Logging Clips in the Log and Transfer Window

You use the Logging area to modify a clip’s reel name and other descriptive information before transfer. Data entered here is stored with project clips after transfer.

Figure. Logging area in the Log and Transfer window.

The fields here are similar to the logging fields in the Log and Capture window. Press Tab to move from field to field, and press Shift-Tab to move through fields in reverse.

You can reset clip logging fields and metadata by Control-clicking one or more clips in the Browse area and choosing Revert to Original Metadata from the shortcut menu. The following clip properties are reset: Reel, Name, Scene, Shot/Take, Angle, Log Note, In, Out, and the clip’s playhead position.

Naming Clips During Transfer

When you’re logging clips for large projects, it’s especially important to use easily understandable clip names that also lend organization to your project. You can use clip-naming presets to apply consistent naming to your clips. For example, you can specify that Final Cut Pro apply clip names that include the reel, shot, scene, and angle in the clip name, making each clip more easily identifiable later. You can create clip-naming presets that compose names using a large variety of identifying elements, and save these clip-name components as a preset that you can reuse whenever needed. For more information about creating and using clip-naming presets, see Automatically Naming Your Clips.

Using Autofill Cache Logging Information

Unlike the fields in the Log and Capture window, the fields in the Logging area of the Log and Transfer window retain an autofill cache of previously logged information so that you can enter repetitive information more quickly.

Note: Final Cut Pro adds logging information to the autofill cache only when a clip is ingested.

To enter previously logged data from the autofill cache
  • Choose previously entered logging data from the pop-up menu next to the logging field.

To empty the autofill cache so that previously logged data does not appear in logging fields
  1. In the upper-right corner of the Browse area, choose Preferences from the Action pop-up menu.

  2. Click Clear Logging Autofill Cache.

Incrementing Logging Fields

Most of the logging fields have an Increment button you can click to increase the value of the last character of the clip name by one, according to the following rules:

  • Any numbers at the end of a field are incremented by one.

  • Any single letters at the end of a field are incremented alphabetically by one from A to Z.

  • Any single letters preceded by numbers are incremented alphabetically from A to Z. After Z, the number increases by one and the letter starts over at A, and then the cycle repeats.

  • A number is appended to any fields ending with multiple letters, and is incremented by one. For example, ABC is followed by ABC1, then ABC2, and so on.

Setting Audio and Video Clip Import Settings

You can open the Import Settings pane by clicking the Import Settings button in the Logging area. Here you can specify whether video or audio is transferred, as well as the number and grouping of the audio channels. Audio meters display audio input levels on enabled channels.

Note: Some formats, such as AVCHD, are automatically mixed down to stereo. For these formats, you cannot adjust audio settings.

Figure. Import Settings pane in the Logging area of the Log and Transfer window.

When a single clip is selected in the Browse area, clip import settings are applied to that clip.

To apply import settings to multiple clips
  1. Shift-click or Command-click multiple clips in the Browse area to select them.

  2. Enable video and audio channels in the Import Settings pane.

  3. Click Apply to Selection, then click OK in the dialog that appears.