- plug your DV or Digital8 camera into the computer via FireWire.
- open Final Cut Pro.
- choose Log and Capture from the File menu.
- select the Clip Settings and make sure you are capturing Audio+Video
and the audio format is Stereo. For best results, simply use the DV
NTSC capture and sequence setting presets.
- use the transport controls in the Log and Capture window
to control your camcorder and find the footage you want
- mark the start and end of your sequence by either Clicking the Mark In
(>|) and Mark Out (|<) buttons, or entering specific timecodes (In
Out) in the timecode
fields at the bottom of the window.
- name the clip in the Label box, or select Prompt and it will prompt
- click the "Clip" button to capture the marked clip.
- the clip opens in its own window.
- at this point, you
drag your clip onto the browser
window and start editing. but we won't get into that here. if you edit,
you will have to export a Final Cut Pro movie (which is actually just a
QuickTime movie containing the audio tracks and links to the captured
and rendered DV files) and open it in Media Cleaner Pro. For
faster export, do NOT export a self-contained Final Cut Pro movie.
If you aren't editing and exporting a Final Cut Pro movie, then
save your captured clip somewhere.
quit Final Cut Pro (command-Q).