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Nick MarquesTool to Remove Audio Tracks from P2 Footage
by on Apr 16, 2012 at 3:45:56 pm

Hi all,

We shoot with an HPX-500. Sometimes on 3-4 cameras. We use Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 for editing, which is pretty amazing with MXF files.

I am wondering if there is a 3rd party program out there that will remove audio tracks from clips. Why? We usually have a master audio track either multitracked or on a different system. I only need one reference track typically, so the other three tracks that get recorded are just wasting space. Additionally, I think Premiere may try reading all four tracks in the footage whether they are in the sequence or not, which I imagine increases disk activity and slows down performance, especially when there are 4 cameras involved.

Now, I know how I could do this manually by removing the audio track XML data, but I'd have to do that for EVERY XML file.

I do know that if I export MXF from Premiere Pro, I get 2-channel audio.

Any ideas?

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Bill ParsonsRe: Tool to Remove Audio Tracks from P2 Footage
by on May 29, 2012 at 3:43:35 pm

I have an analogue for Final Cut Pro.
When I use this tool to ingest ("Log and Transfer") the footage, I select all the clips to be ingested. At the same time, there is a setting to delete one or more of the audio tracks at ingest time.
There is probably a similar option in your file ingestion tool.

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Nick MarquesRe: Tool to Remove Audio Tracks from P2 Footage
by on May 30, 2012 at 3:41:14 pm

Not exactly. Premiere Pro reads P2 natively, so there is no ingest required. Premiere Pro doesn't re-wrap the data or convert/transcode it. It reads it straight just as it was recorded.

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Dave FelderRe: Tool to Remove Audio Tracks from P2 Footage
by on Jun 11, 2012 at 8:51:47 pm

I don't know anything about removing XML data, that's way above me.

Would it make sense to put all your footage on a timeline, select everything, right-click and "Unlink". Then select just audio tracks 2,3&4 and delete them?

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