Final Cut Pro 6 - Selecting Which Tracks to Capture

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Selecting Which Tracks to Capture

For each clip you log, you need to specify which video and audio tracks are captured to
the clip’s media file. For example, a typical DV videotape has one video track and two
audio tracks. You can choose to capture video only, audio only, or both video and
audio. You can also choose how many audio tracks to capture, and how they are
grouped together (mono or stereo).

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Part IV

Logging, Capturing, and Importing

To select which tracks on tape are captured:


In the Log and Capture window, click the Clip Settings tab.


To capture video, enable the Video checkbox.


To capture audio, enable the Audio checkbox.

Multichannel Audio Capture Track Selection

Final Cut Pro can capture up to 24 audio tracks from a video or audio interface. Each
input on your audio interface is shown in a list in the Clip Settings tab. You can select
up to 24 inputs for simultaneous capture. You can also group adjacent channels
together as a stereo pair, or leave them as mono channels. For more information about
capturing multiple audio channels, see “

Multichannel Audio Channel Selection

” on

page 297.

To select which audio tracks are captured:


See “

Multichannel Audio Channel Selection

” on page 297.

If you change your mind about the audio grouping after you capture, you can make
channel grouping adjustments by choosing Modify > Clip Settings, or by relinking clip
items in the Timeline. For example, two adjacent mono channels can be regrouped as a
stereo pair. For more information, see “

Dual Mono Versus Stereo Audio

” on page 300

and Volume II, Chapter 14, “Linking and Editing Video and Audio in Sync.”


In Final Cut Pro 6, mono audio channels are each captured to a separate

track in a QuickTime media file. Stereo pairs are each captured to a single interleaved
track in a QuickTime media file. In previous versions of Final Cut Pro, only two-channel
audio capture was supported to a single QuickTime audio track. Therefore, older
versions of Final Cut Pro can only recognize media files if you capture them with a
single stereo pair audio track.

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Chapter 16

Logging Clips



Changing a Clip’s Track Selections After Logging

Once a clip is logged, you can override its track settings in one of two ways:

 Clip Settings command: You can change an offline clip’s track settings by choosing

Modify > Clip Settings, and then enabling different tracks for capture.

 Batch Capture dialog: If you are batch capturing clips, deselect the “Use Logged Clip

Settings” checkbox. In this case, individual clip settings will be overridden by the
current video and audio track selection in the Clip Settings tab of the Log and
Capture window.

Enable or disable specific

audio tracks for capture.

Enable or disable video

and audio tracks

for capture.

Choose to modify the
current clip’s video settings,
audio settings, or both.

Make sure this option
is not selected.

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Part IV

Logging, Capturing, and Importing