This video shows the correct way to set your sequence settings in Final Cut Pro 7, as well as some basic audio editing tips.
David Rotan: Hi! I am David Rotan, Video Production Manager for Monkeysee.com. Right now I am going to go over some basic editing tips. First let's talk about sequence settings especially if you are editing on Final Cut Pro as we are, you want to make sure that your sequence which refers basically to your timeline down here, where your edited project is going to be located, you want to make sure that the settings are all set for the exact same way that you shot your video. So we go up here to the top to Sequence and we select Settings and we make sure that everything matches up. We shot this video using high-definition and it was 1080i HD. It was also 16:9, so for the aspect ratio here in the Frame Size, I want to select that HD (440X1080) (16:9). Then we want to make sure the pixel Aspect Ratio is the same. The Editing Timebase we're editing it at the same frame rate as we shot our project 29.97 and finally the QuickTime Video Settings, the Compressor, Quality is at a 100% and that it is how we shot the video, the same HDV 1080i60. Now your Audio Settings should also be the same way as you shot it in your camera. This is 48 kHz Rate with a 16-bit Depth. If you're shooting it on a regular DV camera you would need to make sure everything matched. Find it up here in the Settings that would be NTSC, if it was done here in America and you would select DV for 3:2, the basic rule of thumb is whatever you shoot your video project in, you need to make sure the Sequence Settings match. One thing to keep in mind is the Audio. You might need to in post-production cleanup that audio and make it work a little better and one way to do that in Final Cut at least, is to come down here to the bottom of the screen and check that this little clip overlays and it shows, it puts a little peak line through your audio clips here where you can change and adjust the levels. It just selected the audio one channel, it didn't do this one. It's because this is not been stereod. Sometimes if you are using external mic when you're recording audio it's not going to do that automatically. You can correct that by going up here to Modify at the top and then down the Stereo Pair and click on it and now you're highlighted audio clips will be stereod as a pair. So when I raise or lower the volume, both track 1 and 2 are affected by it. Also, pay a close attention here to the levels. If it's getting up here to 0, its peaking. You don't want that to happen. So that's how you adjust audio.
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