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Sync music to video
Jul 19 2004
17:08
andromeda
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Could anyone give me some advice on the following problem?
I will shortly have to provide some music to be synchronised to a short video. I can have the video as either avi or quicktime. The video will have smpte time code. What is the [b:2ioors38]simplest and cheapest [/b:2ioors38]way to create the music track such that I can sync it to the video. The music needs to be in midi format initially (so I guess that means I must use one of my sequencers), and will then be realized as audio and burned to CD. The audio and CD bit are no problem. Which software would be best for importing the midi files, combining with audio wav files (from [i:2ioors38]Vocaloid[/i:2ioors38]) and synchronising with an imported avi or mov file. I do not need to edit the video or to add the soundtrack to it. Just create the soundtrack.
Thanks in advance……
Chris

Jul 19 2004
19:27
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The cheapest and simplest are not always the same thing!

The simplest way is to use a sequencer that will import the video and play it along with the midi and audio tracks. E.g. Cubase SX, Cakewalk Sonar etc. (Lower versions of cubase may do this but I’m not sure – Cubase SX will also replace the soundtrack on the .AVI – again maybe others will too I’m not sure.).

It really depends what you’re required to do. When I’m working to picture I’m usually doing stuff that requires the music to tightly synch to the video – down to the frame level. The easiest way to do this is using a sequencer as described above.

If you don’t have one of these, the other way is to write down the time code points you need to hit and work to the time code in the sequencer but without the video. If you’re squencer won’t even display a time code then you seriously need a new sequencer. :-)

For this method you’re going to need an AVI file with a VISUAL time code burned onto it. I.e. It tells you how many hours, minutes, seconds and the frame number of every frame, visually somwhere in the picture. If that’s what you mean by SMTPE time code then that’s cool. If not it’s going to be difficault. You’ll have to rely on your video player software to give you the time but that might not have enough accuracy. E.g. it might only read out to the nearest minute.

If you don’t need to hit certain time points then don’t worry about synching the video at all. You simply don’t need to. Just find out how long your music is meant to be.

Also are you required to mix the audio with the video? That’s not the sort of thing the music person should be doing. The video people should just take a .wav from you and use it in thier video editing suite.

If you REALLY need to merge the music .wav with the AVI then there’s a few cheap shareware program that will do this, or if you’re on Windows XP use the MovieMaker software that came free with XP.

Summary: (Since I’ve banged on a bit)

Simplest – use a good sequencer.

Cheapest – note the time codes from the video (visual time code required – failing that take time from video player software) and work to the time code in the sequencer.

If you don’t need to hit time points then you don’t need to synch anyway.

Paul

Jul 19 2004
21:00
andromeda
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Thanks Moog
The video file I will get will be .avi and will have visual time code (hr:min:sec:frame) on it. I don’t as yet know how closely the music will need to be synced, but there will be two or three hit points. I don’t need to mix the audio and video – just produce the audio. From what you say, I can do this in my copy of Cubasis (a “lower version” Cubase) as this can, I’ve just discovered, import video and sync it to the midi tracks. I’ve not used Cubasis much before (I tend to use notation software) but I have used Cakewalk. My old version of Cakewalk doesn’t import video so that just about settles it, I think! Thanks for the help Moog. Good luck with your projects.
Chris

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