Final Cut Pro: How To Pann Audio in the Timeline

Panning audio is an efficient technique that many sound designers involved in movies use today to fully create the effect of the moving image. Panning is a technique that allows you to distribute audio into the left or right side of the channel. Final Cut Pro has an excellent tool that allows you to pan the audio and make additional adjustments. The following steps will help you successfully pan audio in the timeline of your sequence in Final Cut Pro.


First, double click on the audio track in your timeline. Once you have clicked on the audio track, the Viewer Window will have audio waves representing the audio track. Above the audio waveforms will be two options: the Level Slider and the Pan Slider. Once you have established the proper location of your audio track in the Viewer Window, you are now able to go onto the step of selecting your pen tool.


The second step to pan audio is to select the pen tool. This tool helps create a specific tweaking for your audio track to allow panning to happen at certain times on the track versus the whole entire clip. By selecting the pen tool you can now click on appropriate times on the track for adjustment. You can apply the pen tool to the audio track on your timeline or the audio waveforms in the Viewer Window. Each point created by the pan tool will be represented by a dot in the timeline and a diamond in the Viewer Window. Once you have become familiar with the pen tool, you can now make your slider adjustments.


Once you have established the pen tool to your audio track you are now able to apply this to the pan slider. In order to create an effective pan, be sure to have at least two points created on your audio track from the pen tool. Once you have created two points, be sure to put your cursor line on the first point. With this first point you can establish the audio effect you prefer. Once you have established your first point, you can now slide your cursor onto the second point. For the second point be sure to adjust the pan slider to your preference by clicking on the notch and moving it either towards the left or right side of the screen. The left side of the panning represents the audio moving towards the left side of the channel. Panning to the right side of the screen represents the audio distributing to the right side of the track. On a numerical scale, when the Pan slider displays the number "0" this is represented by a proper balance between the left and right side of the channels. The numerical scale is most helpful when you are panning a mono track. With the proper balance for a mono track, you are now able to hear audio from the left and right channels. Once you have properly adjusted you pan slider along with the proper levels and decibels for your audio track, you have now created a pan audio in your timeline.