Creating a Radio Edit example

The editing example provided below can be followed step-by-step if you have the Bryan Adams' Everything I Do I Do It For You song in your Ots file collection. In this example you will be editing the outro of the Everything I Do I Do It For You song.


Editing Bryan Adams' Everything I Do I Do It For You

Both the album and greatest hits versions of this song have an extended section at the end that goes on for a few minutes. DJs and radio stations rarely play this extended ending. What is the proper way to remove it? Traditionally you would have permanently edited the Wave/MP3 before converting to Ots. With Ots Studio and the ACI chunk handler you don't need to do this, plus you can keep both versions for those rare times when you do want to play the full version!

What we are going to do here, is create a "Radio Edit" version of the song, without taking up any additional storage space on your hard disk drive!



Chunk map view of Ots Album file - So Far So Good




Adding the radio edit item



Note: The information in square brackets after each chunk shows how many other chunks reference the same information, and shows a unique ID number. When you Unlink the chunk, it becomes unique and is no longer locked to the original chunk. This allows editing of only the unique chunk, and not the reference chunk from the original track. The graphic below shows the changes when the ACI chunk is Unlinked.




ACI chunk of radio edit version



Setting the Outro Trim Point



Setting the Outro Fade Start Point



Setting the Outro Reference Point



Realize that the biggest chunks that are normally present in Ots files are the Audio Data or Video Data chunks. These can be 3, 4, 5 (even 500) or more MB per song. So by creating a new item which links to the same Audio Data and Video Data chunk, but which has a different ACI chunk, you have essentially created your own custom edit of a track without having to actually dedicate any additional space to it.

Another good example of a song in which this is commonly done is Meatloaf's "You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth". DJs/Radio stations normally skip the intro section that consists of narrative for about 30 seconds. But there are times when it is desirable to play the entire, full length version of the song, so it's great to have both available!


Related Topics:

Understanding ACI

Using the ACI chunk handler

Editing examples