Inserting a Tape in the VTR

You need to make sure there is a proper connection between the VTR and camcorder and Final Cut Pro. The device status message in the Log and Capture window should read “VTR OK.” For more information, see Understanding Device Control Status Messages.

When you insert a new tape in the VTR connected to your computer, Final Cut Pro alerts you that a new tape has been placed in the deck. Make sure you check the name of the tape before you put the tape in the deck, so you can enter the proper reel name.

Considerations When Logging NTSC Footage

When a new DV tape is inserted into a camcorder or deck connected via FireWire to your computer, it can take several seconds of playback for Final Cut Pro to determine whether the tape’s timecode is drop frame or non-drop frame.

To compensate for this delay, the Default Timecode pop-up menu in the Device Control Preset Editor allows you to specify which timecode format Final Cut Pro defaults to when the Log and Capture window is opened. Most consumer DV camcorders record drop frame timecode exclusively; professional DV camcorders and VTRs can record either drop frame or non-drop frame timecode. For more information, see Device Control Settings and Presets.

Note: If you are using serial device control or FireWire device control with a frame rate other than 29.97, the default timecode format specified in your device control preset is ignored.

If the timecode format specified in the Default Timecode pop-up menu is incorrect, Final Cut Pro will still interpret the timecode format correctly after several seconds of playback. For more information, see Device Control Settings and Presets.

If the default timecode format is incorrect and you do not allow enough time for the proper timecode format to be detected, clips you log may have the wrong duration after they’re captured. To be safe, let your tape play back for a few seconds before logging, unless you are absolutely certain that the default timecode format in your device control preset matches the timecode format on your tape.