Multichannel audio editing examples

Below are examples of some multichannel audio editing workflows in Final Cut Pro.

Example: Remove unwanted noise from a specific audio component

Note: To skim audio for an individual audio component, make sure both clip skimming and audio skimming are turned on. For more information, see Skim media.

  1. Select a clip in the Timeline, and choose Clip > Expand Audio Components (or press Control-Option-S).

    Clip in Timeline with expanded audio components
  2. Skim or play back the audio component to find the specific place where the noise occurs.

  3. Drag within the component to select the range where the noise occurs.

    Selected range in audio component in clip in Timeline
  4. Do one of the following:

    • To disable the portion of the component where the noise occurs: Press the V key (or press the Delete key).

      Disabling a selected range mutes all sound within the range. To unmute (enable) the range, press the V key (or press Command-Z).

      Note: When you disable a range in an audio component, fade handles become available on either side of the disabled range. For more information on fade handles, see Fade audio in or out.

      Selected range in audio component shown muted
    • To adjust the volume within the range: Drag the horizontal control up or down.

      Selected range in audio component in Timeline before volume adjustment

      Keyframes are automatically created along the adjustment points within the range.

      Audio component shown after volume of selected range is adjusted
  5. Play back the clip to listen to your adjustments.

  6. To collapse the audio components after you complete your adjustments, choose Clip > Collapse Audio Components (or press Control-Option-S).

Example: Trim audio within an audio component

  1. Select a clip in the Timeline, and choose Clip > Expand Audio Components (or press Control-Option-S).

    Clip in Timeline with expanded audio components
  2. Position the pointer at the edge of the audio component you want to trim.

    The pointer changes to the Trim tool icon .

  3. Drag to trim that section.

    The trimmed section is disabled (muting all sound in that section) and appears dimmed in the Timeline.

    To undo your trim, press Command-Z.

    Expanded audio component shown with range of audio disabled
  4. Play back the clip to listen to your adjustments.

  5. To collapse the audio components after you complete your adjustments, choose Clip > Collapse Audio Components (or press Control-Option-S).

Example: Make a roll edit to all audio components

  1. Select a clip in the Timeline, and choose Clip > Expand Audio Components (or press Control-Option-S).

    Clip in Timeline with expanded audio components
  2. Position the pointer at the edge of the audio portion of the clip you want to roll.

    The pointer changes to the Trim tool icon .

  3. Hold down the Shift key and drag to roll back the edit point for the audio portion of the clip.

    The edit point is rolled to the new location, cutting the audio at the end of the clip. The video portion of the clip is not affected.

    To undo your edit, press Command-Z.

    Edit point for expanded audio components shown rolled to new location, trimming audio
  4. Play back the clip to listen to your adjustments.

  5. To collapse the audio components after you complete your adjustments, choose Clip > Collapse Audio Components (or press Control-Option-S).

Example: Add or remove audio components in a multicam clip

When you create a multicam clip that contains multiple audio components, you can use the Angle Viewer or the Audio inspector to add audio components from inactive angles to the active angle. This makes it easy to add audio from different source clips in your multicam clip while maintaining the active video angle. You can also remove audio components from the active angle to eliminate unwanted or unused audio.

Before you start, you can make adjustments to the channel configuration of audio components in your source clips in the Browser using the Audio inspector. For more information, see Configure audio channels.

  1. Drag a multicam clip from the Browser to the Timeline.

  2. To open the Angle Viewer, do one of the following:

    • Choose Window > Viewer Display > Show Angles (or press Shift-Command-7).

    • Choose Show Angles from the Viewer Options pop-up menu in the top-right corner of the Viewer.

      The active angle appears highlighted in yellow.

      Angle Viewer shown with active angle highlighted
  3. To enable audio-only switching in the Angle Viewer, click the right switch mode button in the upper-left corner.

    Audio-only switching button shown highlighted
  4. To open the Audio inspector, do one of the following:

    • Choose Window > Show Inspector (or press Command-4), and click the Audio button at the top of the Inspector pane.

    • Click the Inspector button in the toolbar (shown below), and click the Audio button at the top of the Inspector pane.

      Inspector button in toolbar

      The audio corresponding to the active angle in the Angle Viewer appears highlighted in the Channel Configuration section of the Audio inspector.

  5. To reveal the audio components for the active angle, click the disclosure triangle next to the active angle’s source clip name.

    Channel Configuration section of Audio inspector showing audio components for active angle
  6. To add audio components from inactive angles, do one of the following:

    • In the Angle Viewer: Hold down the Command and Option keys and click an inactive angle or angles.

    • In the Audio inspector: Select the checkbox next to each audio component you want to add.

    In this example, the angle whose audio you added is highlighted in green in the Angle Viewer, and the audio components you added are highlighted in the Audio inspector.

    Added audio components shown highlighted in Angle Viewer and Audio inspector

    The added audio components also appear in the multicam clip’s component arrangement in the Timeline. (To show expanded audio components, choose Clip > Expand Audio Components, or press Control-Option-S.)

    Added audio components shown in Timeline in expanded view
  7. To remove an audio component from the active angle, do one of the following:

    • In the Angle Viewer: Hold down the Command and Option keys and click the angle (highlighted in green) whose audio you want to remove.

    • In the Audio inspector: Deselect the checkbox next to the audio component you want to remove.

    When a component is removed, it appears dimmed in the Audio inspector and the angle is no longer highlighted in green in the Angle Viewer. The component also disappears from the multicam clip’s component arrangement in the Timeline.