Topic #15. Creative process:
Production, arrangement and composition
Step One: Download media files (*save to Desktop)
- Download Video “Right click->Save Link As” (Windows) or “Ctrl+click->Save Link As” (Mac): 204-0171-FreeQT480x270 from www.dvarchive.com
- Download Audio “Right click->Save Link As” (Windows) or “Ctrl+click->Save Link As” (Mac): running-in-the-snow.wav from www.freesound.org
Step Two: Import Video into Pro Tools
- Open Pro Tools. (Make sure Video Engine is enabled. To enable the Video Engine, go to the Playback Engine found in the Setup Menu and click on the check box.)
- File->Import->Video->Desktop->Select Video->Open
- A “Video Import Options” box will pop up. Make sure “Session Start” is selected and click “OK”
Step Three: Import Audio into Pro Tools
- Open your “Finder” folder on your dock.
- Click on “Desktop”
- Drag and drop the audio file onto your Pro Tools session Edit window.
Step Four: Sync Audio to Video
- Select the audio clip and line it up to the beginning of the video.
- Duplicate the clip with “Ctrl+D” (Windows) or “Command+D” (Mac).
- Nudge the duplicate clip to the left so it overlaps with the original.
Step Five: Crossfade clips
- Select an area between the two adjacent clips, using the Selector Tool to highlight where you want the crossfade to start and finish.
- Hit “Ctrl+F” (Windows) or “Command+F” (Mac)
- Choose the shape of the fade from the Fades dialogue and click the OK button.
Step Six: Virtual Instruments. Add some dramatic music!
- Track->New. Select 1 track, Stereo, Instrument Track->Create
- Go back to Mix window: Window->Mix
- Under Instrument Track, click under “Inserts”->Multi-channel Plugin->Instruments->Xpand!2
- You can change or add pads to Xpand if you want.
- Go back to the Edit window. Hit play to watch the video.
- Start playing some music on the keyboard, HAVE FUN!
Step Seven (optional): Record and Bounce to video.
- Arm the audio track: click “Track Record Enable” button (it should flash RED)
- Hit Record and Play. Perform the music.
- When you are happy with the performance, export to Quicktime Movie: File->Bounce to->Quicktime Movie.
- Bounce pop-up box: Make sure you have the same Audio output as your tracks, Stereo interleaved, 48khz, Slowest conversion rate.
- Save to Desktop. You now have begun building a reel!