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Studio One: Making The Most Of Video Player

PreSonus Studio One Tips & Techniques By Robin Vincent
Published April 2022

Importing a video is as simple as dragging the file into your timeline.Importing a video is as simple as dragging the file into your timeline.

Studio One’s Video Player makes writing for picture a breeze. Find out how...

With the ridiculous range of cinematic sounds we have at our fingertips I think we’d all relish the opportunity to score a movie. But when the call from [insert favourite director’s name here] comes in, is Studio One up to the task of generating the soundtrack to a film and putting you on the road to your first Oscar? Perhaps the better question is: how does video work inside Studio One?

Studio One has no pretensions to take on Premier or Davinci Resolve when it comes to video editing, but it does have some rudimentary video support to allow you to write and compose in perfect sync to moving pictures. We’re assuming here that you’ve been sent a digital video file, and it’s on your computer. We’re not going to be tackling sync’ing to an external video machine or capturing film ourselves.

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You’ll find the Video Player under the View menu, but the easiest way to get video rolling is to drag in a video file from the browser. All supported video files appear in the file list with a film strip icon next to them. Supported formats include MP4, 3GP, MOV, AVI, MPG, M4V, MKV and WMV. Drag the video file into your timeline and it will automatically bring up the Video Player ready to go. The video won’t exist in your timeline like an audio track; it only appears in the Video Player window.

You can use a couple of modifier keys during the drag‑and‑drop to get a bit more value out of that single action. Hold Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac), and you can extract the audio from the video at the same time and place it in the timeline. Or, if you hold Ctrl (Windows) or Cmd (Mac) you can pull over the audio by itself, although in this case, we really do want the video.

You are unlikely to want to extract the audio if the video has come from a studio that wants you to provide a soundtrack. However, if you want the video’s audio to appear mixed with your music when you render the project, you’ll need that audio on its own track.

According to the Studio One manual, when you drag in a video it will automatically be offset to the point on the timeline that you dropped it. This has not been my experience. Whenever...

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