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Using Video and Audio Playback Settings

External Video and Audio Playback settings specify how Final Cut Pro feeds video and audio to your external video and audio hardware, which in turn feeds your external video monitors and audio speakers. If you're using a single external deck or camcorder for both audio and video output, you don't need to configure separate Audio Playback settings; FCP's default settings will automatically configure compatible Audio Playback settings to match your selected video device. Because FCP 4 now supports output of multiple audio channels, you can use qualified audio hardware for separate audio capture and output. If you do, you must configure video and audio output settings separately.

You control Final Cut Pro's external video settings in three locations:

  • The Video Playback pop-up menu on the Summary tab of the Audio/Video Settings window displays the external video setting for your current Easy Setup. You can use the pop-up menu on the Summary tab to select a different setting. FCP will use this setting to route video output for both playing and recording. This menu is context sensitive; you will see only the options that your currently connected hardware will support.
  • The A/V Devices tab of the Audio/Video Settings window offers the complete array of external video settings. You can select one output destination for playing your video output and a different output routing for recording video output.
  • The View > External Video menu selection is the third control point for external video output. You can use this control to turn off FCP's external video output or to control display of rendered frames on external video monitors. To learn more about choreographing FCP's external video settings, see "FCP Protocol: Controlling External Video Output" in Chapter 2.

To select a Video Playback setting from the Audio/Video Settings Summary tab

  1. Choose Edit > Audio/Video Settings.
  2. From the options in the Video Playback pop-up menu on the Summary tab ( Figure 3.33 ), choose one of the following; then click OK:
    • None: Choose this option to turn off external video output.
    • Apple FireWire NTSC: Choose this option to send the contents of the Canvas or Viewer to the connected NTSC FireWire device.
    • Apple FireWire PAL: Choose this option to send the contents of the Canvas or Viewer to the connected PAL FireWire device.
    • Other video capture interface: If you are using FCP with a third-party capture system, it will appear as an option in this menu. Choose this option to send FCP's video output to your capture system.
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    Figure 3.33 Select Video and Audio Playback settings from the pop-up menu on the Audio/Video Settings Summary tab.

To select an Audio Playback setting from the Audio/Video Settings Summary tab

  1. Choose Edit > Audio/Video Settings.
  2. From the options in the Audio Playback pop-up menu on the Summary tab, choose one of the following; then click OK:
    • Built-in audio controller: Choose this option to route audio output to your computer's built-in audio interface. This is the default setting if FCP cannot detect an external DV camcorder or deck, a compatible video capture card with audio outputs, or other compatible audio hardware.
    • FireWire DV: If FCP detects an external DV camcorder or deck, the combined audio and video output is routed to the device via FireWire, and Fire Wire DV becomes the default option.
    • Other audio hardware: If you are using FCP with a third-party capture system or audio hardware, it will appear as an option in this menu.
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