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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 tracks from an audio CD without leaving Premiere. Using QuickTime, Premiere directly converts the track on the CD to a QuickTime movie 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 into which you want to import a clip to select it (Figure 3.17).

Figure 3.17. In the Project window, select a bin to contain the audio clip.


The bin is 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 > Import > File (Figure 3.18).

Figure 3.18. Choose File > Import File.


The Import dialog box appears.

4.
In the Import dialog box, navigate to the audio CD, select a track, and click Open (Figure 3.19).

Figure 3.19. Select an audio track and click Open.


The Save Translated File As dialog box appears.

5.
Enter a name and destination for the movie file that you want to create and import and click Convert (Figure 3.20).

Figure 3.20. Enter a name and destination for the converted audio file, and click Convert.


A progress bar appears, indicating how long the conversion will take (Figure 3.21). After the CD audio is converted and saved to the location you specified, it appears in the selected bin of the Project window and in the source view of the Monitor window (Figure 3.22). The audio clip refers to the converted file on your hard disk, not the track on the CD.

Figure 3.21. A progress bar indicates how long the conversion will take.


Figure 3.22. The audio clip appears in the selected bin of the Project window.



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