Add music and sound

You can add music and sound files directly to your project from your iTunes library or other sources.

Final Cut Pro also includes a number of built-in Foley and other sound effects that you can insert as connected audio clips.

If you have a clip that contains both audio and video, you can change the edit mode to audio only to insert only the audio portion of the clip.

Add music and sound to a project in the Timeline

  1. Click the Music and Sound button in the toolbar.

    Music and Sound button in toolbar
  2. In the Music and Sound Browser, choose a source folder from the pop-up menu at the top. For example, choose iTunes to browse your iTunes collection.

    Tip: If the folder you’re looking for doesn’t appear, you can add it to the source list by dragging it from the Finder or desktop to the Music and Sound Browser.

  3. In the sound list that appears, find the sound or music you want:

    • To search for an item: Type text in the search field. To filter your search, click the Filter button , and choose a filter.

    • To preview an item: Double-click the item, or select the item and click the Play button .

    • To select more than one item: Command-click each item.

  4. Drag the sound file or files to the Timeline.

    Note: For better import and playback performance, Final Cut Pro automatically transcodes all MP3 audio files to MOV audio files and retains the original MP3 files for future use. For information about where to find original and transcoded media files, see Locate source media files.