Final Cut Pro 6 - Avoiding Duplicate Timecode Numbers on a Single Tape

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Logging Media Efficiently

If you’re logging a lot of material, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the
various keyboard shortcuts you can use. Here’s an example of a logging workflow.

 Use the J, K, and L keys to quickly play through your tape. Press J to play the tape at

various speeds in reverse, press K to stop playback, and press L to play the tape at a
variety of speeds going forward. For more information, see “

Shuttling Through a

Clip or Sequence

” on page 103.

 When you’ve identified your In and Out points, press I to set the In point and press

O to set the Out point.

 Press F2 to log your clip.
 If the Prompt checkbox is selected, a dialog appears where you can enter a name,

and then press Tab to move down to the Notes field, if desired.

 Press Return or Enter to finish logging the clip.

Repeat this sequence for other clips you want to log.

Here are additional pointers for logging your material quickly:

 A new In point is automatically set at the Out point of the last logged clip.
 If you’re using the automatic naming feature and the Prompt box is unselected, the

Shot/Take field that makes up the clip’s name is automatically updated.

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Part IV

Logging, Capturing, and Importing

Worse, during logging and capturing, neither Final Cut Pro nor the VTR will necessarily
navigate to the proper timecode 00:00:00:00, because there are two. Device control
uses timecode for positioning information, and always assumes that timecode numbers
increase as the tape progresses. If the timecode starts over somewhere in the middle of
the tape, you have to manually navigate to the correct area of the tape.