Importing Media from a Sony Video Disk Unit

To import media from a Sony Video Disk Unit, you need to connect it to your computer via FireWire and then select which media files you want to import using the Log and Transfer window in Final Cut Pro.

Setting Up a Sony Video Disk Unit

Connecting and using a Sony Video Disk Unit is very similar to using an external FireWire hard disk drive.

To connect a Sony Video Disk Unit to your computer
  1. Connect the 4-pin connector on one end of your FireWire cable to the 4-pin FireWire port on the Sony Video Disk Unit.

  2. Connect the 6-pin connector on the other end of your FireWire cable to a FireWire 400 port on your computer.

  3. Turn on the Sony Video Disk Unit.

    Figure. Icon of a FireWire hard drive named Untitled on the desktop.

As with any other external FireWire drive, remember to unmount the Sony Video Disk Unit before disconnecting it or turning it off.

To unmount a FireWire hard drive from the desktop
  • Drag the FireWire hard drive icon to the Eject icon in the Dock.

Importing DV Media from a Sony Video Disk Unit

The Log and Transfer window allows you to browse and ingest media files directly from a Sony Video Disk Unit. Transferring footage from a Sony Video Disk Unit is nearly identical to transferring footage from other file-based media devices. Simply mount your Sony Video Disk Unit and then follow the steps in the “Overview of Transferring File-Based Media” chapter in the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual.

To transfer media from a Sony Video Disk Unit
  1. Make sure that the Sony Video Disk Unit is connected and mounted on the desktop.

  2. Choose Final Cut Pro > System Settings, then click the Scratch Disks tab.

  3. Select a scratch disk or folder to which you want to transfer your media.

    For more information about selecting scratch disks, see “Connecting DV Video Equipment” in the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual.

  4. Choose File > Log and Transfer.

  5. Use the Log and Transfer window to transfer footage from the Sony Video Disk Unit.

    For more information about using the Log and Transfer window, see “Overview of Transferring File-Based Media” and “About the Log and Transfer Window” in the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual.

    Important: Do not attempt to copy media files from a mounted Sony Video Disk Unit directly to your scratch disk. Media files copied directly from a Sony Video Disk Unit in this way are not QuickTime media files, and they will not be handled properly if you import them into Final Cut Pro.