Audio overview

Final Cut Pro has many features designed to make processing and editing audio easier. For example, you can analyze and automatically enhance audio to address problems such as noise or hum, add effects to your clips, sync video and audio clips automatically, and match audio between two clips.

Audio-only clip and audio portion of video clip in Timeline

You can make the following changes to clips or to audio components within a clip:

  • Edit multiple audio channels: You can expand the audio portion of clips to reveal and edit audio components down to the single channel level. This allows you to apply different effects to different components or channels, and streamlines the process for making quick sound cutouts or other adjustments. See Audio editing overview.

  • Adjust volume: Quickly adjust a clip’s volume directly in the Timeline or in the Audio inspector. See Adjust volume.

  • Pan audio: Take advantage of built-in pan presets for both stereo and surround sound. See Pan audio.

  • Add audio effects: Add Audio Units effects, Logic Effects, or custom effects included with Final Cut Pro, such as reverb, to clips. See Add audio effects.

  • Add keyframes to automate volume and effects: Vary volume or effect settings as a clip plays. See Adjust audio effects using keyframes.

  • Fade audio in or out: Fade audio in at the beginning or out at the end of a clip or an audio component with easy-to-use fade handles. See Fade audio in or out.

You use the same tools used for video editing when you edit audio clips in Final Cut Pro. The following editing features are covered elsewhere in Final Cut Pro Help:

  • Change edit mode: Set the edit mode for a clip to video only or audio only. See Add clips using video-only or audio-only mode.

  • Add markers to clips: Add markers to mark specific reference points within an audio clip. See Markers overview.

  • Trim audio: Make precision edits to the audio waveform—for example, to take out an unwanted sound in the recording. See Trimming overview.

  • Add audio crossfades: Create a smooth transition when connecting two separate audio waveforms. See Add transitions to your project.

  • Use compound clips: Compound clips let you combine any video or audio clips into a single compound clip. From an audio standpoint, compound clips let you apply the same audio effect or enhancement to a group of clips, similar to applying an effect or adjustment to the overall mix. See Compound clips overview.

  • Export audio: You can export your project as an audio file in either mono, stereo, or surround sound. You can also export media by role. See Sharing projects overview.