Setting Up a Final Cut Pro Editing System

This section explains how to set up a basic editing system. Even if you are building a more complex editing system, you should read about the basic setup process first. References to more advanced information are included within each stage.

The basic process for setting up a Final Cut Pro editing system is outlined below.

  1. Stage 1: Connecting Input and Output Devices for Capture and Output

    If you are using DV video, this means connecting your DV camcorder to your computer via a FireWire cable. For information about connecting professional and non-DV equipment, see Connecting Professional Video and Audio Equipment. For information about setting up HDV, DVCPRO HD, IMX, Panasonic P2, or XDCAM HD devices, see Professional Formats and Workflows, available in Final Cut Pro Help.

  2. Stage 2: Connecting an External Video Monitor and Audio Speakers

    For a basic editing system, you can skip this step. However, external video and audio monitoring are important for color correction and audio mixing because they ensure the highest-quality picture and sound possible. For more information, see External Video Monitoring and Assigning Output Channels and External Audio Monitors.

  3. Stage 3: Choosing an Easy Setup to Configure Final Cut Pro

    Easy Setups are software configurations specific to the format you want to capture, edit, and output. Final Cut Pro includes Easy Setups for most editing configurations. For more advanced information about Easy Setups, see Device Control Settings and Presets.

  4. Stage 4: Choosing a Scratch Disk Location for Captured Media and Render Files

    A scratch disk is a hard disk (internal or external to your computer) where Final Cut Pro stores captured media files and temporary files (such as render files). By default, Final Cut Pro uses the internal hard disk on which the application is installed. For advanced options, see Determining Your Hard Disk Storage Options.

  5. Stage 5: Establishing Remote Device Control Between Your Computer and Video Deck

    Once your basic system is configured, you need to make sure that Final Cut Pro can communicate with your camcorder or VTR. Remotely controlling your deck allows you to precisely capture footage to your scratch disk and output to tape. For advanced information, see Device Control Settings and Presets.