Capturing Video and Audio Separately

When you capture video and audio to separate files, two media files are saved on your hard disk, but the clips appear in your project as merged clips. Capturing your video and audio as separate files allows you to divide the workload between two scratch disks, maximizing the performance of each scratch disk you’re using so that you can capture your video at the highest possible data rate. Video and audio files captured as separate files have the same name, with “_v” appended to video files and “_a” appended to audio files. The files are also captured to two separate folders named Capture Scratch and Audio Capture Scratch, respectively.

To capture video and audio to separate files
  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > System Settings, then click the Scratch Disks tab.

  2. Select the “Capture Audio and Video to Separate Files” checkbox.

    Note: For capturing DV (including DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, and DVCPRO HD) media, it’s usually best to leave this checkbox unselected.

  3. Select the checkboxes corresponding to the type of files you want to store on each scratch disk: Video Capture, Audio Capture, Video Render, and Audio Render.

    For example, if you want to capture video and audio to separate scratch disks, choose two different scratch disks, then select the Video Capture option on one disk and the Audio Capture option on the other. You can also capture separate video and audio files to the same scratch disk, assuming the combined video and audio data rates don’t exceed your scratch disk data rate.

  4. Click OK to save your scratch disk settings.