Choosing Easy Setups
You can quickly set up your editing system to work with different video formats by
choosing an Easy Setup. An Easy Setup contains a capture, sequence, and device
control preset as well as external video and audio settings from the A/V Devices tab.
Choosing an Easy Setup is faster than choosing each preset individually.
You choose Easy Setups from the Use pop-up menu in the Easy Setup dialog. The list of
options in the Use pop-up menu can be long because of the large number of Easy
Setups included with Final Cut Pro. You can reduce the number of Easy Setups
displayed in this pop-up menu by using the Format and Rate pop-up menus.
For example, if you are working with PAL DV video, you can choose DV/Panasonic
DVCPRO from the Format pop-up menu and 25 fps from the Rate pop-up menu. The
Easy Setups that appear in the Use pop-up menu are now limited to the ones that use
DV and have a frame rate of 25 fps. You could also choose PAL from the Format pop-up
menu to restrict the Easy Setups to all PAL-related formats.
To choose an Easy Setup based on format and frame rate:
Choose Final Cut Pro > Easy Setup.
From the Format pop-up menu, choose a format that matches the footage you want to
work with. You can select one of the following:
Â A video standard, such as NTSC, PAL, or HD
Â A specific codec, such as DV, HDV, IMX, or XDCAM
Click the Use pop-up menu to see all of the Easy Setups related to your choice in the
Format pop-up menu.
You can further refine the list by choosing a specific frame rate from the Rate
Choose the Easy Setup you want, then click Setup.
After you choose a
format or a frame rate,
the list of Easy Setups in
the Use pop-up menu is
Choose a format and a frame rate to
reduce the number of Easy Setups
shown in the Use pop-up menu.
Audio/Video Settings and Easy Setups
The corresponding capture, sequence, and device control presets are loaded, as well as
settings in the A/V Devices tab.
Note: If your VTR is not currently connected, you may see a warning because
Final Cut Pro does not detect the external video or audio device that the A/V device
settings expect. If you see this warning, make sure your device is connected and turned
on, then click Check Again. If you want to troubleshoot the connection to the device
later, you can ignore the warning by clicking Continue. For more information about
Easy Setups, see “
Creating and Modifying Easy Setups
” on page 332.