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Robert Dyson
Lining up events to audio (bars, beats)
on Jul 12, 2011 at 3:17:14 pm

Hello,

I'm a FCP newbie, assembling a video with elements that need to line up with a soundtrack. What's my best approach? An additional timeline would do the trick (one indicating bars and beats after setting a tempo) but that doesn't appear to be an option.

Thanks in advance for any feedback!
Rob


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Adam McCune
Re: Lining up events to audio (bars, beats)
on Jul 12, 2011 at 4:05:37 pm

Some have used the audio as the "base" inserting that into the timeline first and working from there. Seems to be the best approach.

Writer/Radio host/Community Media Advocate


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Rick Lang
Re: Lining up events to audio (bars, beats)
on Jul 12, 2011 at 4:29:51 pm

You can add markers to Event clips or in the Project storyline. As suggested it may be appropriate to add the audio clip as the primary storyline.

There’s no automated detection of beats, but you can add (and adjust if needed) markers on the fly as the audio plays. It may not be as bad as it sounds assuming the audio isn’t an hour long.

http://help.apple.com/finalcutpro/mac/10.0/#verf3fd3b5c

Rick Lang

iMac 27” 2.8GHz i7 16GB


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C. Park Seward
Re: Lining up events to audio (bars, beats)
on Jul 12, 2011 at 4:36:50 pm

Izzy shows how to use Markers for music beats. Free video.

http://www.izzyvideo.com/final-cut-pro-x-tutorial/6-using-markers-in-final-...

Best,
Park


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Robert Dyson
Re: Lining up events to audio (bars, beats)
on Jul 12, 2011 at 6:02:00 pm

Thank you all for your responses! I'm using markers as the audio is only 30 seconds long. Lining up isn't nearly as painful as I expected.

Rob


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Keith Koby
Re: Lining up events to audio (bars, beats)
on Jul 14, 2011 at 2:17:19 am

One of my editors does this all the time and it is a great method.

cheers,
Keith

Keith Koby
Sr. Director Post-Production Engineering
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