Overview of Logging Steps

Before you begin to log, make sure that your camcorder or deck is connected to your computer and that you’ve chosen the correct Easy Setup and specified a scratch disk. For more information, see Are You Ready to Log and Capture?

If you like, you can follow the process outlined below to log your clips. If you need more detailed information, see the sections that follow. For information about the Log and Capture window, see About the Log and Capture Window.

  1. Stage 1: Opening the Log and Capture Window

    The Log and Capture window provides controls for controlling a VTR or camcorder, previewing video from tape, setting In and Out points, logging, and capturing clips. It must be open before you can log and capture clips. See Opening the Log and Capture Window for more information.

  2. Stage 2: Inserting a Tape in the VTR

    You need to make sure there is a proper connection between the VTR and camcorder and Final Cut Pro. See Inserting a Tape in the VTR for more information.

  3. Stage 3: Setting a Logging Bin to Store Logged Clips

    When you log clips, you need to specify a logging bin where the clips are stored in your project. See Setting a Logging Bin to Store Logged Clips for more information.

  4. Stage 4: Entering a Reel Name for the Current Tape

    All clips require a reel name. Make sure you enter the proper reel name before you capture. See Entering a Reel Name for the Current Tape for more information.

  5. Stage 5: Setting Clip In and Out Points

    A clip to be captured is defined by In and Out points that you set as you view the footage in Final Cut Pro. This is how you tell Final Cut Pro what part of a tape to capture. See Setting Clip In and Out Points for more information.

  6. Stage 6: Entering a Clip Name and Other Logging Information

    You can enter a variety of clip properties in the Logging tab of the Log and Capture window. See Entering a Clip Name and Other Logging Information for more information.

  7. Stage 7: Adding Markers to Clips While Logging

    As you log, you can set markers within clips to note significant parts for future reference. See Adding Markers to Clips While Logging for more information.

  8. Stage 8: Selecting Which Tracks to Capture

    For each clip you log, you need to specify which video and audio tracks are captured to the clip’s media file. See Selecting Which Tracks to Capture for more information.

  9. Stage 9: Changing Capture Settings

    If you’ve changed equipment or your Easy Setup, you may need to modify your capture settings. See Changing Capture Settings for more information.

  10. Stage 10: Setting Video and Audio Levels for Analog Video

    If you are capturing from an analog source, you can adjust analog video and audio levels for each clip in the Clip Settings tab of the Log and Capture window. See Setting Video and Audio Levels for Analog Video for more information.

  11. Stage 11: Logging a Clip

    Once you have entered basic logging information, you can log the clip, which means adding it to your project. See Logging a Clip for more information.