Issue with music and sound in FCP

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    • #46502
      Avatarjumpymonkey9
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      A few months ago I finished a movie that I made with some friends. I used some music I found online for the soundtrack. The files are MP3 format. I imported them and put them into the timeline where I wanted them, and using whatever in and out points that I needed. Well, some of them, when I played them back in the timeline, played a totally different part of the song. If I double-clicked on the audio clip at the point where it was wrong, it would play fine in the Viewer, but the timeline/canvas was still off. Has anyone experienced this before? It’s like it’s not referencing the right parts of the mp3 file. I tried deleting the file and re-importing it, and even redownloading it, and nothing seemed to work. It was just annoying that I found the perfect music for the scene, and then the program screwed it up. I’ve got the movie on dvd, and there’s parts where it plays the song, and it gets to where the end of the file was, and the song ends, then it picks up again where it should have been.

      I had another issue when playing clips in reverse. If I had a clip that was just part of a longer clip, and I had it play in reverse, it wouldn’t play the sound for the part that was reversed, but for something from a different part of the original clip. This might be hard to understand, but basically, it just didn’t get the sound right.

      I’ve heard lots of great things about FCP, but if I were to buy my own editing software, with these issues, I couldn’t justify putting any amount of money towards it. Anyhoo, just a bit peeved. If anyone has any answers or suggestions, I’d appreciate them, thanks,

      Lee

    • #191707
      AvatarPhilontilt
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      The thing about MP3 files for editing purposes is they are crap. Go into itunes and change it into a .wav file and try it again.

      Phil

    • #191706
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      I’m trying for the life of me to figure out what FCP is? I’m guessing its an editing application. Premiere and Avid are coming to mind but FCP?

      As this is true with Premiere, MP3s are not a good idea. Premiere doesn’t like ANY compressed format. MP3, MPEG video, even JPEG pictures causes Premiere to behave weird and sometimes crash.

      If you have an application that can convert them to wav, do that. That is if you can’t find the wav version somewhere else first.

    • #191708
      AvatarAnonymous
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      Oh yeah, Mac! I guess thats why I forgot. Still, compressed files are not a good choice.

    • #191709
      Avatarjumpymonkey9
      Participant

      Guess I never really considered compressed files to be an issue. I’ve used them in Premiere and never had a problem. Next time I’ll make sure I use a wav or aiff file. Are .wav files the windows equivalent of a Mac .aiff ? Is there any benefit over one or the other?

    • #191710
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Any uncompressed format is fine, as long as your applications supports them. Most editing apps do. It really comes down to personal preference at this point.

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