That’s right.  Know who said that?  This guy.  He wrote the special and general theories of relativity, received the 1921 Nobel Prize, and knew every Logic hot-key in the manual by heart.  Anyways, today we’re gonna look at organizing a video session within Logic.  If you haven’t scored video in Logic already, it has some great tools and details that make the process simple and efficient.

The first step is getting your movie into Logic.  Under the “Global” tracks in the arrange window is a “Video” track.  If you click the arrow next to “Video” to view details, there is a “Open Movie” button.  This will take you to your finder window, where you can select whichever video clip it is you plan on using:

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Now we’ve got our movie in the Arrange Window.  If the actual movie window is too large for you to watch the clip and still see your audio tracks in the Arrange view, I would suggest right-clicking the video and choosing “0.5 size” to cut the dimensions down by half.  If you’d like to have a fullscreen movie running as well, so you can easily view one without changing the actual dimensions every 20 seconds; duplicate the screenset.  Go up to the top and pull down the screenset menu.

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Choose duplicate, and title it whatever you’d like.  If you’re in a basic Logic session, you’ll most likely be working in screenset 9.  Right click the movie and choose full screen.  Now you can use your keyboard #1 to go to screenset 1 (half-size movie, music editing), and #9 for screenset 9 (fullscreen viewing mode).

Now it’s time to create markers.  There are two main ways to do this, namely automatically or manually.  Manually is simply scrolling the play head to where you’d like the marker to go, drag down the “Options” menu, select marker and then create.

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You can also view your Marker List by hitting the “Lists” button on the top right of the arrange window, and choosing the Marker Tab:

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Hitting “Shift + R” on this menu will change the marker data to minutes and seconds, allowing you to scroll the playhead to more precise points.

The other “automatic” way of creating markers is to just click the “Detect Cuts” button in your Global Video Track:

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This usually does a great job of finding exact scene cuts in the video track, however areas where video effects are heavy or duration/speed have been toyed with can sometimes get extra cuts.  If you’re going to use the “Detect Cuts” method, be sure to double-check any such areas after the process is complete.

That’s it for this week.  As always feel free to send in questions or examples of your work to share!  I’m always down to post some new art

Johnny