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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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