Final Cut Pro 6 - Choosing or Switching Audio Outputs

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Choosing or Switching Audio Outputs

You can choose an audio interface for playing audio from the Viewer, Canvas,
and Timeline.

To choose an audio interface to monitor your audio or to output audio to an
external device:


Choose Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings, then click the A/V Devices tab.


Choose an audio interface from the Audio pop-up menu. This interface is used for
playing audio from the Viewer, Canvas, and Timeline.

 Default: This option uses the output device you have selected in the Output pane of

the Sound pane of Mac OS X System Preferences (or in the Audio MIDI Setup utility).
If you want to control the audio output of Final Cut Pro from these locations, choose
this option. This is the default setting for audio output.

 Built-in Audio: This is your computer’s built-in audio interface.
 FireWire DV: If you connect a DV camcorder or deck to your computer, this option

becomes the default setting.

 Other available audio interfaces: If you have a third-party video or audio interface

installed, it appears in this list.

Depending on your hardware, additional options may be available to configure your
audio interface.

Choose an

audio interface here.

Click here to select
options for your
audio interface.

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Chapter 2

Assigning Output Channels and External Audio Monitors




Click Options, then make choices for the following:

 Channels: Choose the number of channels your audio interface can output. You can

assign sequence tracks to these channels by creating an audio output preset. For
more information, see “

About Audio Outputs

” on page 40.

 Bit Depth: Choose a supported bit depth for the audio. Sixteen-bit audio is

compatible with most DV equipment. For high-resolution output and export, 24-bit
audio is preferred.

 Sample Rate (Hz): Choose a standard sample rate from the pop-up menu. For professional

video applications, 48 kHz is typical, though 96 kHz is becoming more popular.


Select or deselect the following alert message options:

 Do not show External A/V Device Warning when device not found on launch: Select this

checkbox to turn off the alert message when selected devices cannot be found
during application startup.

 Do not show warning when audio outputs are greater than audio device

channels: When selected, this option disables the following message: “The selected
external audio device does not support N outputs. Unsupported outputs will be
ignored during playback on this machine.” This message appears when you assign
more audio output channels to a sequence than the audio interface currently
selected in the Audio/Video Settings window can support. For more information
about setting audio outputs, see “

Assigning More Audio Outputs Than Your

Hardware Supports

” on page 45.

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Part I

Audio Mixing