Sending Individual Audio Clips from Final Cut Pro to Soundtrack Pro

There are three methods you can use to open a clip in the Soundtrack Pro File Editor:

Sending Clips from Final Cut Pro to the Soundtrack Pro File Editor

When you send an audio clip from Final Cut Pro to the Soundtrack Pro File Editor, a Soundtrack Pro audio file project is created with the file extension .stap. This file can be edited nondestructively. The Final Cut Pro clip is reconnected to the new Soundtrack Pro audio file project, so the original media file is not affected by what you do in the File Editor.

You can send single clips or multiple clips to Soundtrack Pro audio file projects.

To send a single Final Cut Pro clip to the Soundtrack Pro File Editor
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Select the clip in either the Final Cut Pro Browser or Timeline, then choose File > Send To > Soundtrack Pro Audio File Project.

    • Control-click the clip in either the Final Cut Pro Browser or Timeline, then choose Send To > Soundtrack Pro Audio File Project from the shortcut menu.

      The Save dialog appears.

      Figure. Save dialog.
  2. In the Save dialog, do the following:

    • Enter a name for the Soundtrack Pro audio file project.

    • Choose a location to save the Soundtrack Pro audio file project.

    • Select “Send only referenced media” to copy only the used section of the media (between the In and Out points) to the new Soundtrack Pro audio file project. This is recommended unless you intend to edit the entire source file.

    • To add media handles when the “Send only referenced media” option is selected, enter handle durations in the In Handle and Out Handle fields.

  3. Click Save.

    A Soundtrack Pro audio file project is created and opened in the Soundtrack Pro File Editor. The Final Cut Pro clip is reconnected to the new Soundtrack Pro audio file project instead of its original media file.

  4. Modify the audio as needed.

  5. Choose File > Save to save the project with the changes.

    A dialog appears allowing you to choose whether the Soundtrack Pro audio file project should include a copy of the original audio media file or simply refer to it.

    Figure. Save Audio File Project Preference dialog.
  6. Select one of the following options, then click OK.

    • Include Source Audio: This option copies the original audio media file into the Soundtrack Pro audio file project package. Because the audio file project has its own copy of the original media, it is self-contained and doesn’t rely on any external audio files. This option simplifies media management and makes it easier to transfer the audio file project to other computers. However, this increases the project file size and therefore requires more disk space.
    • Reference Source Audio: This option creates a link to the original source audio file, resulting in a smaller project file. However, to use this project file, you always need to keep track of the original source audio file. If you accidentally delete the original media file, the Soundtrack Pro audio file project can no longer play back. Select the Reference Source Audio option only if the media is in a shared location accessible from any computer you might use to access the Soundtrack Pro audio file project.

    When you return to Final Cut Pro, the clip now connects to the new Soundtrack Pro audio file project.

To send multiple Final Cut Pro clips to Soundtrack Pro
  1. Select multiple clips in the Browser or Timeline.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Send To > Soundtrack Pro Audio File Project.

    • Control-click the selection and choose Send To > Soundtrack Pro Audio File Project from the shortcut menu.

  3. In the Save dialog, choose a location to save the new Soundtrack Pro audio file projects.

  4. To create a new folder, press Command-Shift-N, enter a name for the folder, then click Create.

  5. Click OK.

  6. A Soundtrack Pro audio file project is created for each clip selected in Final Cut Pro. Each Soundtrack Pro audio file project is then opened in a File Editor tab in Soundtrack Pro.

Processing a Clip’s Media File with a Soundtrack Pro Script

When you send a Final Cut Pro clip’s media to a Soundtrack Pro script, the following steps occur for each unique file:

  • With your consent, Final Cut Pro generates a Soundtrack Pro audio file project and replaces the clip’s media file with it.

  • The audio file project or the clip’s media file opens in the Soundtrack Pro File Editor.

  • The script actions are applied to the audio file project or the media file.

  • The audio file project or the clip’s media file is saved with the changes.

If your clip’s media file is a standard audio or video file, you have the option to create a new Soundtrack Pro audio file project, so that the file is processed nondestructively. If you don’t take advantage of this option, the script processes the source media destructively (permanently). If your clip’s media file is already a Soundtrack Pro audio file project, the changes are nondestructive.

About Soundtrack Pro Scripts

Soundtrack Pro scripts are AppleScript droplets containing Soundtrack Pro File Editor actions. Scripts can be created in Soundtrack Pro or a script editing application such as Script Editor, the AppleScript application included with Mac OS X. For more information, see the Soundtrack Pro User Manual, available in Soundtrack Pro Help.

To modify one or more clips’ media files using a Soundtrack Pro script
  1. Select the clips in the Final Cut Pro Browser or Timeline.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Send To > Soundtrack Pro Script.

    • Control-click the selection and choose Send To > Soundtrack Pro Script from the shortcut menu.

  3. Choose the script you want to use from the submenu.

    Note: If you have not created custom Soundtrack Pro scripts and saved them to the default Soundtrack Pro script location, no scripts appear in the submenu.

    By default, a dialog appears offering to convert each clip’s media file to a Soundtrack Pro audio file project, which allows for nondestructive editing.

  4. Select one of the following options:

    • Yes: Creates a Soundtrack Pro audio file project for each clip and then prompts you for a location to save these project files. You can create a new folder by pressing Command-Shift-N.
    • No: This option edits the files destructively, making permanent changes to the original media files.
    • Cancel: Cancels the script operation.

      Soundtrack Pro opens and each clip is automatically opened, edited, saved, and closed in the File Editor.

You can also repeat the last script you used to edit a clip, making it easy to edit several clips with the same set of actions.

To edit a clip with the last script used
  • Control-click the clip in the Final Cut Pro Browser or Timeline, then choose Send To > Last Soundtrack Pro Script from the shortcut menu.

To disable the dialog that appears when you use the Send To Soundtrack Pro Script command
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > User Preferences, then click the Editing tab.

  2. Deselect the Warn on “Send to Soundtrack Pro Script” option, then click OK.

Opening a Final Cut Pro Clip’s Media File in Soundtrack Pro

You can open a Final Cut Pro clip’s media file directly in the Soundtrack Pro File Editor by choosing the Open in Editor command, or by opening the file from the Finder.

Important: In either of these cases, if you make changes in the Soundtrack Pro File Editor and save those changes to the original file, your changes will be destructive and permanent. To edit nondestructively, you can save the file as a Soundtrack Pro audio file project and import that file into Final Cut Pro.

About the Open in Editor Command

To open Final Cut Pro audio clips in Soundtrack Pro using the Open in Editor command, choose Final Cut Pro > System Settings, then click the External Editors tab. Make sure that Soundtrack Pro is the application set to open audio files. This ensures that Final Cut Pro automatically opens Soundtrack Pro when you choose Open in Editor and that, when you return to Final Cut Pro, the clip is automatically reconnected to the updated media file. You can also choose Soundtrack Pro for editing video files if you work with a lot of linked video and audio clip items. For more information, see Choosing Settings and Preferences.

To open a Final Cut Pro audio clip’s media file directly in the Soundtrack Pro File Editor
  1. Control-click the audio clip in either the Final Cut Pro Browser or Timeline, then choose Open in Editor from the shortcut menu.

    The audio clip’s media file opens in the Soundtrack Pro File Editor.

  2. In Soundtrack Pro, modify the audio as needed.

  3. Choose File > Save to save the file with the changes.

    The Save dialog appears. By default, the File Type pop-up menu is set to Audio File Project, which saves the changes nondestructively. If you wish to permanently modify the original file, choose the original file type and filename. Soundtrack Pro asks if you’re sure you want to overwrite the file. Choose OK only if you’re sure that you no longer need your unedited media.

  4. Click Save.

  5. If you saved the file with a different filename or different file type, you must manually add the new file to your Final Cut Pro sequence.

Important: Unless you save a Soundtrack Pro audio file project, this is a destructive process that permanently modifies the original file.