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Chapter 4. Capturing and Importing Media > Recording Audio with the Punch-In To...

Recording Audio with the Punch-In Tool

The Audio Punch-In tool is typically used to record voice-over narration with an external microphone. You can record using a microphone connected to your analog sound card, a microphone connected to a digital-analog converter that is connected to the computer via FireWire (OHCI), or the microphone on a DV camcorder connected to your computer via FireWire.

To record audio directly into the Timeline with the Punch-In tool:

1.
Load the sequence into which you want to record audio by dragging a sequence icon from a bin to the Composer window.

2.
Choose Tools > Audio Punch-In.

The Audio Punch-In tool opens.

3.
In the Audio Punch-In tool, click the Input pop-up menu and choose your audio input (choose OHCI if going through FireWire).

4.
Open the Audio tool by choosing Tools > Audio Tool. In the Audio tool, click the two small I/O buttons at the top of the tool so that they display I for input.

Now you can check the levels of your microphone using the Audio tool's input meter.

5.
In the Timeline, click Mark In to mark an In point where you want the recording to begin in your sequence. Click Mark Out to mark an Out point where you want the recording to end.

6.
In the Audio Punch-In window, choose your audio record channels (Ch1 or Ch2) by clicking the appropriate channel buttons. If you're using a mono mike, click just one channel button.

7.
In the Audio Punch-In window, choose a bin in which to store the audio recording from the Target Bin pop-up menu, and from the Track pop-up menu choose the track to which you want to record (choose New Track to create a new track for the audio).

8.
Enter a number of seconds in the preroll box to tell Xpress Pro how much of your sequence to play before it starts recording at the In point. Enter a number of seconds in the postroll box to tell Xpress Pro how much of your sequence to play after recording stops at the Out point.

9.
(Optional) Enter a handle amount in the Handle box if you want Xpress Pro to record extra amounts before the In and Out points, just to be safe.

10.
Click the Record button (Figure 4.38).

Figure 4.38. To record audio while you watch your movie play, open the Audio Punch-In tool, set In and Out points in the Timeline, select a target track in the Audio Punch-In tool, and click the Record button.


Xpress Pro backs up before your In point and starts playback. When it reaches the Timeline In point, it starts recording. When it reaches the Out point, it stops recording, and a new audio segment appears in your Timeline.

A new audio segment appears in your target bin.

11.
Give the new audio segment a new name.

✓ Tips

  • To abort the punch-in recording process, click the trash can in the Audio Punch-In menu.

  • To ensure smooth performance when recording audio, turn off Timeline Sample Plot (waveform) display by deselecting Sample Plot in the Timeline Fast menu. (For more information on audio waveforms, see Chapter 12, “Working with Audio.”)

  • To ensure smooth performance when recording audio, also turn off your real time effects by clicking the real-time button in the Timeline, so it turns blue. (For more information about real-time effects, see Chapter 11, “Rendering and Real Time.”)

  • In the Audio Punch-In tool, you can change your input source by clicking the Input Source pop-up menu and choosing from the list that appears.

  • You can open the Audio tool from within the Audio Punch-In tool by clicking the speaker icon.


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