Preview Area in the Log and Capture Window

This section of the Log and Capture window lets you view video from tape while you log and capture it. If your camcorder or deck is not on or there is no tape inserted, you see color bars or black. The following controls appear if your camcorder or deck is on and properly connected, and device control is turned on.

Figure. Log and Capture window showing preview area options.

Video Preview Area in the Log and Capture Window

The following controls and displays are in the video preview area of the Log and Capture window:

  • Available space and time: Final Cut Pro displays the amount of available space on the current scratch disk and the amount of capture time available, which depends on the capture preset chosen in the Capture/Input pop-up menu in the Capture Settings tab.
  • Device status: Shows the readiness of camcorders and decks connected to your computer and being controlled by Final Cut Pro. If you see “VTR OK,” your equipment is connected and working properly. If you see another message or for more information, see Understanding Device Control Status Messages.
  • Timecode Duration field: Displays the duration, in timecode, between the current tape In and Out points. If you enter a duration in this field, the Out point is adjusted.
  • Current Timecode field: Displays the timecode number of the current frame of your source tape. You can enter a timecode number in this field to navigate to that timecode point on your tape.

    Tip: You can drag timecode values to the Log and Capture timecode fields from other timecode fields in Final Cut Pro, such as Browser columns. Hold down the Option key while you drag a timecode value from a column in the Browser to either the Timecode Duration or the Current Timecode field.

Transport Controls in the Log and Capture Window

If you have device control, use the transport controls to control your camcorder or deck. These controls are similar to controls in the Viewer and Canvas, except that they control playback of a videotape instead of a media file. For more information, see Navigating in the Viewer and Canvas.

Figure. Log and Capture window showing the transport controls.

Jog and Shuttle Controls in the Log and Capture Window

Jog and shuttle controls, similar to those in the Viewer and Canvas, are also available for navigating through the tape. For more information, see Navigating in the Viewer and Canvas.

Figure. Log and Capture window showing jog control and shuttle control.

In the Log and Capture window, you can use the J, K, and L keys for jogging and shuttling, just as you can in the Viewer and Canvas. For more information about using the J, K, and L keys to navigate through your clip, see Shuttling Through a Clip or Sequence and Jogging Through a Clip or Sequence.

Note: Tape playback is not as efficient as playback from media files on your hard disk. It takes a few seconds for a tape to cue to the proper frames or change playback direction.

Marking Controls in the Log and Capture Window

Use these controls to set In and Out points for a clip on tape.

Figure. Log and Capture window showing the marking controls.
  • Mark In (I): This button sets the In point for a clip on tape.
  • Clip In Point Timecode field: Shows the timecode value of the currently set In point.
  • Go to In Point: This button causes the connected VTR to cue to the currently set In point.
  • Mark Out (O): This button sets the Out point for a clip on tape.
  • Clip Out Point Timecode field: Shows the timecode of the currently set Out point.
  • Go to Out Point: This button causes the connected camcorder or VTR to cue to the currently set Out point.