Reingesting Media at Full Quality and Full Resolution

Once you’ve finished editing your project, you use the “Create offline” option in the Media Manager to create a duplicate of your edited sequence using an online-quality sequence preset. The Media Manager is convenient because it not only creates a duplicate sequence with new settings, but every clip in the sequence is also set to the the new settings.

Note: The Media Manager adjusts the dimensions and scale of any graphics or Final Cut Pro generators you used to match the new sequence settings.

To create a duplicate of your sequence with online-quality settings
  1. In the Browser, select your sequence.

  2. Choose File > Media Manager.

  3. Choose “Create offline” from the Media pop-up menu, then choose an online-quality sequence preset from the “Set sequences to” pop-up menu.

    Note: If you want to limit the amount of media your online-quality sequence references to media necessary for the sequence itself, make sure the “Delete unused media” checkbox is selected. In this case, you may also want to select the Use Handles option in case you need an extra second or two to add transitions or trim your sequence during the online edit.

    Figure. Media Manager dialog.
  4. When you’re ready, click OK.

  5. In the Save dialog that appears, enter a name and choose a location for the project that contains the duplicated, online-quality sequence; then click Save.

You can now transfer the project containing your new sequence to a Final Cut Pro system capable of reingesting and finishing your project at full quality and full resolution. The sequence clips are considered offline because they are not yet connected to full-resolution media. In this case, the term offline refers to the fact that the clips are disconnected from media files.

For more information on using the Media Manager, see Overview of the Media Manager.

Which Sequence Preset Should You Choose for Your Online Edit?

The format you choose in the “Set sequences to” pop-up menu depends on the format of your original footage and the video hardware in your online editing system. For example, if the format of your footage is DV, you choose a corresponding DV sequence preset in the “Set sequences to” pop-up menu. If the format of your footage is a non-DV format, such as Digital Betacam or HDCAM, you need to choose an uncompressed sequence preset that corresponds to your third-party video interface. Or you could choose a preset for a high-quality version of Apple ProRes such as Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or Apple ProRes 4444.

Third-party interfaces usually come with premade sequence presets you can install and choose in Final Cut Pro. If your editing system doesn’t have the appropriate third-party presets installed, you need to install them on your system. Alternatively, you can transfer your original sequence to the online editing system (which should contain the appropriate sequence presets) and create your final sequence for reingesting directly on that system.

Reingesting Full-Quality, Full-Resolution Media for Your Sequence

Once you create a sequence with online-quality settings, you can bring it to an online editing system along with your original tapes or file-based media and any graphic, video, and audio files necessary to re-create your sequence.

To recapture media from tape for your full-quality, full-resolution sequence
  1. Open the project file you created that contains your duplicated sequence with online-quality settings.

  2. Select the sequence in the Browser.

  3. To recapture all of the offline clips in the sequence, do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Batch Capture.

    • Control-click the sequence and choose Batch Capture from the shortcut menu.

    • Press Control-C.

For more information, see Capturing Video from Tape.

To retransfer media from file-based devices for your full-quality, full-resolution sequence
  1. Choose File > Log and Transfer to open the Log and Transfer window.

  2. Choose Preferences from the Action pop-up menu (the menu with the gear icon).

  3. When the Import Preferences dialog appears, choose the setting in the “Transcode to” column corresponding to the format you want to use in your online-quality sequence.

  4. Open the project file you created that contains your duplicated sequence with online-quality settings.

  5. Close the Log and Transfer window when you have finished.

  6. In the Browser, select the sequence with the online-quality settings.

  7. To retransfer all of the offline clips in the sequence, do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Batch Capture.

    • Control-click the sequence and choose Batch Capture from the shortcut menu.

    • Press Control-C.

For more information, see Transferring File-Based Media.

Adding Final Color Correction, Effects, Transitions, and Titles

An online edit session focuses on the quality of your video. A fully-equipped online edit suite includes a video waveform monitor, a vectorscope, and a broadcast-quality monitor to make sure your video looks as good as possible.

Output to Tape, MPEG-2 (for DVD), or a QuickTime Movie File

Once all effects are added, color correction is completed, and the final audio mix is added, you render sections of the Timeline where necessary and then output to tape. For more information about output to tape, see Preparing to Output to Tape.

Alternatively, you can export to an MPEG-2 file for DVD, a QuickTime movie file for web output, or an image sequence for transfer to film. For more information about these output methods, see the corresponding sections in Exporting Sequences for DVD, Exporting QuickTime Movies, and Exporting Still Images and Image Sequences.