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Music for Film in Logic Pro February 23, 2010

Posted by PJ in : Composing, Digital home recording studios, Logic Studio 8, Projects , trackback

Hello everyone!!

In this article I will cover how to use Logic Pro to compose music for film. I’ve been using Logic for over 2 years now and recently I was asked to help write music for a short film.  Naturally my program of choice was Logic (I’m still on version 8 but this article should apply to 9 as well).  So here I would like to share my experience and provide an intro tutorial for working with video in Logic.

First, we need to get the video into Logic. This can be done easily by navigating to Options – Movie – Open Movie.

The video I used was a .mov file (about 4 minutes long) but I’ve also imported just about every other kind of video file into Logic without any issues. After Logic does its thing and imports the video in you will have a small “Movie” window in the upper left corner like so:

When you double click the movie window it will detach from the sidebar and expand for full viewing.  If you’re lucky enough to have a second monitor you can detach and drag this window onto it for a much easier viewing experience.

The next thing I would highly recommend you do is go back to the Options – Movie menu and select Create Scene Marker – Entire Movie. This will create handy scene markers underneath the bar markers.

I found this to be extremely helpful when I wanted to line up crucial hits and cues to the movie.  The scene markers are also displayed in all editing windows such as the Piano Roll, so you can fine tune everything.

Believe it or not that’s pretty much the gist of getting a video into Logic.  It’s an easy process and once I had everything set up in this fashion I found it very intuitive working with the Logic interface on one screen and watching the results on another.

One thing I should note here *** Working with a video in Logic (especially an HD video) was very resource intensive on my February 2008 Macbook Pro with 2GB of RAM.  The final project had about 35 channels and the computer was not able to handle it without frequent playback errors.  So if you are thinking about scoring a feature film you want to make sure you have a lot of RAM and enough processing power to get the job done. ***

Ready to see the results? Here is the final version of the short film Alderwood Ch.2 which was selected as a Top 5 video in a nationwide contest by Canon and Vimeo.  It is now up to voters to select a winner.

Alderwood – Chapter 2 from Kenny Mosher on Vimeo.

If you have a moment please vote for Alderwood Ch.2 by clicking below:



1. Damon Sink - February 23, 2010


Awesome stuff– but i can’t figure out how to vote once I hit the link?

2. PJ - February 24, 2010

Whoops sorry about that, try this link:


and login with your Vimeo account to cast your vote.

Also big thanks to Damon for pointing me in the right direction on this. Maybe we can get a version of this article for DP users? 😉

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4. Stefan Hansen - September 17, 2010

Just a little tip I´ve learned from anther guy: convert your quicktime-movie to quicktime JPEG (find it in QT export options). This means the mov consists of simple JPEGs in a row and is the least resource-intensive way to handle video, because Logic does not have to convert it in realtime. The video file itself will be much larger, though.

5. Giselle-Lorainne - January 31, 2011

I’m trying to compose an electronic score for a film and have no idea how to do it. Every electronic or synth sound i use with my melody just sounds wrong. I wish i had an expert like you at my side to guide me through this.

6. Benny S - June 11, 2011

Thanks for posting this, I’m just tackling my first soundtrack and this was SO helpful

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