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Video:Final Cut Pro Log and Capture

with Don Schecter

Once you have video footage that you're ready to edit, you can capture and log segments easily in Final Cut Pro. See how to log and capture videos and learn tricks to make this process easier.See Transcript

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Transcript:Final Cut Pro Log and Capture

Hi, I'm Don Schecter for About.com Computing. Today, I'll teach you how to log and capture your video footage in Final Cut Pro.

Supplies Needed to Log and Capture Videos

I'll need my mini DV camera, which has a firewall connection here. There are multiple types of firewire connections. Cameras require a 4-pin firewire cable on one end, while computers can have a 4- or 6-pin connection. My laptop has a 6-pin connection.

Connect Your Camera and Computer

I'll connect a firewire cable to my laptop, and then into my camera. Make sure you remember to turn on your camera, and set it on its VCR mode for playback.

Begin Log and Capture in Final Cut

After you've connected your camera to your computer, open up Final Cut Pro. Under 'File,' go to 'Log and Capture.' This brings up the log and capture window. On the top, you'll see how much free space there is on your hard drive and how many minutes you can capture.

Simple Capture in Final Cut Pro

The most basic capture method is to click the play button, and under 'Capture' on the right side, click on 'Now.' A capture screen pops up playing what's being captured. To stop capturing, hit the ESC button. This creates an untitled clip in our browser window. You can click on it to rename it.

Set Capture Reference Points in Final Cut

A more versatile way to capture is to press play again, and when you get to the beginning of what you want to capture click on the 'Mark In' icon. You can also press the letter 'i' for a shortcut.

When you get to the end of what you want to capture, click 'Mark Out' icon, or press the letter 'o' for a shortcut. Hit the play button to pause the video. We haven't actually captured the video, just set two reference points. To capture, click on the clip button under capture.

A window pops up. Give the clip a name - if you want you can give a log note description, and hit 'OK.' Now Final Cut will automatically rewind the tape and capture that one clip.

Batch Capture in Final Cut Pro

A space-saving method for capturing is to log your tape and to batch capture. This means you'll make a list of everything on your tape and you can decide later what parts you want to capture.

First, make sure you give each tape a number or name in the reel field. Now I'll press play again, set your 'In and Out' markers for the clip. Hit the play button to pause. And now I'll click on the log clip button. Now we'll name our clip (we can also give it a description) and click 'OK.'

We'll do this one more time. I'll hit the play button, set 'In and Out' points and hit pause again. And hit Log Clip. I'll name it and give a description.

Choose Clips to Batch Capture

In our browser window, you'll see captured clips which we can click on and view, and our newly-created log clips. These clips have a red line through them. This means they haven't been captured yet.

If you double-click on them, they say media offline. We need to batch capture our logged clips to use them. If you don't want to capture all of your logged clips select the ones you don't want and hit delete. I want them both so I'll go to edit, undo.

To capture the clips go back to the log and capture window and hit 'batch' under 'capture.' Let's change the drop-down menu to capture all offline clips and hit 'OK.'

It asks you to insert the right tape and hit continue. Final Cut will now rewind and capture those two clips. And once it's done, the red lines are gone and your clips are ready for editing. On a big project, this can save you a lot of time.

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