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Michael Lynch
Imported audio levels 8-10dB lower in FCPX...
on Feb 2, 2015 at 7:02:45 pm

Original audio recorded at -10 to -12 in XDCAM.

Opening file in FCP3 - audio levels average -12.

Open the same file in FCPX audio levels are -20 to -30.

This is a real pain when outputting the master file. I need to make a compound clip and boost the audio level all the way and lucky to get -18dB.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Noah Kadner
Re: Imported audio levels 8-10dB lower in FCPX...
on Feb 2, 2015 at 7:23:35 pm

Are you playing them out in stereo or in dual mono? FCP3 defaults to dual mono while FCPX defaults to summed stereo- perhaps your two channels are phasing each other down a bit.

Noah

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Michael Lynch
Re: Imported audio levels 8-10dB lower in FCPX...
on Feb 2, 2015 at 8:08:55 pm

Footage comes in as 4 mono (there is no dual mono option).
Was recorded as XDCAM:
input 1 = lav,
input 2 =empty
input 3 = onboard L
input 4 = onboard R

Of course I'm only concerned with the LAV on track 1.

If I change from "four mono" to "two stereo" then one of the tracks (the one with the lav mic) hits the proper levels - but is panned to one side. The other side seems to be the onboard mic.
Right clicking and opening in the timeline and disabling or deleting all but the target track seems to work. A lot of steps though.

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Imported audio levels 8-10dB lower in FCPX...
on Feb 2, 2015 at 8:45:05 pm

[Michael Lynch] "Right clicking and opening in the timeline and disabling or deleting all but the target track seems to work. A lot of steps though."

Do this in the browser and inspector before the clips hit the timeline.

Select them all, open the inspector, change the audio config (I'd suggest 4 mono), turn off everything you don't need. Then edit.

Jeremy


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Dave Brandt
Re: Imported audio levels 8-10dB lower in FCPX...
on Feb 3, 2015 at 9:55:20 pm

as Jeremy said, but also change the pan mode to stereo l/r if it is set to none. I found this makes a big difference in dual mono recordings which always default to none, and even if i raise the gain to max it will only hit -6db if set to "none", in stereo pan mode it operates as expected.

Dave

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