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Importing video from a tape-based camera

From: Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X

Video: Importing video from a tape-based camera

Just like Final Cut Pro 7 you can capture media from tape. Final Cut Pro X can capture DV, HDV, and DVCPRO directly from any camera connected to your machine using FireWire. Let's take a look at the workflow. Now you can launch Import From Camera under the File menu, Command+I, or you can simply press this little button right here to the left side of your toolbar with the picture of a camera. Now if you click on this and you do not have a camera connected, you'll actually see a picture of yourself because Final Cut Pro turns on your eyesight camera on your Mac and lets you record directly into the application.

Importing video from a tape-based camera

Just like Final Cut Pro 7 you can capture media from tape. Final Cut Pro X can capture DV, HDV, and DVCPRO directly from any camera connected to your machine using FireWire. Let's take a look at the workflow. Now you can launch Import From Camera under the File menu, Command+I, or you can simply press this little button right here to the left side of your toolbar with the picture of a camera. Now if you click on this and you do not have a camera connected, you'll actually see a picture of yourself because Final Cut Pro turns on your eyesight camera on your Mac and lets you record directly into the application.

With a camera attached, Final Cut Pro will recognize the camera and show you the frame on the tape where the playhead is parked. Now when I want to import this media, I can simply queue up the tape exactly where I wanted to start. Let me rewind this a few frames and go ahead and press the Import button. You'll see this familiar dialog box because when Final Cut Pro X imports the media, even though it's from tape it can still analyze it for stabilization, color-balance, find people, and also analyze the audio.

But take note, at the top of the Import screen I can choose to add this media to an existing event or create a new event. In this case I'm going to create a new event on my external hard drive to add the media to. When you press the Import button, Final Cut will start ingesting the media on the tape. (Abba on camera: Hi, I'm Abba Shapiro and welcome to this week's podcast.) (This week we went to Santa Barbara, California and met some young people doing some exciting community work through dance.) (Let's take a look.) (Hi, I'm Abba Shapiro and welcome to this week's podcast.) (This week we went to Santa Barbara, California and met some young people doing some exciting community work through dance.) (Let's take a look.) (Hi, I'm Abba Shapiro and welcome to this week's podcast.) (This week we went to Santa Barbara, California and met some young people doing some exciting community work through dance.) (Let's take a look.) (Okay.) Now once you've captured everything that you wanted to off the tape, you can simply click on Stop Import or if the tape runs out of media it will automatically stop the import.

Now let's close this window and take a look at what's happening inside of Final Cut Pro X. As you see, Final Cut ingested all of the clips as separate elements. It recognizes whenever there is a pause or a break in control track or timecode and separates that into a unique clip. If you need to capture other formats using a third-party capture box, simply use that manufacturer's software to bring the media into your computer and then import the captured media with Final Cut's Import option.

As you can see, bringing media into Final Cut Pro X is just as simple if not easier than bringing it in with Final Cut Pro 7.

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Migrating from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X

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  1. 4m 13s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 55s
  2. 16m 47s
    1. Touring the new interface
      7m 58s
    2. Running Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X on the same machine
      4m 45s
    3. Preferences and settings
      4m 4s
  3. 37m 12s
    1. Importing and analyzing media from a folder on your computer
      7m 47s
    2. Importing media from a camera storage card
      3m 54s
    3. Importing video from a tape-based camera
      3m 12s
    4. Organizing media in the Event Library
      6m 31s
    5. Organizing and keywording clips
      10m 1s
    6. Viewing clips in the Event Library
      5m 47s
  4. 59m 20s
    1. Creating and managing projects
      6m 45s
    2. Performing basic edits in the Primary Storyline
      8m 36s
    3. Editing in the timeline, including Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide edits
      6m 36s
    4. Adding and adjusting audio
      9m 21s
    5. Editing B-roll with connected clips
      5m 0s
    6. Creating compound clips as an alternative to nested sequences
      2m 13s
    7. Legacy editing paradigms
      3m 31s
    8. Fine-tuning with the Precision Editor and performing three-point edits
      6m 22s
    9. Using favorites to create subclips
      6m 54s
    10. Using markers
      4m 2s
  5. 38m 45s
    1. Adding and adjusting transitions
      8m 22s
    2. Creating titles
      7m 13s
    3. Applying motion effects to clips
      7m 34s
    4. Retiming clips to create speed effects and creating freeze frames
      7m 11s
    5. Making color corrections
      8m 25s
  6. 14m 17s
    1. Exporting from Final Cut Pro X
      6m 11s
    2. Advanced exporting using Compressor
      2m 10s
    3. Collaboration and archiving
      5m 56s
  7. 3m 26s
    1. Next steps
      3m 26s

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