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irene litapop
automatic duck / protools import workflow
on Aug 17, 2012 at 8:57:19 pm

I'm trying to bring OMFs from protools into FCP 7.

Before people yell at me that my workflow is bad (I've read through some pretty rude old threads where people yell at filmmakers that they should never want to bring import an OMF -only export after picture lock), I should explain that I have a very collaborative remote process with my sound designer, and I am very creatively involved in thinking about sound decisions with her. Basically I send her rough draft video sequences out of FCP, she puts then in Pro Tools and brainstorms / makes a rough sound design sketch... and what I would like would be to be able to pull the OMF back into Final Cut so that I can play through / tweak individual tracks and sounds separately instead of just having a single mixed down aiff. This is just how we work together - lots of back and forth - so please don't shout at me about this.

So... I've installed automatic duck and am trying to test out how it works to import an OMF, but am running into some problems (which makes me think I don't understand the process well enough yet - I don't really work with Pro Tools myself, so there's probably stuff I'm not understanding).

First, when I do the import, it tells me "The frame rate of the selected sequence preset
was inconsistent with the frame rate of the selected file." What do I need to do to fix this? And how do I even find out what the framerate of the OMF file is?

And, second, when after it does the import anyhow, all the audio files are offline. So... I guess just having my sound designer send the OMF isn't enough? Does she also need to send me media files to relink? When I work with her I just send her an OMF and that seems to work for her, but on my end it's not working.

Thanks for any advice...

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Michael Gissing
Re: automatic duck / protools import workflow
on Aug 19, 2012 at 11:10:01 pm

OMFs can be made as a single file with embedded media or a a reference file with external media. It sounds like you are getting the file without media so it is offline. Your sound person needs to send embedded media or in Auto Duck you need to point the software to a folder with the media.

Frame rate is a problem. That message suggests your sound designer is using a different frame rate to the original sequence or your Easy Setup is at a different frame rate.

The other potential problem is that a lot of things don,t get translated by an OMF like clip eq and effects and sometimes dynamic gain. Also FCP is a video editor so the imported OMF will shift sub frame audio to frame boundaries, totally altering subtle dialogue and effects edits. Finally crossfades done in Protocols will also be reinterpreted so again you will have an altered version of the finnesed audio edits done in Protocols.

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