Creating and Configuring a New Database

When you create a new Cinema Tools database, you make default selections for your project settings in the New Database dialog.

Note: When you import data from a telecine log, the film standard, video timecode rate, audio timecode rate, and telecine speed are typically included in the log and are automatically set in Cinema Tools. Data from the telecine log takes precedence over the defaults, so even if your default settings are different from the telecine log data, Cinema Tools uses the settings in the telecine log.

You can create a new database using Cinema Tools or Final Cut Pro.

Creating a New Database Using Cinema Tools

You can create a new database and configure its default settings directly in Cinema Tools.

Note: If a database is already open when you create a new one, the currently open database is closed.

To create a new database
  1. Do one of the following:

    • Open Cinema Tools and click Create a New Database in the Welcome dialog, if it appears.

      The Welcome dialog generally appears only the first time you open Cinema Tools.

      Figure. Cinema Tools Welcome dialog.

      After that, Cinema Tools opens the database that was open the last time you closed Cinema Tools. If there was no database open when you closed Cinema Tools, the Welcome dialog appears again.

    • Choose Database > New Database (or press Command-Shift-N).

    • Drag one or more folders with clips from a Finder window to the Cinema Tools application icon.

      Note: If you drag a mixture of selected clips and folders to the application icon, a dialog appears advising you not to mix the two types of items. Dragging selected clips to the application icon does not create a new database, but opens the clips in the Clip window instead.

  2. In the New Database dialog, choose default settings for your database and click OK. See Settings in the New Database Dialog for information about the settings.

    Figure. New Database dialog.

    Note: The settings in this dialog can be left at their default values when you are creating a database from video clips and do not intend to track any film-related information in the database records.

  3. In the “Create a new database” dialog, choose a location and enter a filename for the database.

An empty database is created, and you are ready to enter information in it. See About Working with Database Information for more information.

Important: If you created the database by dragging a folder that contains many clips, especially if they are DPX image sequences, it can take Cinema Tools a significant amount of time to process and add all of the clips to the new database. Cinema Tools may appear to have stopped responding during this time. Be sure to allow plenty of time for Cinema Tools to finish processing the folder of clips.

Creating a New Database Using Final Cut Pro

There are two methods you can use to create a Cinema Tools database while using Final Cut Pro:

  • Synchronize a set of clips with a new database.

  • Import a telecine log file into a new database.

Synchronizing a Set of Selected Clips to Create a New Database

You can use the Synchronize with Cinema Tools command if you have one or more clips in the Final Cut Pro Browser that you would like to add to a new Cinema Tools database. This can be useful when you have manually captured a set of clips but have no telecine log to go with them, or when you want to create a separate database for a set of clips already in a database.

To create a new database using the Synchronize with Cinema Tools command
  1. In the Final Cut Pro Browser, select the clips that you want to add to a new Cinema Tools database.

    These can be clips that are already in a database, or they can be new clips that are not in a database.

  2. Choose Tools > Synchronize with Cinema Tools.

    A dialog appears that allows you to configure the synchronization process.

    Figure. Synchronize with Cinema Tools dialog in Cinema Tools.

    The Database field shows the currently selected database.

  3. Select the “Add new records” checkbox.

    This option must be selected when you are synchronizing with a new database.

  4. Select the “Auto connect” checkbox if you want the database to automatically connect the clips to any new records that are created in the database.

  5. Click New Database to create a new Cinema Tools database.

  6. In the dialog that appears, enter a name and location for the database, and configure its default settings. See Settings in the New Database Dialog for information about these settings.

    Figure. Synchronize with Cinema Tools dialog in Final Cut Pro.
  7. To close the dialog, click Save when finished.

  8. Click OK.

A new Cinema Tools database is created, and the selected clips, along with any film-related information they might contain, are added to it.

See Synchronizing Final Cut Pro Clips with Cinema Tools for more information about the Synchronize with Cinema Tools command, including how to use it to synchronize clips to an existing database.

Importing a Telecine Log File to Create a New Database

When you import a telecine log file into Final Cut Pro, you can choose to import it into a new or existing Cinema Tools database. See Importing Telecine Logs Using Final Cut Pro for more information.

Settings in the New Database Dialog

When you make choices in the New Database dialog, keep the following points in mind:

  • Choosing a default setting does not lock you into using that setting in the database records. Default settings are applied automatically to new database records, but you can change the film standard, video timecode rate, and audio timecode rate for each clip individually in the Detail View window.

  • When you import data from a telecine log, the film standard, video timecode rate, audio timecode rate, and telecine speed are typically included in the log and are automatically set in Cinema Tools. Data from the telecine log takes precedence over the defaults, so even if your default settings are different from the telecine log data, Cinema Tools uses the settings in the telecine log.

  • The settings in this dialog can be left at their default values when you are creating a database from video clips and do not intend to track any film-related information in the database records, such as in a typical DI workflow.

If you need to change default settings you already made, see Changing the Default Database Settings for information.

Tip: If you are combining existing databases or want to check information such as default settings, filenames, and modification dates for an existing database, choose Database > Database Properties. The Database Properties dialog displays the full pathname and size of the database file, as well as the creation and modification dates. You can see the default project settings for the film standard, video timecode rate, and audio timecode rate.

The New Database dialog contains the following settings: