In podcast 195 we read out a great time saver from community member Justin Walker who developed a great workaround for the long render times when using X-Form on Elastic Audio tracks. Over to you Justin...
When I used to work in reality TV, I'd often struggle trying to make sense of picture editors' music edits which were commonly cut to beats of the picture and not the other way around. This made for bad music edits and I would regularly find myself needing to stretch long clips of material to change the music timing to make the music edits work in an unnoticeable way, but the Polyphonic Elastic Audio Algorithm doesn't sound too great to my ears and the X-Form Elastic Audio track kept me waiting with long render times before I could audition the edit.
To get around this, I set up a Polyphonic work track and an X-Form work track, do my time stretching in the Polyphonic track, and then when I was happy with the timing I would drag my work down onto the X-Form track which would begin the audio render in the background. I could also then drag it up to my music tracks while it continued rendering and whilst I moved onto the next music cue.
Update From Community Member Dave Albro
Here is another X-Form tip from Dave Albro. Since this process works on the entire audio clip, I separate the area on which I am working (basically, cut what's on the screen) and drop locking markers near each end of my "working" clip. Once I am finished, I will commit and then consolidate.
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