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. For example, a typical DV videotape has one video track and two audio tracks. You can capture video only, audio only, or both video and audio. You can also choose how many audio tracks to capture, and how they are grouped together (mono or stereo).

Figure. Log and Capture window showing Clip Settings options.
To select which tracks on tape are captured
  1. In the Log and Capture window, click the Clip Settings tab.

  2. To capture video, select the Video checkbox.

  3. To capture audio, select the Audio checkbox.

Multichannel Audio Capture Track Selection

Final Cut Pro can capture up to 24 audio tracks from a video or audio interface. Each input on your audio interface is shown in a list in the Clip Settings tab. You can select up to 24 inputs for simultaneous capture. You can also group adjacent channels together as a stereo pair, or leave them as mono channels. For more information about capturing multiple audio channels, and about selecting which audio tracks are captured, see Multichannel Audio Channel Selection.

If you change your mind about the audio grouping after you capture, you can make channel grouping adjustments by choosing Modify > Clip Settings, or by relinking clip items in the Timeline. For example, two adjacent mono channels can be regrouped as a stereo pair. For more information, see Dual Mono Versus Stereo Audio and Linking and Editing Video and Audio in Sync.

Important: In Final Cut Pro 6 and later versions, each mono audio channel is captured to a separate track in a QuickTime media file. Each stereo pair is each captured to a single interleaved track in a QuickTime media file. In versions previous to Final Cut Pro 6, only two-channel audio capture is supported to a single QuickTime audio track. Therefore, older versions of Final Cut Pro can only recognize media files if you capture them with a single stereo pair audio track.

Changing a Clip’s Track Selections After Logging

Once a clip is logged, you can override its track settings in one of two ways:

  • Clip Settings command: You can change an offline clip’s track settings by choosing Modify > Clip Settings, and then enabling different tracks for capture.
    Figure. Modify Clip Settings window showing options for changing an offline clip's track settings.
  • Batch Capture dialog: If you are batch capturing clips, deselect the Use Logged Clip Settings checkbox. In this case, individual clip settings will be overridden by the current video and audio track selection in the Clip Settings tab of the Log and Capture window.
    Figure. Batch Capture window showing the Used Logged Clip Settings checkbox.