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If you need to capture footage that was shot onto a miniDV tape launch the log and capture window by going to File -> Log and Capture. [[Image:Lc1.jpg|thumb|center|File -> Log and Capture.]]
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==Setup==
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The following instructions explain how to log and capture footage that was recorded onto miniDV tape. This process is sometimes called "digitizing" and is the first step in the editing process.
  
Insert your miniDV tape into the MiniDV deck and rewind the tape to the beginning by pressing the rewind button on the MiniDV deck. You should have device control as long as your Log and Capture window says "VTR Okay" which means you can control the deck from the computer. Use the "J" key to rewind, "L" key to fast forward and the "K" key to stop. You thumb should naturally rest on the space bar which can be used to play and stop the tape. Each time that you hit the "J" or the "L" keys the deck will scrub faster. Set your in and out points for your first scene/take using the "i" and "o" keys on the keyboard and then click the "Log Clip" button. [[Image:Lc4.jpg|thumb|center|Click the "Log Clip" button.]]
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*Slide the Rec/Save tab to the "Save" position on the miniDV tape that you are about to capture. This is a safety measure that protects your footage from being recorded over by mistake.
  
Add a description of the scene/take when prompted and click save. This will add a clip icon to your browser and it will have a red slash through it. Continue these two steps until you have worked through all of your scenes. Click on "Batch" and the miniDV deck will capture all of the clips that you just logged. [[Image:Lc5.jpg|thumb|center|Click the "Batch" button.]]
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*Insert the miniDV tape into the MiniDV deck and rewind the tape to the beginning by pressing the rewind button on the MiniDV deck.
  
If you have problems batch capturing please read the [[Troubleshooting Timecode Errors]] document. Once everything has been captured and there are no clips in the browser with a red slash through them you can close the log and capture window.
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*[[Image:Lc1.jpg|thumb|right|File -> Log and Capture.]] Open the log and capture window by selecting File -> Log and Capture (Or Command+8).
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*Confirm that Final Cut Pro recognizes the miniDV deck by seeing the "VTR Okay" message underneath the main image window.  If Final Cut reports a different message please see the document [[Troubleshooting Timecode Errors]] before proceeding.
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*Familiarize yourself with the keyboard transport controls to navigate through your footage.
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**the "J" key is rewind (repeat key presses speed up the rewind)
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**the "L" key is fast forward (repeat key presses speed up the fast forward)
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**the "K" key is stop
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**the "Spacebar" is play/pause
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**the "arrow left" key steps one frame backward
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**the "arrow right" key steps one frame forward
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==Logging==
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*Locate the beginning of the first clip that you want to log using the transport controls above and set your "in" point using the "i" key.
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*Confirm that the "in" timecode has been recorded in the lower left hand corner of the log and capture window.
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*Locate the end of the first clip that you want to log and set your "out" point using the "o" key
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*Confirm that the "out" timecode has been recorded in the lower right hand corner of the log and capture window.
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*Reel: for large projects that require multiple miniDV tapes, number the tapes and match that number here. (ex. Tape Label = MyProject001 then Reel: = 001)
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*Description: for small projects you can sometimes get away with organizing your clips by description only.  One description convention might be Character_Verb_ShotAbbreviation (ex. Dan_Falls_CU, or Jane_Eats_ES).  You can imagine how this could become unmanageable for larger projects so for those provide Scene and Take information for each clip.
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*Scene: This should match your script, shooting script, or shot list.  Use it to organize all clips that belong to that scene. (ex. Scene 1)
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*Take: You may have ten different takes of Dan falling down and this is where you distinguish them. (ex. Take 1)
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*Click the "Log Clip" button. [[Image:Lc4.jpg|thumb|right|Click the "Log Clip" button.]]
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You have successfully logged a clip!
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*Repeat this process until all of the footage on the tape has been logged.
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A clip icon with a red slash through it is added to the browser for each clip that is logged.
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==Capturing==
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*Click on "Batch" and Final Cut will capture all of the clips that have been logged. [[Image:Lc5.jpg|thumb|right|Click the "Batch" button.]]
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If you have problems batch capturing please read the [[Troubleshooting Timecode Errors]] document.
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Once batch capture has finished the red slashes have disappeared from the clip icons in the browser and you have successfully captured a tape.
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*Eject your miniDV tape, make sure it is labeled, and place it in a safe place.  It can be used to automatically reconnect your media in case it gets deleted from the computer.  This is one of the most secure ways to archive your projects without having your media take up precious space on your hard drive.
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*Close the log and capture window. You are ready to edit.

Latest revision as of 16:13, 13 October 2009

Setup

The following instructions explain how to log and capture footage that was recorded onto miniDV tape. This process is sometimes called "digitizing" and is the first step in the editing process.

  • Slide the Rec/Save tab to the "Save" position on the miniDV tape that you are about to capture. This is a safety measure that protects your footage from being recorded over by mistake.
  • Insert the miniDV tape into the MiniDV deck and rewind the tape to the beginning by pressing the rewind button on the MiniDV deck.
  • File -> Log and Capture.
    Open the log and capture window by selecting File -> Log and Capture (Or Command+8).
  • Confirm that Final Cut Pro recognizes the miniDV deck by seeing the "VTR Okay" message underneath the main image window. If Final Cut reports a different message please see the document Troubleshooting Timecode Errors before proceeding.
  • Familiarize yourself with the keyboard transport controls to navigate through your footage.
    • the "J" key is rewind (repeat key presses speed up the rewind)
    • the "L" key is fast forward (repeat key presses speed up the fast forward)
    • the "K" key is stop
    • the "Spacebar" is play/pause
    • the "arrow left" key steps one frame backward
    • the "arrow right" key steps one frame forward

Logging

  • Locate the beginning of the first clip that you want to log using the transport controls above and set your "in" point using the "i" key.
  • Confirm that the "in" timecode has been recorded in the lower left hand corner of the log and capture window.
  • Locate the end of the first clip that you want to log and set your "out" point using the "o" key
  • Confirm that the "out" timecode has been recorded in the lower right hand corner of the log and capture window.
  • Reel: for large projects that require multiple miniDV tapes, number the tapes and match that number here. (ex. Tape Label = MyProject001 then Reel: = 001)
  • Description: for small projects you can sometimes get away with organizing your clips by description only. One description convention might be Character_Verb_ShotAbbreviation (ex. Dan_Falls_CU, or Jane_Eats_ES). You can imagine how this could become unmanageable for larger projects so for those provide Scene and Take information for each clip.
  • Scene: This should match your script, shooting script, or shot list. Use it to organize all clips that belong to that scene. (ex. Scene 1)
  • Take: You may have ten different takes of Dan falling down and this is where you distinguish them. (ex. Take 1)
  • Click the "Log Clip" button.
    Click the "Log Clip" button.

You have successfully logged a clip!

  • Repeat this process until all of the footage on the tape has been logged.

A clip icon with a red slash through it is added to the browser for each clip that is logged.

Capturing

  • Click on "Batch" and Final Cut will capture all of the clips that have been logged.
    Click the "Batch" button.

If you have problems batch capturing please read the Troubleshooting Timecode Errors document. Once batch capture has finished the red slashes have disappeared from the clip icons in the browser and you have successfully captured a tape.

  • Eject your miniDV tape, make sure it is labeled, and place it in a safe place. It can be used to automatically reconnect your media in case it gets deleted from the computer. This is one of the most secure ways to archive your projects without having your media take up precious space on your hard drive.
  • Close the log and capture window. You are ready to edit.
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