Final Cut Pro: How To Capture Multiple Audio Channels

The most up-to-date versions of Final Cut Pro allow you to capture a range of audio channels at one pass, which was not possible with the older versions. Current software means that you can pull in a number of audio channels in just one go, so rather than capturing only one or two strands, you can now get 8 or 12. However, capturing many channels at once can be a big problem, and you may be uncertain how to go about such a process without making a number of mistakes in your calculations. Learning how to avoid these problems will help you to get better sound on your computer video files.

Materials Needed

  • Computer
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Audio Files

Step 1: Set Up Your Audio Files

Before you can begin to capture your files, you will need to have some sound for the software to take. In order to get the right audio, make sure that you have the audio files saved to a convenient location on your computer (and named), so that you can recognize them easily. Being organized like this will save you a lot of time and effort later. Once your audio file is saved, open up your Final Cut Pro, and select the video file that you wish to add sound to. You are now ready to capture your audio file.

Step 2: Saving the Channels

Final Cut Pro will capture all of the available audio channels, so you need to program it to avoid saving blank channels (which will just take up space on your computer). Open up your Log and Capture tabs, and observe the Clip settings box. This will open up to show you all of the audio channels available. You will be able to disable all of the channels which don't work by clicking upon the speaker icons next to the channels. They will cease to be illuminated if you have disabled them.

Step 3: Capture the Audio

Open up your Log and Capture screen again. You should now be able to see only the channels that you wish illuminated. Click on the capture audio button, and this will allow you to save all of the illuminated channels. You will then be taken to the scratch disk dialogue window, which will allow you to determine where the audio and visual settings should be saved. The settings will then be automatically saved with the clip that you have in the browser.

You can use this method to add or extract audio from your movie. Most capture work involves taking an audio sound file from a tape or DVD, and converting it into a computerized digital format. The fewer channels that you use for this, the better the final product will be, so take care to remove all of the excess channels before you capture the audio (as you will not be able to remove them later).

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