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Adam Berch
Locking an Audio or Video Track
on Sep 13, 2015 at 7:22:34 pm

If I am editing a music video and I lay my audio down on the timeline, How can I "Lock" the audio so when I start putting my video clips down on it, the audio won't move down the timeline?

Thanks


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John Rofrano
Re: Locking an Audio or Video Track
on Sep 13, 2015 at 7:41:58 pm

[Adam Berch] "How can I "Lock" the audio so when I start putting my video clips down on it, the audio won't move down the timeline?"
One way is to drop the audio onto the primary story line and add the video as connected clips. This will make the audio the master story you are telling and the video will just be connected to it as needed. You can make the video a secondary story line if you need to add transitions and such.

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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Locking an Audio or Video Track
on Sep 13, 2015 at 9:15:08 pm

Hey Adam,

Just replied to another post of yours and mentioned I'd worked with another editor who was really being slowed down by trying to work in FCPX as if it were fcp7. His mistake was not thinking of the actual music track as the primary story and therefore the thing that belonged in the primary storyline that everything else was connected to.

Think of the primary storyline as the main narrative of the edit, which could be the music in a music video, or a voice over for a tvc, or a talking head interview that you're going to put b-roll over. Once you start from that, the magnetic timeline is your friend and the rest of X just falls into place.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Bill Davis
Re: Locking an Audio or Video Track
on Sep 14, 2015 at 4:36:33 pm
Last Edited By Bill Davis on Sep 14, 2015 at 4:39:46 pm

If you want to do this AND keep the magnetic primary open to make your visual editing easier: try this.

Start by inserting a Gap Clip in a fresh storyline. - (Option-W)
Zoom in (Command +) and then make the Gap Clip really small. (1 frame if you like!)
Then go to your music clip in the browser and with your playhead ON the gap - tap Q to add the music as a connected clip to your short gap clip at the head of your storyline.

Bingo.

FIxed music track AND a magnetic primary to use for video manipulation.

As long as you leave the initial gap clip alone - your music stays pinned at the head in sync to your visuals while you edit.

ProTip: Use the Trim mode (tap T) to roll instead of ripple your primary as much as you can - that way you don't push downstream edits that might be "beat connected" out of sync.

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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Locking an Audio or Video Track
on Sep 14, 2015 at 7:04:10 pm

I'm an avid follower of Bill's sage advice but adding a gap clippers the start and a secondary storyline with the audio track is, to me at least, a faulty clunky way of doing things and a bit of a throwback to the tracks of fcp7 days. It's also the approach the friend I mentioned took that left him struggling with the magnetic timeline.

It's definitely a good approach for music in a corporate edit though.

For a music video you really want visuals locked to a certain beat, not shifting around - so by making the music track the primary storyline, your connected clips stay where you put 'em, and jump out of the way as new material you add collides with what's there. If you have two or more clips that belong together, use a secondary storyline to group them so the can be edited and moved as one unit.

I find it an incredibly fast way to work on a music video but your mileage may vary, as they say.

Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer | Southern Creative Media | Melbourne Australia
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Bill Davis
Re: Locking an Audio or Video Track
on Sep 15, 2015 at 5:11:38 pm

For many editors, Jeffs suggestions will help them get the "non-magnetic" workflow that will make th feel more comfortable - and that's great. Edit how you prefer - there is no "wrong" - only what works best for you.
That said, if I want a more "fixed" approach - I'm more likely to just drag my initial gap clip out the whole length of the music, Q connect my scenes as secondaries - then when I have those sync decisions made, use the Opt-Command Down Arrow to drop those into my primary. The only issue is that then you have to check carefully to make sure you didn't leave flash frames or other artifacts from sloppy "non magnetic" clip positioning in the connected clips. You can also work in "blocks" using connected secondaries pinned to music cues and drop those down as a group using opt-command down arrow. It's all about the workflow that feels best to each editor!

Know someone who teaches video editing in elementary school, high school or college? Tell them to check out http://www.StartEditingNow.com - video editing curriculum complete with licensed practice content.


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