Putting Online Video into FCP

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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

How to grab video with Video Download Helper

1) Open your web browser and find the video you wish to grab

2) As soon as the video is on the screen, verify that the Video Download Helper icon is in full color and doing that crazy spinning thing.

  • Turn on the power to the computer if it is not already on.
  • Turn on the power to the miniDV deck if it is not already on.
  • Turn on the power to the NTSC Monitor if it is not already on.
  • Verify that the Headphone Amp is on by checking the green LED light on the front of the amp.
  • Log in using your middlebury username and password.
  • 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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