What Are Logging and Capturing?

When a movie production wraps, the raw footage is typically delivered to the editor in relatively lengthy tapes, or reels. During the logging process, the editor reviews each tape, identifying the useful portions to be captured to the hard disk for editing. Timecode In and Out points are used to identify each portion of footage to be ingested.

After logging the footage, the editor captures the regions of tape defined by the clips to media files on disk. At the same time, Final Cut Pro creates clips in a project that represent the captured media files on the hard disk, but they are not the actual media files.