The Importance of Logging

Because of the deadline-driven nature of moviemaking, it is tempting to skip the time-consuming preparatory steps in an effort to produce results faster. Don’t make this mistake. The benefits of accurate logging usually come late in a project, such as in the media management and finishing phases, when time is at a premium.

To log your tapes using Final Cut Pro, you connect your camcorder or deck to your computer and use the Logging tab in the Log and Capture window to specify the reel number, timecode In and Out points, and name of each clip you create.

In the Logging tab, you can also add details about each clip such as a clip description, scene number, shot or take number, and general logging notes. You can also select a checkbox labeled Good to identify the best of several takes. Once you have edited several projects, you may devise your own particular rules and abbreviations for these descriptive fields.

Each clip that you log is stored in your project, and all of the descriptive information in the clip can be changed in the Browser or using the Item Properties window. For more information about changing clip properties, see Working with Projects, Clips, and Sequences.

Important: When you log in Final Cut Pro, you add descriptive information to clips, not to media files. This means that all of your logging information is stored in your project file, not the media files on disk. If you delete your project file or clips from the Browser, your logging information is gone forever.