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Exporting Multiple Audio tracks with QuickTime

In Final Cut Pro you can now export a QuickTime movie with up to 24 embedded audio tracks. This is fantastic, especially if you need to send an audio mix to a sound designer. You can also use this as a method of transferring audio files to and from Avid ProTools.

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In ProTools, I found you have to input the movie twice in order to get the actual video to play along with all the tracks.

In order to export a QuickTime movie with more than 2 audio tracks, you will need to make some adjustments in your user preferences. Navigate to the Final Cut Pro menu – Users Preferences. Select the Audio Outputs tab. You will need to duplicate the locked preset in order to create a new one.

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The Audio Preset Editor will appear and you can choose the number of audio tracks you need. You can also choose whether tracks are stereo or dual mono.

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Before exporting your QuickTime movie, you will need to map the individual sequence tracks to their corresponding output tracks. You should do this step last, unless you have a way of monitoring more than 2 independent audio channels. Control click (or right click) on each track and assign it’s corresponding audio channel.

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*Remember, adjusting your user settings will not affect current sequences. It will only affect new sequences. You can make these same adjustments on a current sequence by control clicking (or right clicking) on an existing sequence and selecting its settings.

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