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Daniel Monskey
Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Jan 23, 2015 at 10:18:40 pm

I am working with FCP 7.0.3 on a Mac Pro with OS 10.7.5
The audio volume jumps up and down at various spots (usually where there is a space between audio clips).
I have already attempted to resolve the issue by:
-shutting the system down and rebooting
-opening the project back up
-creating a new sequence
-reimporting the music all over again

It still continues to happen.
I have output in Compressor and it fails every time. Quicktime is where I get the audio glitches and I've tried this 1/6 a dozen times.
Any ideas?
Dan

Daniel Monskey


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Jan 23, 2015 at 10:29:40 pm

Go to the FCP Render Manager. Find your project. Delete all the audio render files. In the timeline, select all and do a new audio render.

See how it workds.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Nick Meyers
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Jan 24, 2015 at 4:24:10 am

also,, what format are the music files?

MP3 or AAC will cause weird unpredictable problems in FCP 7 and under,
they have to be converted to AIFF or WAV formats.


nick


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Daniel Monskey
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Jan 26, 2015 at 3:38:26 am

Clearing the audio render files in Render Manager did not clean up my audio issues.
The music selections are AIFF and WAV files to answer Nick's question. I don't get it. Nothing changed at all.
Any other ideas?
Dan

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Nick Meyers
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Jan 26, 2015 at 5:38:58 am

hmm, weird.

so the levels are fine when you play in the timeline, but jumping up and down in your exports?
is your sequence set to a simple stereo output? (check the sequence's settings, Audio Outputs tab)

maybe try an audio mix-down.
check your timeline after you do that, and if OK, try another export.


nick


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Daniel Monskey
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Jan 26, 2015 at 6:18:40 am

What I have done is isolated the tracks whose volume is being affected by the tracks around them---those would be the music tracks---and put them into a separate sequence with nothing around them. They are then independent. I then output them and they came out clean. Next I imported them into the original video project--played them to check for success and output the project in its entirety again. This worked!

As you asked, the tracks originally would jump if I started playing the project at a point 12-15 seconds ahead of the jump point. However, if I just played the video a few seconds ahead of the jump point, it would not jump and play through clean and smooth until the next jump point---and so on and so on.

With these computer problems I've realized over the years sometimes you just have to be smarter than the machine and work around the problems they create with their moody glitches and personalities.

Thanks again Gents for your help. JUst having people out there helps me think of solutions and not to feel isolated and alone.
I appreciate your time and attention helping me resolve my issues.
Dan

Daniel Monskey


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Nick Meyers
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Jan 26, 2015 at 6:27:56 am

as i said.. WEIRD!

which makes me realise that the usual FCP weird-fix has not been mentioned yet...
have you trashed your preferences?
if not, i'd advise it.


nick


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Daniel Monskey
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Jan 26, 2015 at 6:58:39 am

About 6-8 months ago I tried to trash my preferences (after updating my OS to 10.7.5) and I couldn't find the preferences. I inquired about it on an Apple forum and I was told it is not the same anymore and cannot be done without getting a separate program and doing it somehow from outside the system. I decided not to bother and I've since tried to find the FCP preferences with greater search focus. NO luck. I do miss this feature as it resolved a lot of issues.
You think my problem is weird---I think the missing preferences update is weird too.
Thanks for that idea too.
Dan

Daniel Monskey


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Nick Meyers
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Jan 26, 2015 at 7:08:00 am

the prefs are where they always were, and no, you don't need a 3rd party app to deal with them,
although that can help.

what changed is that Apples newer OS's HIDE the Library folder from you.
to get there, go the the finder's menu bar, Go Menu, and hold OPTION. The Library will then be revealed. navigate to:
Home Folder / Library / Preferences / FInal Cut Pro User Data

i like to put the User Data folder into my finder window's side=bar.
makes it dead easy to get there again.
remember when you trash your prefs they will revert to default, and you will have to re-build them.
once you have done that, make a back up.

look into Digital Rebellion's Preference Manager.
i dont use it, but lots do.


nick


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Daniel Monskey
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Jan 26, 2015 at 9:44:11 am

Thanks again Nick! Lots of help!
Dan

Daniel Monskey


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Daniel Monskey
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Feb 4, 2015 at 8:58:59 pm

Hey Nick,
I am trying what you suggested to find the FCP preferences folder but I can't even find the MENU file/tab or anything called MENU to get started. Do I have to have FCP open? That is the only thing I have not tried (but to trash Preferences I have always had the program closed).

"what changed is that Apples newer OS's HIDE the Library folder from you.
to get there, go the the finder's menu bar, Go Menu, and hold OPTION. The Library will then be revealed. navigate to:
Home Folder / Library / Preferences / FInal Cut Pro User Data"


I am having a problem where a segment of audio track will not render.
Dan

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Nick Meyers
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Feb 4, 2015 at 9:47:24 pm

in the finder, look for the GO menu in the menu bar, top of screen.


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Daniel Monskey
Re: Output Project has Audio Volume Jumps
on Feb 4, 2015 at 10:13:46 pm

Found it!!!
Thanks Nick!
Dan

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