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Author: jwiest Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1278  
Subject: Soundtrack editing? Date: 9/24/2007 5:55 PM
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Hi, I'm very new to sound editing for DV so bear with me...

Kids and I are making a ghost story in which there is a dream sequence featuring a dancer. We'd like to use sections of a song from the Cirque du Soleil soundtrack for Alegria (this is for home use only, I don't think they'll mind).

The song is twice as long as the dream sequence we want to choreograph. What I'd like to do is cut out half the verses to create a new audio file to use as part of the soundtrack. I have Final Cut Express which I have only started learning, but no other sound editing software. Any recommendations? At this stage I don't need anything fancy, and it doesn't have to be perfect because there will be other noises in the sequence to cover any flaws (wind, etc).

TIA,

Jon
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Subject: Re: Soundtrack editing? Date: 9/24/2007 10:16 PM
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You could search for "sound edit" in versiontracker.com - there's a long list of apps, with promising combinations of thousands of downloads and 4 or 5 star ratings. Those would be a good start - what you are trying to do is pretty basic, all of the apps should do it well. I don't have any specific experience with any of them though. Actually, I am sort of surprised FCP won't do this - have you tried selecting the parts you don't want and Cut-ting them out (apple-X)? You might have to unlink them from the video clips they are attached to (if they are).

In fact now that I say this, I think if you open our sound in Quicktime (maybe has to be Pro), I am pretty sure you can do exactly what I said above, although perhaps not too precisely.

HTH
BF

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Author: jwiest Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1273 of 1278
Subject: Re: Soundtrack editing? Date: 9/24/2007 10:25 PM
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You could search for "sound edit" in versiontracker.com - there's a long list of apps, with promising combinations of thousands of downloads and 4 or 5 star ratings. Those would be a good start - what you are trying to do is pretty basic, all of the apps should do it well.

I did find Sound Studio, which has a very simple interface. The demo version already allowed me to do what I wanted, but also makes it easy to record and split tracks from vinyl, so I might spring for the whole program.

Actually, I am sort of surprised FCP won't do this - have you tried selecting the parts you don't want and Cut-ting them out (apple-X)? You might have to unlink them from the video clips they are attached to (if they are).

I'm using FCE, and I'm just not familiar enough with it yet.

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