About Transferring File-Based Media

When transferring clips from file-based media, you gain the advantage of being able to efficiently access and work with files on a computer, as opposed to working with a camcorder or tape device that linearly rolls through your tape. This ease of access gives you flexibility in how you transfer media files to your hard disk as clips. You can automatically transfer whole volumes of clips off a storage device in one batch and then apply In and Out points and logging information to each clip later. You can work with individual clips, setting In and Out points and logging information one by one or as needed. And you can also transfer and log groups of clips as your editing needs and schedule require. The workflow and steps taken to successfully ingest clips can change to suit your editing needs. The importance of being organized and consistently logging clips for your projects remains high, but the acquisition of your clips is easier and more flexible.

This chapter presents the basic steps for a standard transfer of file-based media. You can adjust your logging and transferring workflow to suit your purposes. One of the determinants of your workflow involves the type of camcorder and video format that your media was recorded with. Advanced camcorders, such as those that record HD or other advanced formats that rival digital intermediate resolutions, may require the media to be ingested using specific plug-ins, codecs, or types of transcoding to support editing with Final Cut Pro. For more information about supported camcorders and video editing workflows supported by Final Cut Pro, see Professional Formats and Workflows, available in Final Cut Pro Help.

The standard workflow for transferring file-based media is outlined below. For details, see the sections that follow.

  1. Stage 1: Choosing a Scratch Disk and Logging Bin

    See Choosing a Scratch Disk and Logging Bin for information about specifying where the file-based media will be stored.

  2. Stage 2: Mounting Media Devices

    See Mounting Media Devices for information about mounting a media device on your desktop.

  3. Stage 3: Mounting Media Volumes in the Log and Transfer Window

    See Mounting Media Volumes in the Log and Transfer Window for information about beginning the log and transfer process by opening the Log and Transfer window.

  4. Stage 4: Choosing a Destination Codec

    See Choosing a Destination Codec for information about choosing the codec for your transferred media.

  5. Stage 5: Viewing Clips to Be Transferred

    See Viewing Clips to Be Transferred for information about using the Browse area to view the contents of the mounted volumes.

  6. Stage 6: Selecting Clips

    See Selecting Clips for information about selecting clips to preview and log.

  7. Stage 7: Previewing Clips

    See Previewing Clips for information about previewing selected clips.

  8. Stage 8: Logging Clips in the Log and Transfer Window

    See Logging Clips in the Log and Transfer Window for information about logging selected clips and modifying their descriptive information before transferring them.

  9. Stage 9: Placing Clips in the Transfer Queue

    See Placing Clips in the Transfer Queue for information about monitoring, pausing, and restarting the transfer process.