|Tutorial: - Basic
Capture Techniques for DV
Capture Techniques for DV
By Gretta Wing Miller
Final Cut Pro will call for reels to be
inserted in the deck, and it will find and capture the clips
you have selected based on their timecode In and Out points.
All you have to do is feed tapes as Final
Cut Pro calls for them. This is the time when your naming scheme
for tape reels will be called to account. FCP will assume you
have inserted the right reel, and will capture the associated
timecode range. If it is the wrong reel, it won't be the right
If you want to quickly separate
a reel into individual clips: uncheck the 'Prompt' box, enter
a name in the 'Label' field, start the tape playing and enter
a first 'In' point.
Every time you hit 'F2' (at the end of
each clip), a new clip will be created in the logging bin, with
incremented numbers attached to the original name. The tape will
not stop rolling, and you will not be given a dialog box to write
log notes, or rename the clips.
log was created by putting the name 'horse show' in the 'Label'
then pressing F2 after every discrete clip.
Method 2: Capture
A Whole Tape, then Make Subclips
Best for Interviews and Chronological
Put your first tape in deck/camera.
Open Log and Capture under the File menu.
Enter the Reel name on the Logging tab.
Click on the Clip Settings tab to define what you want to capture.
Click on the Scratch disk tab to make sure these are correct.
Now, back to the Logging tab. Start the reel playing, and click
on the 'Capture Now' button.
Let the entire interview, or the entire reel, if you have HD
space, be captured. I advise watching it and making notes. You
can't screen your footage too much. The more you watch it, the
better you know what you have to work with.
Press 'Esc.' before the end of the tape,
so that it doesn't run past the end of the time code. Click on
and drag this 'Untitled' clip into your Browser.
In the Save dialog box that opens, navigate to the Capture Scratch
folder that you designated in your Preferences. You will know
you have found it when you see a greyed out 'Untitled 0000' in
Name it, save it, and then close the clip window.
Close the L and C window. SAVE.
Drag your new clip into the timeline.
Now you can play and cut this one big clip into smaller, discrete
pieces. Cut an interview into coherent sound bites, cut out the
interviewer's questions, cut out the shaky camera and swish pans,
etc. Use ripple delete to remove chunks, or the razor blade to
cut between sections.
Delete: To remove the selected piece without leaving a gap,
hold down Shift and press Delete.
Put edit points around the
section you want to remove, or select an entire clip. Then hold
down Shift as you press Delete. The selection will be deleted
and the space closed up. SAVE
notice that these new smaller clips all have the same name.
Option-click on one of them and select 'Properties' from the
pop-up menu that appears. (Or choose 'Item Properties' from the
Item Properties window tells you everything you might need to
know about a clip.
Change the name of each new clip to something relevant and descriptive.
Next, select all the clips in the
Timeline (Edit>Select All or cmd-A with the Timeline active).
Now you can drag all of the clips into
the Browser (or to a specific bin in the Browser), and they will
appear as separate clips. At this point, they all refer to the
one master clip on the scratch disk.
dragging all your newly cut apart and renamed clips from the
Timeline to the Browser,
they appear as if they were always separate clips.
If you need to conserve disk space, go to File>Save Project,
then quit FCP, open the Scratch Disk, drag that clip to the Trash.
(Please be conservative when working with video; quit FCP before
you do anything at the Finder level.)
When you open FCP again, all the individual
clips will be offline, and you can selectively Batch Capture
(see above) just the clips that you want.
I hope these techniques will provide
a swift and happy start to your successful Final Cut Pro projects.
copyright © Gretta Wing Miller 2001
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