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Logic Pro: Adding Audio To Video

Apple Logic Pro X Tips & Techniques By Stephen Bennett
Published December 2021

Screen 1: Configuring the video display.Screen 1: Configuring the video display.

Logic Pro X contains everything you need to add high‑quality audio to your videos. Let's find out how...

Logic Pro X may not be the first DAW you think of for working with visual media, but it is in fact more than capable of creating sophisticated soundtracks for video content. In fact, its close integration with Final Cut Pro makes it the ideal DAW if you are working with that particular non‑linear editor (NLE).

Lock & Load

To get a movie into Logic, just drag the file onto the Arrange page. You’ll be asked to open the movie and whether you want to extract the audio track — this is probably a good idea. Depending on the file, Logic may also complain that the default frame rate isn’t the same as the imported movie, so you should choose the option that conforms the Project’s frame rate to the video’s. This will then load the video into a separate window and place its audio on a new track. Depending on your computer, you may want to avoid using 4K+ resolution videos, although the latest Macs won’t break a sweat working with these. I find that 720x960 resolution is just fine, and Logic can import almost all the common video formats.

The Video window can then be resized, either by Ctrl‑clicking and selecting a preset size and location or by using the mouse and dragging it. When you’re working with audio and video, the positioning of content in absolute time is essential. Movie time is usually measured in SMPTE timecode values of hours, minutes, seconds and frames, so open the Preferences from the Logic Pro menu and choose Display Time as SMPTE, with or without subframes depending on how much resolution you require. If you Ctrl‑click on the control bar and change the LCD to Time, these preference changes will then be reflected in the Time window. It’s useful to have a timecode display running alongside your video, so create a Transport Float from the Window menu, Ctrl‑click on it, set the LCD to Time and de‑select every other option. This creates a resizable timecode window. Next, click on the downward arrow on the right and select Open Giant Time Display (Screen 1). This generates a nice timecode window that you can place under your video. These window positions can be saved as Screensets from the numerical menu to the left of the Help menu.

If you click on the Global Tracks button, you’ll see the movie path already there, and dragging this area down should display thumbnails of the video. You should Ctrl‑click and open the Marker Global track while you’re here, as Markers can help when moving around lengthy sections of footage. You can also auto‑create Markers from scene cuts or Marquee selections from the Navigate/Other menu.

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