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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #53

Soundtrack Pro Round Trip By Stephen Schleicher

If you havent incorporated Soundtrack Pro into your Final Cut Pro workflow, you should really give it a chance.  In this Final Cut Pro Quick Tip, Ill show you the process and show you how easy it can be to enhance your audio tracks.

It all begins in Final Cut Pro.  Knock yourself out and edit your sequence until it is as perfect as it can be.

While you can do some audio tweaking, remember you will be doing your refining and cleaning up in Soundtrack Pro.  Dont add any filters or effects to the audio tracks in your Timeline.  Feel free to add audio scoring markers where desired.

When your sequence is ready, select it in the Browser Window and from the File menu select Send To > Soundtrack Pro Multitrack Project.

This generate as STMP file that will then launch and open Soundtrack Pro.

As you can see, the audio tracks come in fine, as does a video track but there are a few problems with this current setup.  First, none of the scoring markers came in making it rather difficult placing elements you so meticulously set in your editing timeline.  Second, if you had any effects (fades, dissolves, and so on) applied to your video track, these are not brought in as part of the video track.  Why is this important? Well if you need to add an groovy effect during a transition, you are sort of out of luck there. 

Likewise, if you have applied a temporary audio filter to any of the audio tracks, those will not translate either.  The good news is the two Final Cut Pro Cross Fade transitions do import correctly into Soundtrack Pro.

Since you are bringing your file into Soundtrack Pro, the issue of temporary audio filters not importing should be a non-issue.  I think using the audio filters in Soundtrack Pro is a more user friendly experience anyway.

But the scoring markers and video transitions are an issue that you can solve by taking one additional step.


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