Initiating Soundtrack Pro Conform with Final Cut Pro

One of the biggest hurdles faced by sound editors is dealing with picture changes. When a picture editor moves clips or changes edit durations, the sound editor receives the new edit and then must manually conform the sound mix to the new picture edit. This process is time-consuming and it’s easy to make mistakes. Worse, manually conforming a mix distracts a sound editor from the most important job at hand: completing the mix.

About Conforming Manually

When manually conforming a sound mix to a new picture cut, a sound editor imports the picture editor’s new audio clips into an existing multitrack project on new tracks. Next, the sound editor has to walk through the new edits one by one, comparing the old placement of clips to the new ones. Clips in the old mix must be adjusted so that they line up with new cuts in the video. Clips may also need to be deleted or added because a shot was cut or added.

Using Soundtrack Pro Conform

Soundtrack Pro Conform makes conforming multitrack projects much more efficient. The picture editor and sound editor can work in parallel and then use Conform to easily merge the results of their work.

Here is how a picture editor and a sound editor might work together using Conform:

  • A Final Cut Pro sequence is sent to a Soundtrack Pro multitrack project.

  • Changes and edits are made in parallel to both the Final Cut Pro sequence and the Soundtrack Pro multitrack project.

  • The changed Final Cut Pro sequence is sent to a second Soundtrack Pro multitrack project.

  • The old and new multitrack projects are conformed, or merged, into a third (”result”) project.

To initiate the process to conform a Soundtrack Pro multitrack project to changes made to the source sequence in Final Cut Pro
  1. Select a sequence in the Final Cut Pro Browser.

  2. Do one of the following:

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

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

  3. In the dialog that appears, confirm that the “Save project with latest clip metadata (recommended)” checkbox is selected. This ensures an accurate change history by having Final Cut Pro automatically save the project after the sequence is sent to Soundtrack Pro.

  4. Click Save.

    For more information on sending sequences to Soundtrack Pro, see Creating Soundtrack Pro Multitrack Projects.

    Now, the sound editor and picture editor can work in parallel:

    • Sound editor: Makes changes to the Soundtrack Pro multitrack project. This project is called the original project.
    • Picture editor: Makes changes to the Final Cut Pro sequence.
  5. In Final Cut Pro, do one of the following:

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

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

  6. In the dialog that appears, confirm that the “Save project with latest clip metadata (recommended)” checkbox is selected, then enter a new name for the multitrack project and click Save.

  7. When the new multitrack project opens in Soundtrack Pro, choose File > Conform To Project.

    This initiates the conform process.

    Figure. Conform to Project dialog.
  8. In the dialog that appears, select the current Soundtrack Pro audio mix in the list on the left and the updated project, just sent from Final Cut Pro, in the list on the right, then click Conform.

    Note: Only projects that have embedded Final Cut Pro clip metadata (projects sent from Final Cut Pro or opened via XML documents) appear in this dialog.

    The Conform tab displays various lists and information about the changes in each version of the project. You can use the Conform tab to merge the changes from the picture editor with the changes from the sound editor.

For complete information about using Soundtrack Pro Conform with Final Cut Pro, see the Soundtrack Pro User Manual, available in Soundtrack Pro Help.