Logic and Multimedia Production

Logic has become one of the most popular products for film and television music production. Explain how to add a video file as an .avi or .mpg in Logic so that you can work wholly within Logic itself.

Writing music to picture for film and television often required a whole hose of equipment from some form of video player synchronized to your computer sequencer and digital audio workstation. However, Logic takes this task in its stride, and today whole soundtracks can be written for picture from the one application. This has been made possible by the thorough integration of a visual player and high-level synchronization options from the ground up. This flexibility has meant that Logic has become one of the most popular products for film and television music production.

Additional in the past few years, we have seen a sudden rise in other outlets for the music producer, such as gaming and Internet multimedia. Logic with its integration of codecs to export audio as MP3, AAC and many other than recording and production.

Managing movies

Logic has been at the forefront of music and audio composition for picture for sometime and as such there are many ways you can work with visuals. You can, of course, synchronize Logic to an external Visual Editor such as Avid or Final Cut, if you so wish, but you' re more likely to obtain a video file as an .avi or .mpg (Quicktime) ideally with embedded timecode so that you can work wholly within in Logic itself.

Before starting work on the music and audio for your visuals, you will need to import the movie into Logic. There are a couple of methods to achieve this. The first is to go Options> Movies. Here you will be greeted by another menu of options, which give the user flexibility in integrating video into the Logic song. To begin to integrate movies within your song, go to Open Movie (Options> Movies> Open Movie). The second method involves selecting your movie using the Open Movie button in the Video lane within the Global Tracks, which is covered later.

Once you have located your movie in the browser, it will appear as a floating window which sits neatly on top of Logic. This can be moved sound to fit the screen arrangement you have currently. This floating movie window can be resized to suit and this is achieved by Control+clicking the video window. This produces a new small selection box that reveals itself to offer you the choice of an alternative size for the window of the Video Project Settings.

The Video Project Settings allow you to control a number of things starting with where the movie presents itself. Within the Video Output menu it is possible to select the preferred output. This will naturally remain as "Window" which will open the movie in the standard floating window. For using a second monitor attached to the DVI output of your Mac, select Digital Cinema Desktop and then select the size of Video Format for the screen. This monitor cannot be used for any other function whilst Logic is in this mode.

The audio from the original movie can be piped through to the main output, although you may wish to control this by importing the audio into the Logic project, which we'll cover later. Other flexibillities are available here such as start running from 00:00:00:00, but may indeed need some pre-roll any introductory credits that might not have come to you yet.

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Posted on Jan 30, 2011