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Importing Audio

You import audio-only files into an After Effects project as you would any other file. However, a unique feature of After Effects is that you can preview the audio from within the Import dialog box. When you use audio as a layer in a composition, you can set the preview settings, such as the bit depth and sample rate. You can learn more about using audio in a composition in Chapter 7, and more about previewing audio in Chapter 8. Video footage that has audio can be imported as a single footage item. (See "Importing Motion Footage," later in this chapter).

To import audio:

1.
Choose File > Import > Footage File.

The Import Footage dialog box appears.

2.
Locate and select an audio-only file.

3.
To preview the audio before you import it, check the Show Preview box.

If necessary, click the Create button to create a preview.

An audio preview appears in the Import dialog box.

4.
To listen to the audio, click the playback controls of the audio preview (Figure 2.63).

Figure 2.63. Standard playback controls allow you to listen to the audio before you decide to import it.


5.
Click Open to import the audio file.

The audio file appears in the Project window as an audio footage item, with the appropriate speaker icon (Figure 2.64).

Figure 2.64. Audio footage is identified in the Project window by a speaker icon.



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