How to merge a composite shot with separate audio
Before I begin I'm going to apologize for the barrage of future questions I'm about to unleash, not only in this but other threads.
Here's why. I shot a short film, learned some cool stuff, made a rough cut, and now I'm trying to put it all together.
So, here's my latest question and my process.
1) I filmed a scene when someone gets shot
2) I merged the audio from an external recorder with #1 - everything went great
3) I did tons of test and learned how to replace the sky in the shot, and it looks great - but I used the raw audio (#1, not #2), which was dumb, but I was learning visuals instead of sound.
4) I learned how to animate bullet casings and added sound effects from #3.
The problem is the merged audio from #2 isn't used in #3 and #4.
My question is twofold - the first is about editing in general.
Is it a better idea to get all sound merged and exported before playing with visuals (I'm thinking yes)?
Second, is there an easy way to merge a composite shot with separate audio (as in merging the audio file from #2 and the visuals from #4)?
If I try merging the last good visual scene (#4 - so bullets and sky replacement) with the separate audio I don't even get a menu option to do so.
I really hope this makes sense, but I can also offer any newbies advice - when people tell you to organize your workflow, do it. When you're learning it's fine to just learn, but the first time you want to take everything you've learned and stick it together you better have organized your media, or you're in for a hell of a ride.