Importing a Telecine Log to Create a Cinema Tools Database

You can import a telecine log file, which is usually either a Flex file or an Avid Log Exchange (ALE) file, into Cinema Tools or import it directly into Final Cut Pro. (Importing the file into Final Cut Pro requires fewer steps.) When you import the log file into Final Cut Pro:

To import a telecine log file into Final Cut Pro
  1. Choose File > Import > Cinema Tools Telecine Log.

    The Import a Cinema Tools Telecine Log dialog appears.

    Figure. Import a Cinema Tools Telecine Log dialog.
  2. Use the top half of the dialog to select the telecine log file to import.

  3. To assign a camera letter to the imported records, select the “Append a camera letter” checkbox and choose a camera letter from the pop-up menu.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Click New Database to create a new Cinema Tools database to import the telecine log file into. This opens a new dialog where you can enter a name and location for the database, as well as configure its default settings. See the Cinema Tools User Manual, available in Cinema Tools Help, for information on these settings. Click Save when finished.

      Figure. Import a Cinema Tools Telecine Log dialog that appears when the New Database button is clicked in the first dialog.
    • Click Choose Database to open a dialog where you can select an existing database to import the telecine log file records into. Click Open when finished.

      The selected database, whether new or previously existing, is listed in the Database field of the Import a Cinema Tools Telecine Log dialog.

  5. Click Open to import the selected telecine log file into the selected Cinema Tools database.