Final Cut Pro 6 - Using the Export Audio to AIFF(s) Command

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Using the Export Audio to AIFF(s) Command

Follow these steps to export AIFF files for each audio output channel in your sequence.

To export audio to AIFF files:


Select a sequence in the Browser or open the sequence in the Timeline.


Choose File > Export > Audio to AIFF(s).


In the Save dialog, choose a location and enter a name for the file.

Tip: If you’re exporting multiple audio files, it’s a good idea to create a folder and
choose it as the location to save to.

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Part I

Audio Mixing


Choose a sample rate, bit depth, and channel configuration from the pop-up menus.

 Rate: Lower sample rates take less bandwidth but have lower quality. Make sure

your sample rate is compatible with the audio facility you’ll be handing the files off
to. Usually, you should use the sample rate specified in your sequence settings, which
should ideally be the sample rate of the original audio media files.

 96 kHz: This is a high-resolution sample rate that can be easily converted to 48 kHz.
 88.2 kHz: This is a high-resolution sample rate that can be easily converted to

44.1 kHz audio files.

 48 kHz: DV formats and many professional video formats use this sample rate.
 44.1 kHz: This is the sample rate of music CDs and some DAT tapes.
 32 kHz: This corresponds to a consumer sample rate option on DV camcorders.

Unless you have a special reason, avoid this sample rate for audio export.

 Depth: Choose the bit depth used for each sample.

 16-bit: This is the bit depth of DV formats, as well as of music CDs. If all of your

original audio media is 16-bit, and you aren’t routing multiple audio tracks to the
same audio output, choose this option.

 24-bit: A high-resolution bit depth compatible with many third-party capture cards

and external audio interfaces. Choose this option to preserve the highest-possible
quality when exporting your files, especially when some of your audio files are 24-bit,
or when you are mixing multiple audio channels together by routing them to the
same output channel.

 Config: Choose Channel Grouped (for multiple AIFF files) or Stereo Downmix. For

details about these options, see “

Audio Output Export Settings

” on page 45.


When you’re ready to export, click Save.

Note: All audio that requires rendering is automatically rendered with a render quality
of High, regardless of the render quality setting.

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Chapter 10

Exporting Audio for Mixing in Other Applications