Changing Audio/Video Presets

You can easily set up your Final Cut Pro editing system by choosing an Easy Setup that matches your video format and equipment. However, if none of the predefined Easy Setups matches your capture, editing, or output scenario, you have several options:

Choosing Individual Presets

If a preset doesn’t suit your needs, you can choose another one in the Summary tab of the Audio/Video Settings window. The preset you choose then applies to all new projects and sequences. For example, if you’re currently using the DV-NTSC Easy Setup, the following presets are used:

  • Sequence Preset: DV NTSC 48 kHz
  • Capture Preset: DV NTSC 48 kHz
  • Device Control Preset: FireWire NTSC
  • Playback Output Video: Apple FireWire NTSC (720 x 480)
  • Playback Output Audio: FireWire DV

But suppose you switch to a video deck that doesn’t support remote device control. In this case, you need to change the device control preset to Non-Controllable Device; the two other presets and the external video setting remain unchanged.

To choose a different preset for your current setup
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings.

  2. In the Summary tab, choose a preset from the appropriate pop-up menu, then click OK.

If you’re unsure which preset to choose, you can view a preset’s settings. For more information, see Viewing Settings in a Preset.

If none of the existing presets matches your needs, you can create a custom preset. For more information, see Creating a New Preset.

When you choose a different preset, the current Easy Setup changes to Custom Setup in the Use pop-up menu. However, if you happen to select presets and an external video setting that match that of another Easy Setup, Final Cut Pro shows that you have that Easy Setup selected.

Note: The Final Cut Pro preferences file actually stores all presets and Easy Setups currently selected for use. If your preferences file is deleted, you need to reconfigure your system by choosing an Easy Setup or a custom combination of presets.

Figure. Easy Setup dialog showing Custom Setup appearing in the Use pop-up menu.

Viewing Settings in a Preset

Below each pop-up menu in the Summary tab of the Audio/Video Settings window is a brief overview of what each preset is used for. If you’re not sure which preset to choose, you can view detailed information in the individual preset tabs.

To view settings for a preset
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings, then click the appropriate preset tab.

  2. Click a preset to see a summary of its settings.

    If you click in the far left column, you may change the current preset.

    Figure. Audio/Video Settings window showing the Sequence Presets tab.

    Note: The presets you see may differ from those shown here.

    A lock icon to the right of a preset indicates that it cannot be edited or deleted. These are presets that came with Final Cut Pro.

Creating a New Preset

If none of the existing presets is exactly what you need or want, you can create a new one by duplicating an existing preset and modifying the duplicated preset’s settings.

To create a new preset
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings.

  2. Click the tab for the type of preset you want to create.

  3. Click a preset you want to use as a starting point for creating a new preset, then click Duplicate.

    Figure. Audio/Video Settings window showing the Sequence Presets tab and a preset selected.
  4. In the Preset Editor window, enter a name and description for the new preset, select the settings you need, then click OK.

    Figure. Name and Description fields in the Sequence Preset Editor window.

    The newly created preset becomes the currently selected preset and appears in the appropriate preset pop-up menu in the Summary tab of the Audio/Video Settings window.

    Figure. Sequence Preset pop-up menu in the Summary tab of the Audio/Video Settings window.

For detailed information about settings and options for a particular kind of preset, see one of the following:

Editing a Preset

You can edit any preset that is not locked.

To edit a preset
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings, then click the tab for the type of preset you want to edit.

  2. Click the preset you want to modify, then click Edit.

    Figure. Audio/Video Settings window showing the Sequence Presets tab.

    If the preset is locked, a message appears saying a copy will be made for editing.

  3. In the Preset Editor window, modify settings as needed, then click OK.

For detailed information about settings and options for a particular kind of preset, see one of the following:

Deleting Presets

You may decide to delete a preset that you’ve created. Before you delete it, make sure you aren’t using it in current projects and won’t need it for future projects.

To delete a preset you’ve created
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings.

  2. Click the appropriate preset tab.

  3. Select the preset you want to delete, then click Delete.

    Figure. Audio/Video Settings window showing the Sequence Presets tab with a preset selected.
    • If the preset has a checkmark next to it designating it as the current preset: You cannot delete it. You need to select another preset as the current preset. To do this, click the left column next to the preset you want to make the current one.
    • If a preset has a lock icon in the right column: It is locked and cannot be deleted.