One thing I can’t seem to find is exporting split audio for a viewing. I have dialogue, music, FX and voice over, all assigned as Roles. The v/o artist requires a file, to watch on his TV or computer, with the v/o on the left channel and everything else on the right, I have been searching the web but I can’t see how this is done.
Everything I have tried gives me the option of separating the tracks but when I play back as a Quicktime everything is centered and mixed, there doesn’t appear to be the ability to pan left or right.
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This was a really good question. And the short answer is that you don’t need Roles. But you DO need a compound clip and a backup of your project. Here’s how this works.
Here’s our sample documentary: multiple talking heads (Dr. Cerf) and multiple audio tracks, both wild and synced to B-roll.
Before you do anything else, make a Snapshot of your project. Right-click on the project and select Duplicate Project as Snapshot (shortcut: Shift+Cmd+D). I recommend Snapshots instead of Duplicates, because Snapshots are totally independent from the parent project. Duplicate projects still link to compound clips and multicam clips stored in the parent project.
From here on out, we’ll be working with the Snapshot, so that any changes we make won’t be reflected back into the master project.
Double-click the Snapshot in the Browser to open it in the Timeline.
NOTE: If you don’t do this, you’ll be editing in the original project and, then, wow! will you be disappointed…!
Select all the voice over tracks that you want to pan to the left channel (or the right, this works either way).
Open the Inspector and click the Audio text button at the top. Change the Pan Mode from None to Stereo Left/Right.
Drag the pan slider all the way to the left (for the left channel) or right (for the right channel). This pans all your voice over audio to the left channel.
NOTE: A big timesaver is to select all the clips that you want to pan at once, then change the pan. The Inspector changes all selected clips at the same time by the same amount.
THE TRICKY PART
This is the very slick trick that makes this all work.
Select all the remaining audio that you want to pan to the other channel. Notice, here, that I selected both stand-alone audio clips and B-roll audio on both sides of the Primary Storyline!
NOTE: Audio can be located below OR above the Primary Storyline. This piece of heresy took me a long time to understand.
Choose File > New > Compound Clip and give the clip a name. I called this “Other Audio.” You can name this clip anything you like.
When you click OK, FCP X coalesces all the clips into a single compound clip. This clip is located above the Primary Storyline if you included video; below the Primary Storyline if you only included audio clips.
Select the Compound Clip in the Timeline.
Open the Inspector, click the Audio text button and scroll down to Channel Configuration. Unclick Use Event Clip Layout. This allows you to change the compound clip into a different format from the source clips that it contains.
Then, in Channel Configuration, set it to Dual Mono.
Change the Pan Mode to Stereo Left/Right and drag the pan slider all the way to the right (or left, if you panned the VO to the right.)
TEST YOUR MIX
When you play your mix, you’ll hear the VO on the left channel and everything else on the right. However, your levels will remain as you set them.
NOTE: Any stereo music or effects will be converted to mono during this procedure. This is why we created a duplicate of the source project.
Since FCP X always outputs in Stereo (and outputting Surround doesn’t make any sense for this procedure) you’ll create a single QuickTime movie with your audio panned exactly as you wanted when you select File > Share > Master File.
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