Device Control Protocols Supported by Final Cut Pro

A device control protocol defines the rules and syntax for how two devices communicate with each other. The two connected devices must negotiate and agree upon the speed of communication (often measured in bits per second or bauds, much like a modem), the length of each binary word, and how different commands—such as play, rewind, and fast-forward—are coded. Once the two devices have successfully established communication via a remote control protocol, navigational commands, timecode, and so on can be transferred between the device and Final Cut Pro.

To establish remote device control between a VTR or camcorder and a computer, you need to connect a remote control cable between the device and your computer. You also need to tell Final Cut Pro what communication protocol your device understands. The most common methods of device control and timecode capture are:

The following is a list of the device control protocols you can use in Final Cut Pro. Not all protocols are compatible with all features. See the documentation that came with your camcorder or deck for more information on the device control specification it uses, or visit the Final Cut Pro website at

Note: RS-422 uses serial cables that are different from RS-232 cables. For more information on cables and their availability, see the information that came with your device. You can buy these cables at specialty video equipment or electronics retailers.