4. December 5, 2016

Meeting #4


General Information

  • iVIE 2017
  • Project LIVE Master Class 3: Color Correction in FCPX [3:30, Monday, January 23, Pine Room]. Some simple color correction can make a BIG difference in the look of any project. See an example here.
  • Project LIVE music video project due by February 1. More later on what to do with it.
  • EYMF 2017
    • eymf.eusd.org
    • Categories
      • Photography
      • Audio Storytelling
      • Class/Individual Video
    • Submissions: March 27-May 7
    • Show: May 30 in BIG theater, CCAE

    Final Cut Pro X: Working with Audio



    • Good Audio: Here are a few (free) tutorials that you may find useful (esp. #2):
    • Your best defense is to capture the best audio you can when you're filming. Here are a few tips:
      • Use the best microphone you have access to
      • Keep the microphone as close to the subject as possible. For instance, for an interview, put the camera as close as possible and then zoom out to get the composition you want. Or better yet, put the microphone on a boom pole so you can put the camera anywhere.
      • Limit to any extent possible ambient noise (traffic, air conditioning, class chatter, etc.). One thing you can usually do is record so the microphone is pointing away from ambient distractions (e.g. camera person's back is towards the traffic noise).
      • Especially outside, use a windscreen if you have one for your microphone
    • Accessories for VO recording

      • Audio Meters
        • Click on the small meter next to timecode readout or:
          • Command-Shift-8/Window > Show/Hide Audio Meters
        • Suggested targets:
          • Before starting, set your laptop's VOLUME to what you consider appropriate by listening to a professionally recorded source (e.g. iTunes music or movie trailers)
          • -12 db average for dialog/voice over
          • -6 db average for everything: voice, sfx, music
          • Make sure what you want to be prominent is
      • Audio in the Storyline
        • Listen carefully with good headphones
        • R= Range Tool; drag a selection with it and lower the selected portion to duck audio; Shift-click any keyframes you want to move
        • Control-+ [plus]=Raise audio of selected clip(s) 1 db
        • Control-- [minus]=Lower audio of selected clip(s) 1 db
      • Channel Configuration
        • If you are getting one-sided audio (left or right ear only), try setting to Dual Mono
        • You can active/deactivate audio components here
      • Audio Enhancements
        • Equalization: experiment but use sparingly
        • Audio Analysis
          • Always listen with best headphones 
          • Loudness can be worth a try
          • Be very selective with Background Noise Removal; make sure it still sounds natural; decrease amount if necessary
          • Hum Removal may help with low frequency noise like AC
      • Effects
        • For voiceover and dialog, try adding Compressor effect set to one of the Voice presets (e.g. Presets > 04 Voice > Vocal Compressor 1)
        • Experiment (carefully) with other presets
      • Record Voice Over= Command-Control-R (Window > Record Voice Over)
        • Set Input (microphone)
        • Adjust gain so it goes close to, but never into, the red
        • Mute project so its audio won't be recorded, too (or use headphones)
        • Create Auditions from takes


      Motion: Transitions

      • Creating a Transition 
        • New Transition project (2:00 seconds, Broadcast HD 1080p)
        • Extend red/green placeholders length of project
        • Library > Replicators > Blocks Left Down In
        • Resize to cover whole frame: Shift-Option-Corner Drag
        • Select Transition A (green) > Object > Add Image Mask [Command-Shift-M] > Subtract
        • Drag Replicator to Image Mask well
        • Check 1st frame [green] and last frame [red]
        • Publish Origen and Build Style parameters
        • Project > Properties > Override FCP
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