Tip #195: What is an Audio Component?

… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #195: What is an Audio Component?

Larry Jordan – https://LarryJordan.com

Audio components allow manipulating audio channels separately.

View a clip's audio channels in the Audio Inspector.

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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.

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