Sight and Sound I

SSI Equipment

Video Cameras

Panasonic PV-GS500

Mini DV Tapes

Are available in the bookstore with the FMMC course texts.  Use only the Panasonic Cassettes.  

Audio Recorders

Microtrack II


Manfrotto 3126/3001BN

Lighting Equipment

Practical Lighting Kit

Lowel Pro-Light

Lowel Omni-Light


Directional Microphones

Sennheiser ME66/K6

Cardioid Microphones

Electro-Voice RE16

Omnidirectional Microphones

Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B

Electro-Voice 635N/D-B

Audio Accessories

Sony MDR-V6 Headphones

Beachtek DXA-4 Adaptor

XLR-Pro Adaptor

SS1 Facilities

FMMC Multimedia Lab

SS1 Editing Workflows

The Multimedia Lab (Axinn 011) has been designated as the primary editing space for Sight and Sound I. There are six workstations available that each include a Mac Pro Tower, LCD Display, NTSC Monitor, MiniDV Deck, and a Headphone Amp. If all six workstations are in use please use the Viewing Room (Axinn 016) as overflow.


Power on the computer if it is not already on. Power on the miniDV deck and the NTSC Monitor. Login using your middlebury username and password. Launch Final Cut Pro. Save your project by going to File -> Save Project As -> Chose a name and for the location choose "Xsan_Media/Sight and Sound I/YourName". Click Save. Select and Easy Setup by going to Final Cut Pro -> Easy Setup -> Choose "DV NTSC".

Final Cut Pro -> Easy Setup
Easy Setup -> Choose "DV NTSC"

Set your scratch disk by going to Final Cut Pro -> System Settings -> Click on the top "Set" button -> Choose "Xsan_Media/Sight and Sound I/YourName".

Final Cut Pro -> System Settings
Click on the top "Set" button
Choose "Xsan_Media/Sight and Sound I/YourName".

Logging and Capturing

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.

File -> Log and Capture.

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.

Click the "Log Clip" button.

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.

Click the "Batch" button.

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.

Getting Clips from the Browser to the Timeline

Double clicking any clip in the Browser will open it in the Viewer. In the Viewer you can fine tune in and out points by pressing "i" and "o". Click and drag the image from the Viewer to the Canvas and an overlay window shows up. "Insert" and "Overlay are the two choices that you will be using primarily. Insert places the media that is in between your designated in and out points into the timeline beginning where the yellow playhead is and it pushes anything that is in the way to the right. Overwrite does the same thing except that it overwrites any media that is in the way.

The Viewer is associated with the active clip (whichever one has been double clicked) and the Canvas is associated with the timeline and more specifically with wherever the timeline playhead is.

Importing Sound Clips from Microtrack II Recorder to Final Cut Pro

Once you have recorded the sound clips that you would like to add to your project, follow these steps to bring them into Final Cut Pro.

Begin by powering on the Microtrack II recorder. Then connect the recorder to the MacPro tower via the supplied USB cable. From the Main Menu of the Microtrack II recorder scroll down to 'System' using the [NAV] wheel. Then select 'System' by pressing in on the [NAV] wheel. Once the system menu appears, press in on the [NAV] wheel once again to select 'Connect to PC'.

Once the Microtrack II is connected this icon should appear:


Before bringing the sound clips into Final Cut Pro, you must copy the files from the Microtrack II recorder to your folder on the Xsan Media server. To do this, first create a folder within your project folder and title it 'Sound'.


Anytime that you want to view or work with your project outside of Final Cut Pro you will need to export it. This could be to save a final version of your movie, to show your progress in class, to create a file to publish to the web, etc. The first step is to make sure that everything in the timeline is rendered. Choose Sequence -> Render All -> Both.

Choose Sequence -> Render All
Choose Sequence -> Render All -> Both.

Next Choose File -> Export -> Quicktime Movie.

Choose File -> Export
Export -> Quicktime Movie.

Name your movie and save it in the following location Xsan_Media/S09_Sight and Sound I/"Yourname".

Save your file.

This file will default to open in Final Cut Pro, but if you right click on the file you can choose "Open With" and choose Quicktime. To make Quicktime the default application to open this file you can highlight the file and choose File -> Get Info. Under the "Open With" dropdown button choose Quicktime.

Options for Media Storage


To log in from a PC: Tools (dropdown menu) -> Map Network Drive \\muskrat\fmmc0105a

To log in from a Mac:

Go -> Connect to Server


External Links

FMMC Equipment

FMMC Production Facilities

FMMC Technology Support

Sight and Sound Segue Site

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