Final Cut Pro 6 - Video and Audio Interfaces

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Video and Audio Interfaces

An interface is a device that adds physical video or audio connectors to your computer
so that you can connect your Final Cut Pro system to other professional equipment
(such as video decks and monitors).

Interfaces provide input and output connectors that aren’t included with your
computer. For example, if you want to capture uncompressed NTSC video from a
Digital Betacam deck, you need a video interface that supports SDI signal input on a
standard BNC connector. If you want to output multiple audio channels to an analog
audio mixer or digital multitrack, you need an audio interface that has XLR,
1/4" tip-ring-sleeve (TRS), AES/EBU, or ADAT Lightpipe output connectors.

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Part III

Setting Up Your Editing System

You may want to consider adding a third-party interface to your system if:

 You are digitizing video from an older analog VTR (such as a Betacam SP deck) that

does not have digital video outputs or remote control via FireWire

 You are integrating Final Cut Pro into a professional broadcast environment that

requires SDI, HD-SDI, or other non-FireWire video and audio connections

 You need to capture, edit, and output full-resolution, uncompressed video signals

instead of DV video (which is compressed)

 You need to capture or output multiple audio channels

Third-party video and audio interfaces can be installed in one of your computer’s
PCI slots, connected to the USB port, or connected via FireWire (for example, the
AJA Io). For more information, see “

About Video Interfaces, Signals, and Connectors

” on

page 175 and “

About Audio Interfaces, Signals, and Connectors

” on page 187.