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==== The following instructions serve a step by step guide to download video from an online source and make compatible for editing in Final Cut Pro<br>  ====

Revision as of 15:08, 8 December 2010

The following instructions serve a step by step guide to download video from an online source and make compatible for editing in Final Cut Pro

With Video Download Helper:

  • Launch Firefox
  • Go to the site hosting the video you wish to download.
  • Allow the video a few seconds to load or begin buffering, then verify that the Video Download Helper icon is animated and in full color. This icon normally appears at the left of your address bar (see picture), though it may appear in numerous places around the browser header.
  • If the VDH icon does not appear anywhere in Firefox, click on Tools -> Add-ons -> Get Add-ons -> Search for 'Video Download Helper,' and click 'Add to Firefox...' The icon should appear immediately.
  • Once your VDH icon is colorful and doing that crazy spinning thing, click the small black arrow directly to its right to see a pull-down menu of available downloadable source files.
  • Note: Online video sites have begun hosting a larger number of their source files as .flv (flash video), which is not compatible with Final Cut Pro. If all downloadable file options are in .flv, continue to the next step in order to convert. However, if there are available .mov or .mp4 files in VDH's pull-down menu, download those and save to your desktop or XSAN for direct placement into an FCP timeline.
  • Click on any .flv file in VDH's pull-down menu to download, or right click and select 'Download.'
  • Note: For whatever reason, the option to "Download and Convert" does not work, so don't be tempted to try it and waste your time.
  • Note #2: If your video begins with an embedded video ad, make sure that the .flv file you download has an appropriate size and name for the video you are grabbing. Small video files with strange names (see photo) are usually just the video for the ad.

If an ad file is the only video available, try finding your video on a different site without ads, or capture your video using Snapz Pro.

A .flv file for a Honda Accord ad.
  • Launch Final Cut Pro.
  • Save your project by selecting File -> Save Project As ->
  • Input "ProjectName" and choose "Xsan_Media/CourseName/YourName" for your save destination. Choose Save.
  • Choose an Easy Setup by selecting Final Cut Pro -> Easy Setup ->
Final Cut Pro -> Easy Setup
  • Choose the Easy Setup based on the camera that was used to record the media being edited.

Panasonic PV-GS500


Pansonic DVX-100

DV-NTSC 24p (23.98) - if you shot on F5 Mode or

DV-NTSC 24p (23.98) Advanced Pulldown Removal - if you shot on F6 Mode

Sony V1U

Apple ProRes 422

Sony EX1

XDCAM EX 1080p24 if you shot on HQ 1080/24P or

XDCAM EX 1080i60 if you shot on HQ 1080/60i

Easy Setup -> Choose "DV NTSC"
  • Delete "Sequence 1" from the Browser. Choose File->New->Sequence. This creates a brand new sequence based on the Easy Setup that you chose in the step before this.
Final Cut Pro -> New -> Sequence
  • Select Final Cut Pro -> System Settings -> to set the scratch disk where captured media will be saved.
Final Cut Pro -> System Settings
  • Select the "Set" button -> and choose "Xsan_Media/CourseName/YourName/YourProject".
Click on the top "Set" button
Choose "Xsan_Media/CourseName/YourName".
  • Set the AutoSave location by selecting "Set" and choose "Workspace/YourName/YourProject". Setting this location to the local "Workspace" drive ensures that you will always have a backup available if anything happens to the Xsan.
  • Select OK to save the settings.


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