Final Cut Pro 6 - Capturing an Entire Tape Using Capture Now

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Capturing an Entire Tape Using Capture Now

Make sure that your camcorder or deck is connected to your computer and that you’ve
chosen the correct Easy Setup and specified a scratch disk. For more information, see

Are You Ready to Log and Capture?

” on page 245.

You do not need to set In and Out points when you use Capture Now. The In point is
determined when you press the Capture Now button, and the Out point is determined
when you press Escape, or when a maximum number of minutes that you specify
is reached.

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Part IV

Logging, Capturing, and Importing

To capture an entire tape to your scratch disk using Capture Now:


In the Logging tab of the Log and Capture window, enter a reel name, description, and
other logging information.

For more information, see Chapter 16, “

Logging Clips

,” on page 247 and “


Automatic Filenaming During Capture Now

” on page 283.

Note: Since you are capturing the entire tape, some fields in the Logging tab may not
apply. You can leave those blank.


Click the Capture Settings tab, then click the Scratch Disks button.


In the Scratch Disks dialog, select the Limit Capture Now To checkbox. Then enter a
number of minutes for the maximum duration of your tape. To be safe, you can add an
extra minute or two. You can also follow the steps in “

Limiting the Duration of the

Capture Now Process

” on page 281.


Rewind the tape to the beginning by doing one of the following:

 Press the Rewind button on your VTR or camcorder.
 Click the Rewind button in the Log and Capture window.


When you’re ready to begin capturing, do one of the following:

 Click the Play button.
 Press the Space bar.


Click the Capture Now button.

Final Cut Pro begins capturing your media file to your scratch disk.


Press the Escape key to stop capturing, or wait until Final Cut Pro automatically stops
because the maximum amount of time in the Limit Capture Now To field has
been reached.

Once Final Cut Pro stops capturing, a clip appears in your logging bin. The new clip
refers to the media file you just captured.


Double-click the clip in the Browser to open it in the Viewer.


Review the clip briefly to see that it plays back properly, and make sure it contains all of
the tracks you wanted to capture (video, multiple audio channels, and proper timecode).

Tip: You can easily find a clip’s media file by selecting the clip in the Browser and
choosing View > Reveal in Finder.

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Chapter 17

Capturing Your Footage to Disk



Automatically Creating Subclips Using DV Start/Stop Detection

If you are using a DV format (DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, or DVCPRO HD), you
may be able to create subclips automatically from start/stop metadata that is embedded
in video frames each time you stop and start the camcorder. This DV start/stop metadata
is captured and stored in the media file. Final Cut Pro can identify the location of each
start/stop marker (sometimes referred to as an embedded flag) to automatically place
markers in a clip. These markers can then be used to create subclips.

Note: DV start/stop metadata is not timecode. It is independent time-of-day metadata
recorded within the video data of your footage. When the time-of-day information
jumps dramatically from one shot to the next, Final Cut Pro recognizes that the shot
has changed and can place a marker at that point in the clip.