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Tip #1434: Fix for Intermittent Audio Playback

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Simply renaming the file fixed the problem!

An audio waveform.

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This tip came from Shaun Fothergill.

I am running macOS Big Sur and the latest version of FCP.

I had a problem with importing an mp4 Teams (Microsoft) video into my timeline. Intermittently, I would see only part of the audio wave form but could see/hear the whole video/audio playback.

When I exported the gaps in the audio waveform were silenced on play back – this got my head scratching!

If I played the video before import in QT or dropped it into Premiere then all seemed good – full audio waveform seen in Premiere for example.

So with a combination of these I was able to use FCP to get through my edit.

Today the dropped audio waveform happened again but, then, I stumbled on a ridiculously easy fix!

Before you import the file into FCP, rename your .mp4 video to .mov . Bingo! Audio is back on the timeline

All it took was renaming the file.


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