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Chapter 5. Recording to Picture > Importing the Score and Incidental Music

Importing the Score and Incidental Music

Music plays an integral part in almost every visual production, from films and TV shows to corporate training videos. Music can come from CD libraries or from original music composers and recording artists. It might show up to you in the form of DAT tapes, Audio CDs, CD-ROMs, or even as multi-channel audio files. I’ve even used MP3s, but the quality is very low with these compressed files. Try to get uncompressed files for use in any professional project; MP3s might be sufficient for demo or scratch purposes, but they should not be used in any final product, if possible.

Importing from CD, DAT or Tape

Music commonly comes to you on an audio CD and can be imported using software such as Toast Audio Extractor to first translate the audio from the CD to a compatible file that Pro Tools will import. Details on how to do this appear earlier in this chapter, in the section on foley recording.


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