Controls in the Log and Transfer Window

This section describes the features and controls of the Log and Transfer window.

Controls in the Log and Transfer Browse Area

The top of the Browse area contains several buttons and controls:

Figure. Controls in the upper part of the Browse area in the Log and Transfer window.

Other Browse area controls include the following:

Figure. Controls in the lower part of the Browse area in the Log and Transfer window.
  • Add Volume button: Click to add a folder with a valid file-based media folder structure for a format such as P2, AVCHD, AVC-Intra, or XDCAM. You can also drag a folder from the Finder to the Browse area. Final Cut Pro can also mount disk images (.dmg files), which allow you to use disk images as a convenient method of archiving.
  • Eject button: Click to remove the currently selected volume or folder from the Browse area (or press Command-Option-E). The selected volume is unmounted from the desktop in the Finder. Folders are removed from the Browse area but are otherwise unaffected.
  • Search field: An iTunes-like search field that limits which clips are displayed. All columns are searched for matches even if some columns are not currently displayed. For example, if you type “DV,” clips whose names contain “DV” are displayed, but so are clips using DV and DVCPRO codecs. You can press Command-Control-S to highlight the search field.

    The search field accepts three kinds of timecode delimiters—periods (.), semicolons (;), and colons (:)—and does not distinguish between them during searches. For example, you can find all clips containing “10;00” in a timecode field by entering “10.00,” “10:00,” or “10;00.”

  • List view buttons: There are two ways to view the list of clips on mounted volumes.
    • Hierarchical List view: View clips grouped by volume. In this view, you can click the disclosure triangle next to a volume name to show or hide the clips contained within. You can also select the volume and press the Right Arrow key to open it and the Left Arrow key to close it. By default, this view shows columns for Name, Thumbnail Images, Media Start, and Media Duration.
    • Flat List view: View clips from all mounted volumes in a single list. Each clip’s parent volume is specified in the Volume column. This view is unique because it consolidates spanned clips into a single item. If you are working with spanned clips, you should usually work in this view.
  • Column headings: Columns display clip properties and metadata. You can use column headings in the following ways:
    • Click a column heading to sort clips by this property. Click the column heading again to reverse the sort order.

    • Control-click and choose a column heading from the shortcut menu to show or hide additional columns such as Format, Compressor, and Shooting Date.

    • Reorder columns by dragging their headings to the left or right.

  • Clip properties: Most clip properties are read-only, but you can change some properties, such as Name, Scene, Shot, In, and Out, by double-clicking them, pressing Enter, or pressing Return. If a clip name is selected, you can press Tab to edit the name of the next clip in the Browse area.

    Changes to clip properties are stored within the current project, but original clip properties remain unchanged on the mounted volumes. This means that:

    • Before ingesting a clip in the Log and Transfer window, you can revert back to a clip’s original properties by Control-clicking the clip and choosing Revert to Original Metadata from the shortcut menu.

    • While logging clips to a new project in the Log and Transfer window, you won’t see clip property modifications that you made while logging clips in other projects. In other words, clip properties are only stored on a per-project basis.

  • Media map indicators: Indicate how much of a clip’s media has been ingested into the current project. Before you ingest any media into a project, all the media map indicators are empty. If you ingest a portion of media from a clip on a volume, that segment is added to the project as a clip, and the corresponding media map indicator has a partially filled icon. If you create a new project or close the current one, the media map indicator for that clip appears empty again. You can click on the Media Map column to sort clips by their ingesting state.

    Media map indicators have three states:

    • Empty: No media has been ingested.
    • Partial: At least one frame, but not all frames, have been ingested.
    • Complete: All of the media for the clip has been ingested.
  • Thumbnail Resize slider: Adjust the slider to change the size of clip thumbnails. Click the large or small thumbnail button to jump to the largest and smallest thumbnail sizes, respectively.
  • Add Selection to Queue button: Click this button to add the currently selected clips in the Browse area to the Transfer Queue for ingest.

Controls in the Log and Transfer Preview Area

This section of the Log and Transfer window lets you view a video file as you log and transfer it.

Figure. Log and Transfer window showing preview area options.
  • Timecode Duration field: Displays the duration, in timecode, between the current 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 file. You can enter a timecode number in this field to navigate to that timecode point on your file.

    Tip: You can drag timecode values to the Log and Transfer 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 Transfer Window

Use these buttons to control the preview of the file footage. These controls are similar to controls in the Viewer and Canvas, except that they control playback of a file. For more information, see Navigating in the Viewer and Canvas.

Figure. Log and Transferwindow showing the transport controls.

Jog and Shuttle Controls in the Log and Transfer Window

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

Figure. Log and Transfer window showing the jog control and shuttle control.

In the Log and Transfer 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: Jog and shuttle commands are disabled when working with AVCHD footage.

Navigation and Marking Controls in the Log and Transfer Window

Use these controls to set In and Out points for a clip, navigate to the next or previous clip in the Browse area, and add clips to the Transfer Queue.

Figure. Log and Transfer window showing the nagivation and marking controls.
  • Mark In (I): This button sets the In point for a clip.
  • Clip In Point Timecode field: Shows the timecode value of the currently set In point.
  • Go to In Point: This button moves the playhead to the currently set In point.
  • Mark Out (O): This button sets the Out point for a clip.
  • Clip Out Point Timecode field: Shows the timecode of the currently set Out point.
  • Go to Out Point: This button moves the playhead to the currently set Out point.
  • Previous Clip: Click this button to select and preview the previous clip in the Browse area.
  • Add Clip to Queue: After you’ve completed setting the In and Out points of a clip, click this button to move the selected clip into the Transfer Queue for processing and transfer into your Final Cut Pro logging bin.
  • Next Clip: Click this button to select and preview the next clip in the Browse area.

Options in the Log and Transfer Logging Area

The Logging area provides logging options and import setting options.

Logging Options in the Log and Transfer Window

Click the Logging button in this area to add descriptive information to each clip that you log, such as reel name, In and Out points, scene, shot/take number, and so on. Much of this information can also be added later in the Browser.

Figure. Log and Transfer window showing the Logging tab options.
  • Name Preset pop-up menu: You can use this pop-up menu to choose a naming preset that will be applied to your clips. For more information about using name presets, see Automatically Naming Your Clips.
  • Logging Fields: Enter the information you want applied to a clip in the logging fields.
  • Autofill pop-up menus: These pop-up menus provide a list of logging text that you’ve used previously and allow you to choose and reuse them as needed.
  • Increment button: Click to increase the last character of the logging item by one.

Import Settings Options in the Log and Transfer Window

Use this button to choose which video and audio tracks you transfer from the selected file. You can choose to transfer video only, audio only, or both video and audio, and you can specify which audio channels you transfer.

Figure. Log and Transfer window showing the Import Settings options.
  • Video checkbox: Select this checkbox to include the video track of the selected clip in the transfer into a project. When you deselect it, the video track is not transferred.
  • Audio checkbox: Select this checkbox to include the audio track of the selected clip in the transfer into a project. When you deselect it, the audio tracks are not transferred.
  • Apply to Selection button: After making selections in the Import Settings area, click this button to apply those selections to the clip.

Controls in the Transfer Queue

The Transfer Queue shows a list of clips currently queued for ingest. The status of each clip is shown and a progress bar indicates how much of a clip’s media has already been ingested.

You can pause or restart ingest at any time by clicking the Pause button or by pressing Command-Control-Q.

Figure. Transfer Queue in the Log and Transfer window.
  • Reveal Logging Bin: Click this button to reveal the current logging bin in the Browser.
  • Pause button: This button starts and pauses the processing of clips in the Transfer Queue.
  • Thumbnail Resize slider: Changes the clip icon size in the Queue area.
  • Automatic Transfer button: Click this button to turn on the automatic transfer of files when a volume is mounted. When turned on, Final Cut Pro will automatically add the files on the mounted volume to the Transfer Queue and process them using the current logging presets and preference settings.