidelity, then the remove noise features won't work as well later on. i.e. any clipping or adding reverb. You might just want to export non-destructively an XML into audition as it has way more features.

I found a nice picture walkthrough for FCP-X with XtoCC tool
https://larryjordan.com/articles/fcp-x-move-files-to-audition/

or with no 3rd party tools using audio only/multitrack quicktime with a video reference file
https://finalcutproxediting.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/exporting-audio-from-f...


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Matt Wilson
Re: Better to adjust clip gain or clip volume during FCPX edit?( if ultimately mixing audio in Audition (or other DAW)?
on May 12, 2017 at 6:05:59 pm

Thanks for the tips Chris. I'm going to be doing all the serious audio work, ,panning, EQ, reverb etc. in Audition so I'll definitely be using one of the software package plugins you recommended. But first I'll be doing the film editing in FCPX, so I wanted to make some basic volume adjustments in FCPX ( such as increase clip volume, use keyframes to increase or decrease parts of a clip's volume, and fades). I was hoping that after I do the FCPX edit, I could bring the audio into Audition, but not have to redo all those volume adjustments, keyframes, and fades all over again in Audition.

So my questions would be - 1) is there any audio quality/fidelity lost by adjusting volume in FCPX and then transferring to Audition?, 2) in FCPX, is it better to use the clip volume adjustment or audio gain effect, if I want to make sure quality/fidelity is fully maintained? , and 3) do all my volume adjustments, keyframes, and fades transfer over to Audition properly using X2PRO or X2CC type of plugin?

Thanks,
Matt


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