Advanced Animation by Preston Blair

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A multitrack project is very similar to the sequence functionality in Final Cut, but with a focus on audio editing and mixing. No matter what type of Send to Soundtrack you use, the video can be sent along, which makes the process of getting the files into Soundtrack very easy. The third option, Send to Soundtrack Pro Script, uses Applescript technology to allow you to create presets that can then be efficiently applied to multiple clips on your Final Cut timeline. How to use the scripts will be introduced in this chapter even though some of the details of using Soundtrack won’t make sense until later chapters.

Poor choices for backgrounds would include ‘room tone,’ which is typically a fan or air-conditioner. These are the types of sounds (white noise) that most people find annoying. If they were to occur in the production sound, we would normally try to filter them out, so why would you want to add them back in? Occasionally it is necessary to add sounds simply to help smooth out the edits in the production dialog, and sometimes a fan can help that, but typically we try to find more creative elements that add something to the scene as well.

For this reason, many editors will deliberately limit themselves to four tracks. This may be functional for editing picture but, when exporting material, it is necessary to split the tracks to a higher degree. This job of tracksplitting is frequently handled by an assistant editor. In some cases this is a poor choice, as an assistant may have less experience and does not understand the basic concepts necessary for preparing the tracks properly for a sound editor. Once the tracks are prepared, they are typically exported as an OMF (open media framework) file, with media embedded.

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