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. When you log a clip, the In point you set becomes the clip’s Media Start property, and the Out point becomes the clip’s Media End property. These properties can be seen in the Browser and in the Item Properties window. For more information, see Working with Projects, Clips, and Sequences.

To set In and Out points for a clip to be captured
  1. In the Log and Capture window, navigate to the first frame of the clip you want to log by doing one of the following:

    • Use the transport controls.

    • Enter a timecode value in the Current Timecode field.

    For more information about controls in the Log and Capture window, see About the Log and Capture Window.

  2. To set the In point for the clip, do one of the following:

    • Click the Mark In button.

    • Press I.

  3. Find the last frame of the clip you want to log, by doing one of the following:

    • Use the transport controls.

    • Enter a timecode value in the Current Timecode field.

  4. To set the Out point for the clip, do one of the following:

    • Click the Mark Out button.

    • Press O.

When you set an In or Out point, you may be off by a few frames. You can adjust the clip In and Out points using timecode.

To adjust clip In and Out points using timecode
Do one of the following:
  • Enter a timecode number for the In or Out point.

    Figure. Log and Capture window showing In point and Out point fields.
  • Click in the Clip In or Out point timecode field, then type + (plus) or – (minus) followed by the number of frames or seconds you want to adjust the In or Out point.

For example, you could adjust the In point to be ten frames earlier by clicking in the Clip In point timecode field and then typing –10. An alternative method is to batch capture all clips with additional “handles” on the In point and Out point. Handles are media beyond the In and Out points of a clip that provide a safety margin during capture to make sure you get a bit of extra media in case you need it during editing. For more information about adding handles during batch capture, see Batch Capturing Clips.