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Chapter 3. Importing and Managing Clips > Importing Digital Audio

Importing Digital Audio

If you're using the Mac OS, you can import all or part of a track from an audio CD. QuickTime directly converts the track on the CD to an AIFF file. Because this process converts the audio digitally, it prevents the quality loss associated with the conventional digitizing process (in which the CD audio is played back, delivered as an analog signal, and digitized again). Moreover, a digital conversion can take less time than playing the track in real time.

To import an audio CD track (Mac OS only):

1.
In the Project window, click the bin in which you want to import a clip to select it.

The bin appears highlighted, and the clip area displays the current contents of the bin.

2.
Make sure that an audio CD is inserted into your computer.

3.
In Premiere, choose File > Open (Figure 3.17).

Figure 3.17. Choose File > Open.


The Open dialog box appears.

4.
Navigate to the audio CD, select a track, and click Open (Figure 3.18).

Figure 3.18. In the Open dialog box, select an audio track, and click Open.


The Save Translated File As dialog box appears.

5.
Enter a name and destination for the AIFF file that you want to create and import.

6.
Click Options to open the audio settings (Figure 3.19).

Figure 3.19. Click the Options button.


The Audio CD Import Options dialog box appears (Figure 3.20).

Figure 3.20. In the Audio CD Import Options dialog box, choose settings for the converted audio file, and click OK.


7.
Choose the following options:

  • From the Rate pull-down menu, choose a sample rate.

44.100 kHz is equivalent to the CD's sample rate.

  • In the Size section, click a radio button to specify the bit depth.

16 bit is equivalent to the CD's bit depth.

  • In the Use section, click a radio button to specify mono or stereo.

Stereo matches most CD tracks.

8.
To preview and select a portion of the track, do one of the following:

  • To preview the track, click Play.

or

  • To select a portion of the audio track, enter the start and end times for the audio or drag the beginning and ending sliders.

9.
Click OK to exit the Audio CD Import Options dialog box and return to the Save Translated File As dialog box.

10.
Click Convert (Figure 3.21).

Figure 3.21. In the Save Translated File As dialog box, click Convert.


After the CD audio is converted and saved to the location you specified, it appears in the selected bin and in the source view of the Monitor window.

11.
To add the audio to the current project, drag the audio from the source view of the Monitor window to the appropriate bin in the Project window, or press - (Mac) or - (Windows) (Figure 3.22).

Figure 3.22. To add the audio to the current project, drag the audio from the source view of the Monitor window to the appropriate bin in the Project window.


The audio is not part of the project until it is listed in a bin of the Project window.


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