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Course For Logic's Music for Video Toolbox

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Learn essential skills for scoring video and film in this comprehensive tutorial by Steve H, a man with over 20 years of experience in making music for moving pictures.

Hi, Steve H here. I'd like to tell you about this tutorial, Logic’s Music-for-Picture Toolbox!

Film/video scoring is a skill that many composers need to master if they want to be competitive in this crazy world of music!

Every day, all around the world, there are thousands of cable TV and internet channels producing tons of video content that ALL need music and sound. However, before you can dig in and start composing for picture there are concepts you’ve got to understand and tools you need to know how to use.

In this second tutorial of my Logic’s ToolBox series, I demystify the relationship of time, tempo, and frame rates. I thoroughly explain SMPTE and video synchronization. I show you how to beat map “Hit” points and make all your beats line up with the picture. I reveal the best ways to import the video’s audio into Logic’s arrange page without worrying about losing synchronization. Even better, I share many of my film scoring “secrets” and take you on a compositional journey showing how I dream up my musical scores and turn them into final TV-ready productions... and that’s just the beginning!

As a bonus, I’m Including a free QT movie complete with visual time code for you to sync and compose to and some of my Logic project files to explore!

You know, I’ve been scoring to video for most of my musical life including many award winning films and TV series and it brings me great pleasure to share my Music-for-Picture knowledge my macProVideo friends!

So if you're new to film scoring this tutorial will start you on your way to a whole new dimension in your career. If you’re a professional film scorer this tutorial will give you some technical tips and tricks to help you perfect your skills.

Table of Contents:

1. The Relationship of Time & Tempo
2. Defining Film and Video Tempo
3. Finding the Framerate
4. Setting The Framerate
5. Time and Tempo Come Together
6. Ways to Open a Movie
7. Yet Another way to Open a Movie
8. Video Compression Explained
9. Different Video Codecs
10. Setting the Start Time
11. Aligning Bars to SMPTE
12. Playing Movie Audio
13. Importing a Movie's Audio
14. Imported Audio Sync Issues
15. Importing Audio Solution 1
16. Audio Sync Big Tip
17. Sync Workflow
18. Feeling the Music
19. Finding a Tempo
20. The Idea Becomes a Score
21. Hitting Frames With Audio FX
22. Swapping Left and Right Channels
23. Bouncing Stems
24.Exporting Audio to Movie
25. Auto Detect Cuts Creates Scene Markers
26. Deleting Useless Scene Markers
27. Manually Creating Markers
28. SMPTE Locking Manually Created Markers
29. Navigating with Markers
30. Marker Lists and Notes
31. Mastering the Marker Alternatives
32. Using Tap Tempo -Tempo Interpreter
33. Adjusting the Click Settings
34. Beat Mapping to Markers
35. Correcting Time Signatures
36. Hitting Frames with MIDI Events
37. The 1/4 Time Signature Option
38. Recording Without Beats and Bars
39. Recording Parts With Expression
40. Naming, Organizing and Aligning Cues
41. One Cue Per Project