Printing to Video

Unlike the Edit to Tape command, the Print to Video command doesn’t allow you to set In or Out points on your tape. Instead, you manually press record whenever you want to begin recording on tape. This is considered a crash record.

You can automatically add leader and trailer elements, such as color bars and tone, a countdown, a slate, and a black trailer, to your movie. You can also loop your movie as many times as you want, if you want to output your movie multiple times on the same tape.

Tip: You can use the Print to Video command to output to any external video monitor, regardless of whether a deck is connected. This can be useful if you want to use Final Cut Pro to output a looping clip or sequence to an external monitor for a tradeshow demo or video installation.

Automatically Recording with Print to Video

If you set up your VTR for remote device control (via RS-422 or FireWire), Final Cut Pro can automatically trigger recording on your VTR when you use the Print to Video command. This is particularly useful for camcorders that do not have an independent VTR Record button.

You can set up a device control preset so that Final Cut Pro automatically puts your DV camcorder or deck in Record mode before printing to video. For more information, see About Device Control Presets.

To automatically start a camcorder or deck recording during Print to Video
  1. Choose File > Print to Video.

  2. Select the Automatically Start Recording checkbox in the Print to Video window.

  3. Click OK to begin recording to tape.

    Note: The Automatically Start Recording checkbox is the same as the Auto Record and PTV checkbox shown in a device control preset.

Using the Print to Video Command

Make sure you’ve read and followed the instructions in Preparing to Output to Tape before you use the Print to Video command. Make sure everything is working properly before you start recording.

To test playback
  • Move the playhead to the position in the Timeline where you want output to begin, then press the Space bar to play back your clip or sequence.

    If you have an external monitor connected to your video device, the clip or sequence will play on it, as well as on your computer’s monitor.

To print to videotape
  1. Select the sequence or clip in the Browser, or open your sequence and make the Canvas or Timeline active.

  2. To output part of a sequence or clip to video, set In and Out points to designate the part you want to record to videotape.

    For more information, see Setting Edit Points for Clips and Sequences.

    Figure. Timeline window showing sequence In and Out points.
  3. Choose File > Print to Video.

  4. Select elements you want to print along with your sequence or clip.

    Figure. Print to Video dialog.

    To insert closed caption data in the output video, select the “Insert closed captioning data from file” checkbox and click the Open button to locate the closed caption data file. In the event that the timecode in the closed caption data file does not match the timecode in your video, select the “Offset closed captioning data start by media in time” checkbox. This option will reset the closed caption data to start its commands at the beginning of video playback.

    For more information about closed captions, see Final Cut Studio Workflows, available at

    All selected elements are sent to tape in the order listed. Make sure elements you don’t need are not selected. Some of these items may require rendering before you can start recording. For a complete explanation of the options available, see Mastering Settings Tab.

    Important: Make sure there is sufficient time on your tape by using the Duration Calculator before proceeding.

  5. When you’ve finished setting options, click OK.

    Transitions and effects that require rendering, along with any added elements, are rendered automatically prior to output. You can also choose to output unrendered real-time effects at lower quality, saving time by avoiding rendering. Options for choosing the quality of rendered effects when using the Print to Video command can be set in the Render Control tab of the Sequence Settings window. For more information on setting options in the Render Control tab, see Render Control Tab.

    Note: All audio that requires rendering is automatically rendered with a render quality of High, regardless of the render quality setting.

  6. When a message tells you to start recording, press the Record button on your camcorder or deck. Wait a few seconds for your video device to reach a smooth recording speed, then click OK to begin recording.

  7. When playback is finished, press the Stop button on your camcorder or deck.

    The last frame of your clip or edited sequence is held as a freeze frame until you stop your recording device.