Final Cut Pro: How To Capture Video and Audio Separately

With Apple Final Cut Pro, there may be times when you may want to capture video and audio as two separate files, rather than a standard combined file. Fortunately, Final Cut Pro makes separating audio and video files an easy task, and you can learn to do it in a few minutes with the help of this simple step by step guide. So, here's how to separate synchronized audio from video footage in Final Cut Pro.

(Note - with Final Cut Pro, you can separate out audio and video from video footage for all types of formats except HDV. With HDV files, Final Cut Pro will write a single file in the capture scratch destination that contains both audio and video information for the footage.)

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Final Cut Pro installed
  • A video file with audio to be separated from the video footage or a DV camcorder with the footage

Step 1: Connect Camcorder or Deck to Final Cut Pro

First, connect your camcorder or deck to your computer via the Fire Wire connection.

Step 2: Open Final Cut Pro on Your Computers

From the dock on your desktop screen, launch Final Cut Pro.

Step 3: Import the Video Footage

Go to the Final Cut Pro menu bar and select the import option. Look for your camcorder or deck in the list of devices. If the camcorder is correctly connected, the video footage should appear automatically in your project viewer's screen.

Step 4: Setup Final Cut Pro Capture Settings

In order to capture only the audio portion of the video file, you'll need to first set up Final Cut Pro to do this. Therefore, go to 'File | Log and Capture' or press the command and '8' keys simultaneously. This will bring up the log and capture page. There, click on the 'clip settings' tab, deselect the video checkbox, and select the audio checkbox. This will allow you to capture only the synchronized audio from the footage.

Step 5: Select Clips with Audio to Capture

Once you have successfully set up Final Cut Pro to capture only audio from the footage, you can begin creating in and out points in clips you want to capture. Use the shutter control and transition slider to go to points in the footage that contains the audio you want to capture. Then, press the 'I' key to create an in point and the 'O' key to mark the end of the footage that contains the audio for extraction.

Step 6: Capture the Audio Clips You Need

Click on the 'Capture Clip' button on your viewer screen. This will capture the audio portion of the footage you have selected. Likewise, you can capture multiple audio clips by using the 'log clip' button, and then the 'capture batch' button on your project viewer window. Once you have captured all of the audio clips you need to use, you can then use Final Cut Pro to synchronize the clips with other video footage or export them via Apple Compressor into the format of your choice (if you have Final Cut Studio installed).

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