Displaying Film Information in Final Cut Pro

You can display a variety of film-related information while editing the film’s clips in Final Cut Pro. There are four areas you can control:

To show film-related information in Final Cut Pro, you must first import the information from Cinema Tools. There are three ways to do this:

Important: You do not need to import or show film-related information in Final Cut Pro to export film lists.

Synchronizing Final Cut Pro Clips with Cinema Tools

You cannot manually update a clip’s film information in Final Cut Pro—the information must be imported from a Cinema Tools database. Final Cut Pro includes the ability to synchronize one or more selected clips with a Cinema Tools database. This is especially useful when you have imported a telecine log and captured the clips: synchronizing the clips with their database automatically connects the clips to their records. You can also create a new database, which adds the information for each clip to its record.

Tip: Creating a new database from a group of clips that are already part of another database allows you to create specialized databases from Final Cut Pro. All of the film-related information that the clips already contain is automatically added to their records in the new database.

To synchronize Final Cut Pro clips with a Cinema Tools database
  1. In the Final Cut Pro Browser, select the clips that you want to synchronize with a Cinema Tools database.

    These can be clips that are already in the database and need their information updated, or they can be clips that are not in the database. In that case, a new record is added to the database for each clip, with any applicable information added to each record.

  2. Choose Tools > Synchronize with Cinema Tools.

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

    Figure. Synchronize with Cinema Tools dialog.

    The Database field shows the currently selected database.

  3. Select the “Add new records” checkbox if you want the database to automatically have new records added for selected clips that are not already in the database.

    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. Do one of the following:

    • If the database shown in the Database field is the correct one: Click OK. (The Database field is updated if you use the New Database or Choose Database button.)
    • To create a new Cinema Tools database: Click New Database. This opens a dialog that allows you to enter a name and location for the database, as well as configure its default settings. See Settings in the New Database Dialog for information about these settings. Click Save when finished.
      Figure. Dialog for configuring a new database.
    • To choose an existing database: Click Choose Database. This opens a dialog that allows you to select an existing database to synchronize with. Click Open when finished.
  6. If you used either the New Database or Choose Database button, click OK.

The selected clips are synchronized with the selected database.

Showing Film-Related Information in Item Properties

The Film tab of the Item Properties window contains the film-related information for each clip.

To see film-related information in the Item Properties window
  1. Select the clip in the Browser.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Edit > Item Properties > Film.

    • Control-click the clip, then choose Item Properties > Film from the shortcut menu.

    • Press Command-9 to open the Item Properties window, then click the Film tab.

Note: Comments added to a record in Cinema Tools or a record in a telecine log file appear in the Take Note row.

Showing Film-Related Information in the Browser

You can add columns to the Browser to show the specific film-related information you require.

To add columns to the Browser
  • Control-click the heading for the column before which you want to insert the new column, then choose the column to add from the shortcut menu.

    See the Final Cut Pro documentation for more information about arranging columns in the Browser.

Note: Comments added to a record in Cinema Tools or a record in a telecine log file appear in the Take Note column.

Showing Film-Related Overlays in the Viewer and Canvas

You can configure the Viewer and Canvas overlays to show a clip’s keycode and ink numbers in addition to the timecode.

To show film-related overlays in the Viewer and Canvas
  1. Click in the Viewer or Canvas to make it active.

  2. Choose View > Show Overlays (or press Option-Control-W).

  3. To configure the overlay, choose View > Timecode Overlays to see a list of items you can display. Click an item to either display or hide it. (Checkmarks appear next to items that are shown.)

Showing Film-Based Frame Counts

You can set a project’s timecode display format to a Feet+Frame mode, giving film editors a more familiar way to judge project length. This setting affects the time display along the top of the Timeline, as well as the timecode fields along the top of the Viewer and Canvas.

To set a project to display the Feet+Frame mode
  1. Select the project’s tab in the Browser.

  2. Choose Edit > Project Properties.

    The Project Properties window appears.

    Figure. Project Properties window.
  3. Choose Feet+Frame from the Time Display pop-up menu.

  4. Choose the film standard from the Default Film Standard pop-up menu. The film standard defines how many frames are in a foot.

    Important: To ensure that correct film lists are exported, make sure to choose the film standard set in the Cinema Tools database.

See the Final Cut Pro documentation for more information about the Project Properties window.

You can also individually control the timecode display of the Timeline, Viewer, and Canvas.

To change the timecode display of the Timeline, Viewer, or Canvas
  • Control-click a timecode field in the window whose timecode display you want to change, then choose the mode from the shortcut menu.

For the Viewer and Canvas, this affects both timecode fields along their tops, and in the case of the Viewer, the timecode fields of its tabs. For the Timeline, this affects the timecode shown along the top of the window and in the Current Timecode field. The timecode displays in the Transition Editor and Trim Edit windows are also affected.

Important: The feet and frame values that are shown are not the same as keycode or ink numbers. The feet and frame values always start at 0000+00 at the beginning of the sequence or clip.

When using the Feet+Frame timecode display mode, you can enter values in the same places you can enter timecode values. For example, you can enter a value in the Current Timecode field of the Viewer to position its playhead. To ensure the number you enter is correctly interpreted by Final Cut Pro, make sure to use one of the following characters to separate the feet and frame values: plus sign (+), ampersand (&), period (.), or comma (,).