Audio Visual Tools with FCPX: Audio Effector in Final Cut Pro X
Auto BPM Detection
Based on popular music videos and dj backgrounds, The Audio Effector was designed to help users create metric edits that will perfectly match the beat of their favorite song. FCPX editors can simply choose a wav audio file and the FCPX Audio Effector will automatically detect the BPM of the track.
Sync Media to any Audio File
Once users have their media and music in place, they can go to the FCPX Inspector window to choose what parameters they want to react to the beat. Editors can make the scale, position, rotation, color and opacity of their media change with the tempo of their music.
Works with Video & Images
The FCPX: Audio Effector works with photos, text and video footage. Editors can utilize the easy to use drop zones to attach their media to the generator, choose a song, and get ready to drop it hard. Audio visualization has never been so easy in Final Cut Pro X!
Designed for Final Cut Pro X
The FCPX: Audio Effector was professionally designed to work inside Final Cut Pro X. Users simply have to choose their media, select their song, and use the FCPX Inspector window to calibrate the look. Don’t go easy with this effect! Drop it as hard as your beat!
FCPX: Audio Effector Tutorial for Final Cut Pro X
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Step 1 - Preparing the Timeline
Let’s begin by going to the FCPX media library and selecting a video or image and dragging it to the timeline. Then select an audio file and place it below your media in the timeline. Once you have your audio and video are in place, go to the generators library to locate the FCPX Audio Effector. Drag the generator into the timeline above your media and audio and make it the same length.
Step 2 - Filling the Drop Zone
Now that we have our timeline setup, we need to import our media into the generator. If you are using a video clip, you will need to compound the clip “by-itself”. This is a strange but necessary step since the 10.6 update to FCPX. Move the playhead to the first frame of your compound clips and select the adjustment layer in the timeline. Now click the first Drop Zone icon in the Inspector window. Select the video clip as close to the beginning as possible, and click the blue "Apply Clip" button in the FCPX Viewer window. It is extremely important to follow these steps perfectly or the clip will freeze-up during playback. Once you are done filling the drop zone, you can delete the media from the timeline. Set the Frame Rate slider below the drop zone to match the frame rate of your project.
Step 3 - Importing the Audio
Now, it’s time to import our audio into the generator. Select the generator and go to the Inspector window. Press the Audio Wav File button. This will bring up a finder window. Find and select the same audio wav file that you already placed in the timeline. If you want to use the audio directly from your video, you will need to create a wav file of the audio. You can do this by detaching your audio and exporting it from FCPX. Then convert the file type using a wav file converter. Make sure that the audio export starts exactly where the video starts so that they remain synced when brought back into FCPX. If you want the audio to feed off a part of the track that comes later on, you can use the Music Offset slider. Move the slider to the frame number of where you want the audio to begin. Remember to take the frame rate of your project into account. For instance, if you want the Effector to begin feeding off the audio file from the 10 second mark in a 24 frames per second project, you would move the slider to 240.
Step 4 - Customizing the Effector
Now that we have our media and audio inside the generator, we can customize our effector settings. Use the controls to make your media scale, shake, rotation, colorize or flash to the beat of the music. For this example, we are going to scroll down to the opacity section to make our media flash. Check the Opacity toggle to turn this effector on. Then use the Max and Min sound sliders to isolate the volume range that will initiate this effect.
Now for some Final Touches. Since we want to flash back and forth between two clips. Let’s go to the FCPX media library and place another video clip below the generator in the timeline. Now, when the opacity drops in the original media layer it will reveal the one below it.
FCPX: Audio Effector Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find FCPX: Audio Effector?
Once the installation is complete, you can find FCPX: Audio Effector in the FCPX Generator library.