Final Cut Pro: Exporting Audio Tracks to Audio Files

Exporting audio tracks to audio files is now made easy by the Final Cut Pro from Apple. These easy-to-follow steps will help you export your audio tracks to an audio file. To help you better understand the process of exporting audio tracks to audio files in Final Cut Pro, it is important that you understand the difference between an audio track and an audio file.

An audio track is like a tape recording that you can include in your video. An audio track has almost the same definition as a sound track, although a sound track is more often used in films, while an audio track is applied to videos.

On the other hand, an audio file is a file format that stores audio data on a computer system. An audio file can be saved as an uncompressed file or reduced to a smaller file size or compressed.

Tools and Materials:

  • Final Cut Pro software
  • Audio tracks to be exported

Step 1: Preparing the Audio Tracks as Audio Files

Before you can start exporting your audio tracks to audio files, it is important that you make copies of your tracks which will be used for exporting. By making a duplicate of your audio track, you can get back to the original source in case any mistakes are made while exporting.

Step 2: Enabling the Audio Track

There are many ways to export an audio track to an audio file. To export a single audio track as an audio file, first option-click the Track Visibility control which is located next to the audio track that you want to export.

Make sure that only the audio track you want to export is enabled. To know if this is true, check to see if the audio track being exported has the green color on. When you option-click the Track Visibility for a specific track, the payback for all other audios are disabled. If there is more than 1 audio track enabled, all the enabled tracks are mixed together during exporting. 

Step 3: Choosing the Location of the File

After option-clicking the Track Visibility Control, select File. Choose Export and then Using QuickTime Conversion. When you get to the Save dialog, choose a location as to where you want to export the audio track and enter a name for the file.

Step 4: Choosing the Audio File Format

From the Format pop-up menu, choose the audio file format for your audio track. You can either choose AIFF or WAVE. MACOS X's standard format is AIFF, so if you are sending the file to a Windows user, choose the WAVE format instead. After choosing the audio file format, click Options.

Step 5: Creating the Sound Settings

Here, you will find the Sound Settings dialog. At the Sound Settings choose the format, sample rate, number of channels, sample size and quality of your file. After you have chosen all of these, click OK.

Step 6: Export the Audio Track

Make sure you check everything including all the settings of the file. Once you are satisfied, click Save to export.

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