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Matthew Slaughter
Importing WAV, mp4, m4a files into FCPX correctly?
on Aug 28, 2015 at 1:36:58 am

Quick question –
And yes, I’ve searched for the answer but it’s thus far not turned up anywhere:
I am cutting a video clip. I don’t want to introduce any more loss to the source audio than is absolutely necessary. When I import a .wav file into my project / event, the audio is squishy and weird sounding. The same thing happens when I import a high bitrate .m4a or .mp4m, so I presume the issue isn’t to do with the .wav.
When I look at the import options window, all of the options presume it’s video being imported ask me about frame rate and resolution, but nothing about audio quality preferences.
I’m sure there’s a simple thing I am missing but when I search anywhere (inc youtube) for “import” or “importing” “audio” etc for FCPX, I get nothing that explains the correct process....
Any help appreciated!
Thanks


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John Fishback
Re: Importing WAV, mp4, m4a files into FCPX correctly?
on Aug 28, 2015 at 3:10:02 pm

I'be never tried importing a .m4a or .mp4m, but wavs have always worked. The wav should be 16 or 24 bit 48kHz. There are no quality selections needed. If you export the clip is it still squishy? If so, post an example so we can hear it. If the audio is stereo it's possible you're hearing phase shift for some reason. Where'd the wav come from?


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Importing WAV, mp4, m4a files into FCPX correctly?
on Aug 28, 2015 at 11:10:18 pm
Last Edited By Jeff Kirkland on Aug 28, 2015 at 11:11:25 pm

I've never had a problem with a WAV, and even though it's rare I'd use an M4a or MP3 I don't recall ever having any issues - FCPX sees them as audio files and just plays 'em back as expected.

I have no idea what makes an mp4m so can't comment on that.

The OP mentioned that they're showing up in the browser as movie rather than audio files so I'd suspect there's something wrong the files themselves that's causing FCPX to misinterpret them.

My suggestion would be to run them through an audio editor and spit them out as 48khz WAV files first. Hopefully that would clean up any source file weirdness.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Matthew Slaughter
Re: Importing WAV, mp4, m4a files into FCPX correctly?
on Aug 29, 2015 at 3:50:45 am

Ok. Thanks guys. Buuuut...

1. It's my .WAV file. I'm a musician and this is my track. I have it in all formats and have tried pretty much all of them.
2. It is still squishy when I share the video to master file.
3. I have tried a 16-48 iteration and it is doing exactly the same thing.

I would have thought that search terms such as "how" + "create" +"music video" or "how import audio correctly" etc would at some stage turn up a simple guide somewhere for how to properly import lossless audio (or *any* audio, for that matter) into FCP, but seriously, I can't find one single guide anywhere which explains this... I am not a pro, so surely I am missing something real obvious!


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Importing WAV, mp4, m4a files into FCPX correctly?
on Aug 29, 2015 at 6:44:40 am

There's no guide for importing audio because it just works. There's nothing special to do. It's 100% rock solid. Well, maybe 99.99% because you are having issues - but your issue is an issue and not the normal way FCPX works.

Have you tried a known good audio file from somewhere else - which is to say a WAV file not created by you on your computer? maybe download something and import that. Or maybe get someone else to import a sample of your audio into FCPX and see what happens there.

The thing to do is try and isolate whether the issue is with the files, the Operating system (QuickTime/AV foundation) or with FCPX.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Matthew Slaughter
Re: Importing WAV, mp4, m4a files into FCPX correctly?
on Aug 29, 2015 at 8:14:32 am

The source audio file is not the problem.
It has been professionally mastered, I've had CDs factory pressed etc.
The audio file, in ANY format, plays fine ion VLC, quicktime, iTunes, via my iPhone, my Fiio X3, my CD player, band camp etc.

The problem is within FCPX, and it must be something to do with how I am importing it in terms of settings because surely FCPX can't get this kind of thing wrong.


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Importing WAV, mp4, m4a files into FCPX correctly?
on Aug 29, 2015 at 9:27:31 am

That's the point. There are no settings, and FCPX doesn't get that kind of thing wrong. If there's an issue its with the files you're importing or with your particular installation of FCPX.

Anyway, I've made some suggestions that could help diagnose your issue, and the old saying about leading horses to water comes to mind, so I'll leave it In your capable hands.

Hopefully you'll find an answer.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Matthew Slaughter
Re: Importing WAV, mp4, m4a files into FCPX correctly?
on Aug 30, 2015 at 12:11:06 am

Thanks again.
Well, I've managed to test out at least one thing you suggested -
It sure as heck isn't a problem with my own music.
I just imported a 24/88 version of my track and it works fine.
I still have no idea why there was a problem in the first place, but there is no longer a squelchy audio track happening....


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Importing WAV, mp4, m4a files into FCPX correctly?
on Aug 30, 2015 at 10:33:38 am

Good to hear :-)

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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