About the Log and Capture Window

You use the Log and Capture window to capture your HDV footage.

To open the Log and Capture window
  • Choose File > Log and Capture (or press Command-8).

The Log and Capture window appears.

Figure. Log and Capture window.

The Log and Capture window contains several general areas:

The resize control in the lower-right corner allows you to adjust the size of the Log and Capture window. This option is available only when you select an HDV Easy Setup.

Preview Area

This section of the Log and Capture window lets you view video from tape while you log and capture it. If your camcorder or deck is not on or there is no tape inserted, you’ll see color bars or black. The following controls appear if your camcorder or deck is on and properly connected, and device control is available.

Figure. Preview area in the Log and Capture window.

Important: If your computer has a PCI graphics card installed and you are logging or capturing HDV footage, Final Cut Pro does not preview video or audio in the Log and Capture window. You can still log and capture, but you need to use your HDV camcorder display to preview video.

The preview area contains the following elements:

  • Current Timecode field: Displays the timecode number of the current frame of your source tape. You can enter a timecode number in this field to navigate to that timecode point on your tape.

    Tip: When using the Log and Capture window with a native HDV Easy Setup, you can drag timecode values between the Log and Capture timecode fields by holding down the Option key while you drag a timecode value from one field to another. Dragging timecode from other windows is not supported.

  • Available space and time: Final Cut Pro displays the amount of available space on all currently assigned scratch disks.
  • Timecode Duration field: Displays the duration, in timecode, between the current tape In and Out points. If you enter a duration in this field, the Out point is adjusted.
  • Shuttle control: A shuttle control similar to the one in the Viewer and Canvas is available for navigating through the tape.
    Figure. Shuttle control in the Log and Capture window.

    In the Log and Capture window, you can use the J, K, and L keys for playback and shuttling, just as you can in the Viewer and Canvas. For more information about using the J, K, and L keys for playback, see the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual.

    Note: Tape playback is not as efficient as playback from media files on your hard disk. It takes a few seconds for a tape to cue to the proper frame or change playback direction. The video frames and timecode displayed on the camcorder LCD screen may differ from the frames you see in the video preview area. This is because Final Cut Pro is decoding the MPEG-2 HDV in real time.

  • Marking controls: Use these controls to set In and Out points for a clip on tape.
    Figure. Marking controls in the Log and Capture window.
    • Mark In: Click this (or press I) to set the In point for a clip on tape.
    • Clip In Point Timecode field: Shows the timecode value of the currently set In point.
    • Go to In Point: Click this to cue the connected VTR to the currently set In point.
    • Mark Out: Click this (or press O) to set the Out point for a clip on tape.
    • Clip Out Point Timecode field: Shows the timecode value of the currently set Out point.
    • Go to Out Point: Click this to cue the connected camcorder or VTR to the currently set Out point.
  • Device status: Shows the readiness of camcorders and decks connected to your computer and being controlled by Final Cut Pro. If you see “VTR OK,” your equipment is connected and working properly.
  • Transport controls: If you have device control, use these to control your camcorder or deck. These controls are similar to controls in the Viewer and Canvas, except that they control playback of a videotape instead of a media file.
    Figure. Rewind, Play In to Out, Stop, Play, Play Around Current Frame, and Fast-Forward buttons in the Log and Capture window.

Tabs in the Log and Capture Window

The Log and Capture window has several tabs you can use for logging and capturing your HDV footage.

Logging Tab

Use this tab to add descriptive information to each clip that you log, such as reel name, scene/take number, log notes, markers, and so on. Much of this information can also be added later in the Browser.

Figure. Logging tab, showing the Log Bin button, New Bin button, logging fields, and marker controls.

Clip Settings Tab

Use this tab to select which video and audio tracks you capture from tape. You can choose to capture video only, audio only, or both video and audio. You can also specify which audio channels you capture.

Figure. Clip Settings tab showing the Video checkbox, Audio checkbox, Stereo/Mono control, Capture Audio Channel control, and individual audio channel meters.

When an HDV Easy Setup is chosen, only two audio channels are available for capture. You can choose to capture one channel or you can capture both audio channels, either as two discrete mono tracks or a single stereo pair.

Capture Settings Tab

Use this tab to specify scratch disks for capture. You can also specify scratch disk settings by choosing Final Cut Pro > System Settings and then clicking the Scratch Disks tab.

Figure. Capture Settings tab showing the Scratch Disk button and the current scratch disk capacity and Capture Now settings.

Log and Capture Buttons

As you log and capture, use the following log and capture buttons.

Figure. Log and capture butttons in the Log and Capture window.
  • Log Clip: Logs a single clip with the current logging information and clip settings.
  • Capture Clip: Logs and captures a single clip with the current logging information, clip settings, and capture settings.
  • Capture Now: Captures the current video and audio input to a media file on disk until you press the Esc (Escape) key. No In or Out points are necessary. You can use this to capture an entire tape in a single pass. When scene breaks are detected, new media files and corresponding clips are created automatically.
  • Capture Batch: Captures the selected clips in the Browser, or the clips in the currently assigned logging bin.