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Debbie Hess
Need to export audio as Stereo Pair and can't
on Apr 29, 2016 at 1:43:38 pm

Hello, I have a feature length film that is failing QC because they tell me it is mono stereo (same info in both tracks and not true stereo) I am using final cut pro 7 and they tell me when using final cut you MUST check the stereo pair under the MODIFY tab. True, it is there, but it is always greyed out. Why would this be? Any help would be appreciated.


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Nick Meyers
Re: Need to export audio as Stereo Pair and can't
on Apr 29, 2016 at 2:02:51 pm

you have to have a clip selected for this to work.
what sort of audio is in your timeline?


nick


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Debbie Hess
Re: Need to export audio as Stereo Pair and can't
on Apr 29, 2016 at 2:18:58 pm

Hi Nick, there are dialogue, music and effects mostly, the dialogue is on one line, music on another effects on another. What we had been doing was going to the export file and just choosing stereo as the audio, but it is being exported as mono stereo and not true stereo.


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Nick Meyers
Re: Need to export audio as Stereo Pair and can't
on Apr 29, 2016 at 2:44:42 pm

well, do you have any true stereo sounds in the timeline?

is the music one track only?
or two tracks?

if two, then maybe the stereo pair has become unlike, and panned to the centre, somehow.
that can be rectified:
select the clip,
hit option command L
then LISTEN TO IT!
look at the audio meters: are the two lines moving a bit differently?

however if its one track, then that can't (of course) be stereo.
you can run it though soundtrack pro and add a "make-steroe" filter to it.
(that's not it's real name, i can't remember it at the moment)

do you have stereo atmosphere tracks, that also may have been panned to the centre?

so it seems like you haven't done a proper sound mix outside of FCP?
i guess you've done a good job to only have the mix rejected on the non-stereo factor.

but you might need to add some stereo atmospheres,
and fix your music


nick


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Nick Meyers
Re: Need to export audio as Stereo Pair and can't
on Apr 29, 2016 at 2:46:55 pm

DONT pan the dialogue or narration!
leave all talking panned to the centre.


nick


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Debbie Hess
Re: Need to export audio as Stereo Pair and can't
on Apr 29, 2016 at 2:52:36 pm

Nick does dialogue need to be always panned to the center then? And yes, there are some true stereo tracks on there, a very few of the music is mono only however. BUT, the dialogue being centered is ok then?


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Nick Meyers
Re: Need to export audio as Stereo Pair and can't
on Apr 29, 2016 at 3:08:09 pm
Last Edited By Nick Meyers on Apr 29, 2016 at 9:51:39 pm

"does dialogue need to be always panned to the centre"

pretty much always.
the main use of stereo sound in dialogue tracks is for reverbs, to define a space


"there are some true stereo tracks on there"
well why is you mix being rejected as mono?

is the music really stereo in the timeline?
is it still stereo on your export?

you may still need stereo atmospheres (unless you have wall to wall music)


"very few of the music is mono only"
make them stereo, unless they are really supposed to be mono: a tinny music track come from a radio, say
you'd need to use Soundtrack Pro for this.
it's easier that it might seem. all the effects have good presets.


"BUT, the dialogue being centered is ok then?"
more than OK, kind of essential except in very rare cases.


nick


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