I have just delivered a video project to a client. Usually I would make a music track for it, but I was pushed for time, so I looked in the Jungle.
I selected the track I wanted and imported the preview into Final Cut. I spent a while trimming, copy-pasting and key-framing volume changes to fit with the dialogue etc…
The client was happy with it, so I went ahead and bought the licence for it and had an interesting time trying to replace the preview track with the purchased one…
There were two issues. One was to do with the format, and the other was to do with track length… To explain a bit further - those who don’t play much with video editors will have to bear with me a bit - All I wanted to do was to swap out the old preview file with my new un-watermarked version, re-link it and thus avoid having to re-do all my audio edits…
And so I hit my first hurdle. It has to be said at this point that FCPX is not the friendliest video editing software in the world if you actually want to, you know… edit a video… but hey, it’s what we’ve got.
So I re-link the wav/16/44.1 file, but FCPX was looking for an mp3! First problem solved… re-encode the wav as an mp3 file. Done
I figured I was plain sailing at this point, but FCPX still moaned at me. “the re-linked audio must be as long as the original track” it said. (Or more overly complex words to that effect anyway…)
The issue here was that the original preview track had 4 different versions which made it 2 minutes longer than the actual track. I bunged on 2 minutes of silence in sound forge and finally FCPX was mollified. Worked a treat.
I did think to my self after though, I could save my FCPX video editor customers a mild migraine by including what they need in the upload zip.
Let me know if you know whether or not this issue is the same in Adobe Premiere. I’m considering switching over as FCPX angers me even more than Sibelius used to.
It is a really big help for video editors if you include a watermark-free, high quality mp3 of the exact same audio as your preview in the uploaded zip file.