Using Soundtrack Pro with Motion

You can edit a Motion audio track nondestructively by sending it to the File Editor as an audio file project. Sending an audio track to the File Editor as an audio file project lets you exchange audio media and projects between Motion and Soundtrack Pro. When you save your changes in the File Editor, the clip is updated in Motion without having to be reimported.

To edit a Motion audio track nondestructively in the File Editor, you send the clip to the File Editor as a new audio file project, edit the clip in the File Editor, then save the audio file project. After following these steps, you can make roundtrips between Motion and Soundtrack Pro so you can keep working in both applications.

When you send an audio track from Motion to the File Editor, a new audio file project (with the file type .stap) is created for the track.

To send an audio track from Motion to the File Editor
  1. In the Motion Audio tab or Timeline Layer list, do one of the following:

    • Select the audio track, then choose Edit > Send Audio to Soundtrack Pro.

    • Control-click the audio track, then choose Send to Soundtrack Pro from the shortcut menu.

    A new audio file project is created for the audio track, and a Save As dialog appears.

  2. In the Save As dialog, enter a name for the new project, then navigate to a location to save the project.

    A new audio file project containing the audio track opens in the Soundtrack Pro File Editor.

  3. Edit the audio file project in the File Editor.

    You can use the commands and functions described in Working in the File Editor. You can graphically edit the file, apply actions, analyze the file, and fix analyzed problems.

    When you are finished editing the audio file project of the audio track, you save the project in Soundtrack Pro.

  4. In Soundtrack Pro, choose File > Save.

The clip is updated in Motion. You hear the clip with the changes you made in the File Editor, without having to reimport the clip. You can make roundtrips between Motion and Soundtrack Pro by opening the saved audio file project, making changes, then saving the project. Each time you save the project, the clip is updated in Motion.