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Learn how to build and refine your story with the redesigned editing toolset in Final Cut Pro X. In this course, author Ashley Kennedy focuses on getting you comfortable with each aspect of the editing process in Final Cut—from preparation and organization, to editing and refining, to audio and effects, to media management and exporting. Each stage of the postproduction workflow is explained thoroughly and concisely, and uses real-world examples from both narrative and documentary workflows.
NOTE: This course and its exercise files are not compatible with Final Cut Pro X v. 10.1 or later. If you are running v. 10.1 or later, please watch Final Cut Pro X 10.1.1 Essential Training instead.
In this movie we will take a look at how to import footage from a tape-based camcorder or deck. Final Cut Pro X is compatible with most DV and HDV camera formats, which use a FireWire cable to transfer footage into the system. Let's take a look. So, first you need to connect your camcorder or device to your system using a FireWire cable. And if necessary you may need to configure your device for remote control over FireWire, which is usually just a toggle switch. You'll also need to turn on a device and set it to VTR or VCR mode.
In Final Cut I am just going to select the event that I want the media to come into, and you can either click on the big Import Media button or click on this button here or Cmd+I. And we have seen this window before, but this time I have my camera connected right up here. And as long as this system is seeing the camera correctly, I'll see the image from the current tape position in this window right here. I can use the playback controls down here or what I would like to do is use the J, K, and L keys just like navigating footage inside of Final Cut.
I can press L to go forward, J to go backward, and K to pause. All right, so you just cue your tape to the point where you want to begin importing. So, for right now this is fine, and I am just going to click on Import. Now this next window should also look pretty familiar. Now I will need to configure the correct event, which I have already done. And then coming down here we have our same basic Transcoding and Analysis options. I don't think I am going to do much besides maybe Analysis for balance color, and then I'll click Import.
Final Cut immediately starts importing from the current location on the tape, and it will continue until you stop the import by clicking Stop Import or until it reaches the end of the tape, or until your destination drive is full. Now just as with all tape-based captures, the capture is real-time, and you can watch the video play as it imports. (video playing) I am going to go ahead and Stop this Import here and then if I wanted to, I could use my controls, again my Deck Controls here or my J, K and L keys to go to the next point on the tape and then Import that section.
I'll go ahead and just import one more clip, so I'll go forward with L and pause with K, and I'll press Import, and every thing looks good. Let's go ahead and do it. (video playing) And Stop. Okay, so I'll go ahead and close the Media Import window, and you can see in my Swing Dancing event that we have our two clips.
So as you see it's pretty easy to bring in tape-based media, but Final Cut Pro X isn't really built for any type of sophisticated tape capture. In other programs you may have more compatibility other than FireWire, and you'll probably be able to log and capture, which means that you can set multiple In and Out points on one tape and then capture the selections all at once. Now these advanced options just aren't available in Final Cut Pro X, as it's primarily a tool for file-based ingestion. But again, if you need to capture over FireWire it's really not a problem to get the footage in.
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