Creating and Modifying Easy Setups

Final Cut Pro comes with Easy Setups for the most commonly used video formats, such as DV, HDV, DVCPRO HD, and uncompressed 4:2:2 video. If you routinely need a particular combination of presets, you can create a custom Easy Setup. You can also load additional Easy Setups that aren’t automatically installed with Final Cut Pro.

Creating an Easy Setup

If you routinely use a particular group of capture, sequence, and device control presets, you can create and save your own Easy Setup. Whenever you need those settings, you can choose your custom Easy Setup instead of manually selecting specific settings or choosing particular presets.

Note: By default, the Easy Setup files you create are stored in the location /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro System Support/Custom Settings/.

The presets stored in the Easy Setups in this folder are displayed as unlocked items in each preset tab in the Audio/Video Settings window.

To create a custom Easy Setup
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings.

  2. In the Summary tab, choose the presets you want.

    For more information, see Choosing Individual Presets. If you want to create a custom preset, see Creating a New Preset.

  3. Choose video and audio playback settings.

    For more information, see External Video Monitoring.

  4. Click Create Easy Setup.

  5. If you want Final Cut Pro to check for device control every time you open the application, select the checkbox labeled “Enable verification of device control in first start dialog.”

  6. Enter a name and description for your new Easy Setup, then click Create.

  7. Enter a filename and location if you don’t want to use the defaults.

    Figure. Save dialog.
  8. Click Save.

    Your new Easy Setup is automatically selected and appears in the Use pop-up menu.

Moving, Deleting, and Restoring an Easy Setup

Easy Setups that come with Final Cut Pro are located within the application itself, as well as at /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro System Support/Custom Settings/.

Easy Setups stored within the application itself are locked, so you cannot modify or delete them.

Important: If you decide to make an Easy Setup unavailable, make sure you aren’t using it in any current projects and won’t need it for future projects. Once you remove or delete an Easy Setup, sequences that use it will not play properly.

To move an Easy Setup to another Final Cut Pro editing system
  • Copy the Easy Setup file from its stored location on your hard disk to another disk or storage medium.

To delete a custom Easy Setup
  1. Quit Final Cut Pro.

  2. Drag the Final Cut Pro preferences file to the Trash.

    This file is in the location /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Final Cut Pro User Data/.

  3. Locate the custom Easy Setup file you want to delete.

    Files are located by default at /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro System Support/Custom Settings/.

  4. Drag the Easy Setup file to the Trash.

To make an Easy Setup unavailable
  1. Quit Final Cut Pro.

  2. Drag the Easy Setup file you want to make unavailable out of the following folder: /Library/Application Support/Final Cut Pro System Support/Custom Settings/.

    You can leave this file on your hard disk for future use or you can drag it to the Trash.

  3. Drag the Final Cut Pro Preferences file to the Trash.

    This file is located at /Users/username/Library/Preferences/Final Cut Pro User Data/.

    If you don’t delete this preferences file, the Easy Setup will still appear in the Easy Setup dialog and the Choose Setup window (for an initial setup).

  4. Open Final Cut Pro.

  5. Choose your initial setup.

    The Easy Setup you made available no longer appears in the list.

    For more information, see Connecting DV Video Equipment.

Example: Creating a Custom Preset and Easy Setup

The following example shows how to create a custom Easy Setup for capturing DV NTSC video from a Betacam SP deck using a USB-to-serial adapter for serial device control and a DV converter box. You can use the existing sequence and capture presets and external video setting, but you need to create a new device control preset.

To create a custom Easy Setup for capturing DV NTSC video from a Betacam SP deck
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Audio/Video Settings.

  2. In the Summary tab, choose DV NTSC 48kHz from the Sequence Preset pop-up menu.

  3. Choose DV NTSC 48kHz from the Capture Preset pop-up menu.

  4. Choose Apple FireWire NTSC (720 x 480) from the Video Playback pop-up menu.

  5. Click the Device Control Presets tab to create a new preset for serial device control.

    1. Click Duplicate to create a new preset using the current device control preset.

    2. In the Device Control Preset Editor, change the name to “Betacam SP Serial Device Control.”

    3. Change the description to “Use this preset when controlling your Betacam SP deck using RS-422 serial device control.”

      Figure. Device Control Preset Editor window.
    4. Choose Sony RS-422 from the Protocol pop-up menu.

    5. In the Audio Mapping pop-up menu, choose the number of audio channels your deck accepts when recording.

    6. Choose LTC + VITC from the Time Source pop-up menu.

    7. Click OK.

    Eventually, you’ll need to calibrate the timecode offset for your hardware setup and enter it in this custom device control preset to ensure frame-accurate video capture. For more information, see Calibrating Timecode Capture with Serial Device Control.

  6. Click the Summary tab.

    The Device Control Preset pop-up menu is now set to the newly created preset, Betacam SP Serial Device Control.

    Figure. Device Control Preset pop-up menu.
  7. Click Create Easy Setup.

  8. Enter a name and description for your new Easy Setup, then click Create.

    Figure. Easy Setup dialog.
  9. Enter a filename and location if you don’t want to use the defaults, then click Save.