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Activity Forums Apple Final Cut Pro Legacy Audio WORSE After Export to Quicktime!!!

  • Michael Gissing

    November 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Did you try reducing the level? Also try doing a mixdown before exporting.

  • Kyle C.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I’ve tried both, and neither helped.

    I did a little test: I started a new project and imported the same 32 bit, 44.1 KHZ song into the new project. I changed the sequence settings to ProRes422 HD (like I was using in the original sequence), and WITH ONLY THE AUDIO in the timeline, I pushed export to Quicktime.

    For some reason, within a new project this 32 bit 44.1 khz song comes out JUST FINE.
    But in MY CURRENT PROJECT, for some reason it will not export at full quality and comes out EXTREMELY scratchy and distorted. Does ANYBODY have any idea what could be wrong??? This is driving me INSANE!!!!

  • Kyle C.

    November 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    To be more specific, changing the levels helped a smidge, but there is still a hint of distortion during parts of heavy bass, even though its set to -3 db. The song is definately better, but now that it’s better I can see that all my other audio (mostly dialogue) is EXTREMELY messed up as well. The best way I can describe it is it sounds too LOUD and SHARP, much more so than it is in the timeline.

    Looking at my timeline, it’s just a mess. A mixture of 44.1 and 48 khz, or 16 and 24 and 32 bit…all my audio files are different because when I converted them via MPEG Streamclip, I forgot to change the audio from ‘Auto’ to 48 khz…something that I’m regretting now.

    This is all just very confusing for me. I mean, it plays back perfectly in FCP…is there not a way to get it to play back perfectly when exported as well? Ugh…dunno what to do guys

  • Andy Mees

    November 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    [Kyle Cox] “1). tried setting the Field Dominance to ‘none’ and exported a smaller part of my sequence, but unfortunately the results turned out the same. The audio is still just as degraded as before.”

    Dude, just for reference, you mentioned 2 problems: 1) distorted audio, and 2) “certain parts of my video came through altered and maimed (thick lines through the video at parts, etc).”My suggestion to change your field dominance was with specific regard to the latter (hence my quoting it before the reply).

    Good luck with your application, and hope you an get this all fixed to your (and their) liking.

  • Kyle C.

    November 15, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Well, after a bit I kept trying and trying to fix it, and I figured out a way to make it work.

    For some reason, copy and pasting the audio and video from the timeline into a new timeline of a new project (with the exact same settings as the old) works!

    The only thing I can think of is maybe my original project is too large (I’ve only been exporting part of it to quicktime), and maybe that’s why the audio messes up? I really have no clue why simply copy and pasting the timeline to a fresh new project works…but it did!

    Setting the field dominance to NONE also fixed my video distortion, so thanks to Andy Mees for that.

  • Michael Gissing

    November 15, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Corruption in the project file it seems. However, attention to sample rate, bit depth and levels are all vitally important. At least you are now well advised for future projects.

  • Kasia Wnuk

    October 27, 2023 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Kyle,

    Now it is happening to me, no idea, I copied timeline to new project and saved again but in my case sound is as terrible as it was :/

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