… for Apple Final Cut Pro X
Tip #195: What is an Audio Component?
Audio components allow manipulating audio channels separately.
An audio component is a channel in an audio file. For example, a stereo file has two channels – left and right. By default, Final Cut blends all the different channels in a clip into a single output. But, you can easily see each channel for clips located in either the Timeline or the Inspector. Here’s how.
- Select a clip in either the Browser or the Timeline.
- Go to the bottom of the Audio Inspector and change the menu in the top right corner to Mono. This displays each audio channel in the clip.
- Drag across each channel to preview it.
NOTE: As you drag across a channel the source timecode is displayed in the Viewer.
- Uncheck a channel to disable its audio.
NOTE: If you disable a channel in the Browser, it will remain disabled when you edit that clip into the Timeline.
To display the audio components of a clip in the Timeline, choose Clip > Expand Audio Components. (Shortcut: Control + Cmd + S).
Displaying audio components in the Timeline also allows you to trim and modify audio levels for each channel separately.