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Exporting to Pro Tools for Detailed Audio Editing

For more advanced editing of audio tracks, you can export your Final Cut Pro movie and then import it into the ProTools audio editing program, which has a more sophisticated set of audio editing tools.

You even can export you entire Fincal Cut Pro project, including both audio and video, as a QuickTime movie, which then will display the video portion of your movie in Pro Tools along with the audio.

This way you can see how the audio matches up with the video when you edit the audio. And it will help ensure that when you edit the audio it doesn't wind up out of synch with the video.

Then you can export the audio (or audio with video) out of Pro Tools and import it back into Final Cut Pro.

To export just an audio track from Final Cut Pro for editing in Pro Tools, first select the audio track you want to export. Turn off other tracks. Export one stero pair at a time. Or you can export the entire sequence by selecting all of it.

Then in the menu at the top select:

File...Export...Audio to AIFF

Name each track and just use the other default settings, which are Settings Rate: 48 kHz; Depth: 16-but; Config: Channel Group.

Pick a folder on your hard drive or firewire drive to which you want to save the exported audio. You might create a folder named "Exported FCP Audio" for this purpose, so you can keep track of the exported files.

Click on Save.

If you want to export multiple tracks of audio for editing in Pro Tools, repeat the above steps, giving different names to your different exported audio tracks.

If you also want to export the video that goes with your audio as a QuickTime movie (so you can see the video when you edit the audio in Pro Tools), first select the video that accompanies the audio track or the entire sequence and in the menu at the top select:

File...Export...Export QuickTime movie

In the options, select video only and don't change the other default settings.

Pick a folder on your hard drive or firewire drive to which you want to save the exported video (such as the same folder where you stored your exported audio).

Click on Save.