Conforming a Soundtrack Pro Multitrack Project

This section shows you how to conform a multitrack project to changes that were made to the source sequence in Final Cut Pro.

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, choose Send To from the shortcut menu, then choose Soundtrack Pro Multitrack Project from the submenu.

  3. In the Save dialog that appears, confirm that the “Save project with latest clip metadata (recommended)” checkbox is selected.

    Figure. Send dialog.

    This ensures an accurate change history by having Final Cut Pro automatically save the project after the sequence is sent to Soundtrack Pro. If you are planning to use Conform frequently, the “Save project with latest clip metadata (recommended)” checkbox should always be selected.

  4. Click Save.

    For more information on sending sequences to Soundtrack Pro, see Creating Multitrack Projects from Final Cut Pro Clips or Sequences.

  5. At this point, changes and edits are made in parallel to both the Final Cut Pro sequence and the Soundtrack Pro multitrack project:

    • Sound editor: Makes changes to the Soundtrack Pro multitrack project. This project is referred to as the “original” audio mix project.
    • Picture editor: Makes changes to the Final Cut Pro sequence.
  6. In Final Cut Pro, do one of the following:

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

    • Control-click the selection, choose Send To from the shortcut menu, then choose Soundtrack Pro Multitrack Project from the submenu.

  7. In the Save 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.

    Figure. Send dialog.

    This creates a new Soundtrack Pro project that will be referred to as the “updated” project.

  8. Make sure that both the “original” audio mix project and the “updated” project are open in Soundtrack Pro.

  9. Do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Conform Projects.

    • Open the Conform tab, then click the Conform Projects button.

    This initiates the conform process.

  10. In the dialog that appears, do the following:

    1. Select the “original” audio mix project (the “sound editor version”) on the left.

    2. Select the “updated” project (the more recent send from Final Cut Pro—the “picture editor version”) on the right.

      Figure. Conform dialog.

    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.

  11. Determine whether Soundtrack Pro should make comparisons during the conform to filenames only, then do one of the following:

    • If the conform should make comparisons based the filename only, make sure the “Only Compare Backing File Filenames (instead of full path names)” checkbox is selected.

    • If the conform should follow full pathnames, make sure the “Only Compare Backing File Filenames (instead of full path names)” checkbox is deselected.

    If the “Only Compare Backing File Filenames (instead of full path names)” checkbox is deselected, Soundtrack Pro makes comparisons against the files and file path names as well. For example, an original Soundtrack Pro audio mix file is located in /users/username/Documents/ and the filename is “conform (sent).stmp.” If the checkbox is selected, Soundtrack Pro ignores the full path name, and just compares the filename itself. If the checkbox is deselected, Soundtrack Pro follows the full path name during the conform.

  12. Click Continue.

Soundtrack Pro analyzes the clip positions in your “original” audio mix and the clip positions in the “updated” picture edit from Final Cut Pro, and determines the best position/duration and media to use for each clip. Soundtrack Pro will attempt to conform the audio mix from the “original” project to match the video from the “updated” project.

The multitrack Timeline displays the new, untitled “result” project (the results of the conform process).

Figure. Multitrack Timeline.

The Conform tab displays the Conform worklist: a list of clips that may have moved or changed.

Figure. Conform tab.