Audio in FCP

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  1. DrRock macrumors regular

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    I have a bunch of tunes in mp3 format that i want to incorporate into a video project in FCP. I know that importing them as mp3s will result in poor quaity audio. To remedy this, I burn a CD of the tunes then re-import them as AIFFs into FCP. Is there a faster way, and one that doesn't waste CDs? Can I convert file formats in iTunes, or is there any other software that does it?
     
  2. eXan macrumors 601

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    Why rip CDs? :confused:

    Just convert MP3s to AIFF in iTunes... :rolleyes:
     
  3. sk3pt1c macrumors 6502a

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    you could convert to .wav
    there are free programs out there that will do that
    do a search at macupdate.com, you'll probably find something there
    "mp3 to wav" is what i use now
    your audio will be converted to .aiff if you export with compressor
    i've gone that way to make a dvd and did not notice any problems
    with the audio quailty
     
  4. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020

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    Converting the MP3 to AIFF or WAV before importing to Final Cut will not solve your quality problem. Your only fix for that will be to re-rip the song(s) from the original discs.

    Burning the MP3s to an audio CD and re-ripping them as AIFF or WAV will most likely create a file with lower quality than a straight MP3->WAV conversion (due to errors in burning, ripping, etc.)
     
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    You can convert to AIFF or WAV using iTunes. No need for another app. But like Chris said, converting from MP3 to AIFF won't improve the audio quality. The OP needs to go back to the original CDs.


    Lethal
     
  6. DrRock thread starter macrumors regular

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    ^

    I guess my question in the first place wasn't phrased correctly. How to I convert from mp3 to AIFF in iTunes? I can't seem to find the function.
     
  7. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    set itunes encoder to AIFF and then rip
     
  8. DrRock thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, cool. So, I assume I should just change the settings for when I am inporting songs for FCP, and then back to mp3 for ipod usage, huh?
     
  9. eXan macrumors 601

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    In iTunes' Advanced->Import preferences choose AIFF. Then in iTunes main window select song you want to convert and got to Advanced menu->Convert Selection to AIFF.

    :)
     
  10. DrRock thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!

    This is WAY belated, but thanks for the info! I converted it to IAFF, and it now plays without error in FCP. As for the improved quality, I guess I phrased it wrong. It wasn't that I was trying improve the quality, but as anyone wo's worked with mp3s in FCP knows, you get little dropouts here and there. That's what I meant by that, I just wanted to avoid those. Thanks again!
     
  11. NickFalk macrumors 6502

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    Surely you can just pull the track straight from the CD to your HD in finder. No need to go through iTunes at all.
     
  12. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    You can use Quicktime Player. That's probably the easiest if you only have a few you want converted to .aiff. Just open the .mp3 in QT, export as AIFF with 48KHz rate, and you're all set. :)
     
  13. faustfire macrumors 6502a

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    Yea, quicktime is the way to go. Much faster.
     
  14. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    You need at least one conversion step because the audio on CD is 44.1khz and the audio of digital video is 48khz.


    Lethal
     
  15. 3dit3r macrumors member

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    Actually, if you have multiple songs that you need to convert from a CD or a folder, you can select all the files you wish to convert in iTunes, and convert all into AIFF. Somewhat of a 'batch' encode. Much faster than QT.
     
  16. DrRock thread starter macrumors regular

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    ^

    I didn't know I could use Quicktime. That will help me in the future. This song in particular was never on CD, it was a downloaded mp3, that's were I was stuck. I got it now though. Thanks!
     
  17. eXan macrumors 601

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    In QT there's an option called "Export Audio to AIFF"

    It is for extracting audio from videoclips, but I belive it can be used to convert MP3s to AIFFs too :)
     

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