Final Cut Pro 6 - Using Audio Mixer Views

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Using Audio Mixer Views

When you work on sequences with many audio tracks, some of the track strips in the
Audio Mixer may appear offscreen. To avoid having to constantly scroll back and forth,
you can hide the track strips of tracks you don’t immediately need to work with.

You can also create different views to organize groups of tracks in your sequence
according to their content. Using the Audio Mixer View buttons, you can save four
different sets of track configurations for each sequence in your project.

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Chapter 4

Overview of the Audio Mixer



When you first open the Audio Mixer, the default view is View 1, showing all audio
tracks in your sequence. Any tracks you show or hide using the Track Visibility controls
while the View 1 button is selected are remembered as View 1.

If you click the View 2 button and then show or hide audio track strips, that altered
layout is remembered as View 2.

Clicking the View 1 button restores the state of the Audio Mixer to View 1, the way it
was before you clicked the View 2 button.

View 1 showing only the

first four audio track


View 2 showing only the

last three audio track


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Part I

Audio Mixing

Organizing track strips this way is especially helpful if you organize your audio tracks
according to their content. For example, you could set up View 1 to display only the
track strips for audio tracks in your program containing dialogue clips. View 2 could
then show only the track strips for audio tracks containing music clips, View 3 could
show track strips for tracks containing sound effects, and View 4 could show track strips
for tracks containing ambience clips. This way, you can quickly jump back and forth
between related groups of track strips as you refine your audio mix.

Note: New audio tracks added to your sequence after you’ve customized your views
are displayed by default in all four views. To hide them, you must go to each view and
hide new tracks with the corresponding Track Visibility controls.

To show or hide individual audio track strips:


If necessary, click the disclosure triangle in the upper-left corner of the Audio Mixer to
display the Track Visibility area.


Click the Track Visibility control to the left of the track label for the track strip you want
to show or hide.

To customize and save different Audio Mixer views:


Click the View button for the view you want to customize.


Click the Track Visibility controls for the track strips you want to show or hide.

The settings are remembered whenever you switch back to that view.

To reset all tracks to be visible in a particular Audio Mixer view:


Control-click a Track Visibility control, then choose Show All from the shortcut menu.

These tracks

are hidden.

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