IMPORTING VIDEO INTO FINAL CUT PRO!
There are a few kinds of video media that you can import into FCP:
- SD Card (with the HD Cameras)
- Files Recorded on a DTE Recorder
- DV Tape
- Random video media taken off of the web or a DVD
- Video files already digitized
SD Cards: To do this, you'll want to have a card reader, which you can check out from the ER. Plug it in via USB to the computer before opening Final Cut Pro.
Once you open the program, SET THE SCRATCH DISK!! go to the Final Cut Pro menu and scroll down to System Settings. Set yr Capture Scratch, Waveform Cache, Thumbnail Cache, and Autosave Vault to a folder either on the Network Drive or on your own personal hard drive.
Then go to the File menu and scroll down to Log and Transfer. If the computer recognizes the card and sees the files, you should see a list of files in the window. They will be named "Clip #1," "Clip #2," etc. You should click on the name of the file and rename it to label the clip. Once you've renamed them, select all, and click and drag them down to the window below. Then click the "Automatic Transfer" button. Final Cut Pro will put these files both in your project file and in the Capture Scratch folder that you set when you opened FCP.
Once the files are in the program, you can start working with them! Before you actually drag your clips down into the sequence, you should follow the guides below to set your sequences to the right settings. Go to the Sequence icon in the project, CTRL-click on it, and then select "Settings..." Depending on what you shot the clips at, you should set the Sequence Settings accordingly. Check the images below as a reference.