About Capturing Audio

Capturing audio in Final Cut Pro is essentially the same as capturing video—you enter a reel name, set In and Out points, log the clip, and then capture it. In most cases, you capture audio at the same time you capture video because they are both stored on the same tape. You can capture up to 24 audio channels at once, in either mono or stereo groupings, and you can also capture audio-only media files from video or audio-only devices.

If you want to import audio from audio CDs or audio files from other sound applications, see About Importing Audio Files.

Preparing for Audio Capture

When capturing from an audio deck or multichannel audio device (such as a digital audio workstation, or DAW), you need to make sure that:

  • Your audio device and computer audio interface are properly connected

  • Your computer’s audio interface accepts the output format of the audio device

  • There are enough audio input channels on your audio interface to capture all the audio channels from your audio device

Most Mac computers have built-in stereo mini inputs, and some models also have optical S/PDIF (consumer digital) stereo audio connectors.

For more information about setting up an audio interface with Final Cut Pro, see Connecting Professional Audio Devices.

Important: To ensure that Final Cut Pro can accurately capture and consistently recapture the exact same portion of the audio tape, your audio player must support remote device control. Many professional DAT recorders and multitrack recorders support remote device control. For more information, see Capturing Audio from an Audio Deck Using Device Control.

Choosing a Method for Capturing Audio

You can capture audio with accompanying video, or independently. Audio can come from a DV source (via the FireWire port on your computer), a third-party video interface which includes audio inputs, or a third-party audio interface. You can also use the Voice Over tool to record a mono audio track directly to the Timeline.