ADR in FCP X.

/ADR in FCP X.
ADR in FCP X.2016-02-11T04:18:42-07:00
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Hi,

I’m attempting to perform some ADR on a short film in FCP X. The audio from the original location shoot is totally unusable due to poor audio capture and excessive traffic noise, so I’ve had the actor come in and re-record his lines. I’m now currently trying to synch this re-recorded audio to the footage in the FCP X timeline, so have two questions really; 1) does anyone have any top tips for synching ADR audio to footage and (2) does anyone have any suggestions on how to use FCP X to make studio recorded dialogue sound more like it was recorded outdoors (all the action takes place at various locations around central London)?

Hope that makes sense, any thoughts (other than re-shoot the footage) will be very gratefully received,

cheers,

Dan

Okay, as no one seems to want to play with my ball (sniff!) I’ll give anyone who is interested an update on what I did.
In answer to my first question, about synching ADR audio to footage, I found no magic quick fix for this within FCP X. I just made compound clips for each scene, sliced up the audio into relevant chunks, hit the / key and used , and . to shift the audio clip until it aligned with the footage and synched with the actors lips. It took a long time. A long time.
As to my second question, I found all the reverb effects in FCP X to be more than a little heavy handed. I played around with the templates a lot and they seem to be fine if you need to place your audio in a large room or cathedral, where there is plenty of reverb but to create a subtle, ‘recorded on the street’ feel? Not so much (but if anyone knows differently, please do let me know). So, I ended up relying on the EQ and creating a more ‘airy’ (is that a word?) sound to the audio by playing with the sliders within the 2-16 kHz range. That gave the sound some extra space but also tended to give the actor’s voice a slightly strangled quality, so I added some bass boost.
Anyway, those were my findings, such as they are. You can check out the end results below;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEvuTGImuPI

Cheers,

Dan

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Dan, I aplogize for not getting back to you sooner.  These longer posts take some thought and I don’t want to offer a quick fairly useless repsonse.  Have you tried Space Designer? It’s really awesome, it’s built into FCPX, but it take some time getting used to it – https://documentation.apple.com/en/soundtrackpro/effectsreference/index.html#chapter=11%26section=0%26tasks=true

Hi Steve,

thanks so much of the feedback. I did have a brief look at Space Designer but time (and fear of its interface) prevented me from really delving into it. Thanks to your steer, I’m currently having some ‘Space Designer time’ and while I feel a little bit like a monkey with a microscope, I’m slowly (very slowly) getting to grips with its subtleties and creating some improved audio.

Cheers,

Dan