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Import From a Camera (Tape-Based)

Final Cut Pro provides support for importing via FireWire for a variety of formats. For a list of compatible cameras, you can refer to http://help.apple.com/finalcutpro/cameras.

Create an Archive from Tape

Creating a camera archive from tape-based media allows you to access the media as if it had originated on tapeless media. Import occurs quickly both in the present and in any future uses of the archive.

1 Connect the supported tape-based camera or deck to your computer via FireWire, and set the device to the VTR/VCR mode.

2 Choose Import from Camera. The supported camera or deck appears in the Cameras section of the Camera Import window.

3 With the tape inserted in the device, select the device under Cameras and then click Create Archive.

4 Name the camera archive and select a destination volume. Click OK.

Final Cut Pro will create a Final Cut Camera Archives folder at the root level of the selected volume, if necessary, to store the archive. The device begins playback.

5 The archiving stops when the end of the tape is reached or when you click Stop Import.

When finished, the archive and any other camera archives available on a connected volume are listed by volume in the Camera Archives list.

6 Import the media into an Event using the instructions in the “Import from a Camera Archive” section earlier in this chapter.

Tape-Based and Live Import

If you do not create a camera archive of your tape, or you want to import a live feed, follow these steps to record a stream of video to an Event. The stream can originate from tape playback or live feed from a FireWire-connected camera. Another option is to record from the computer’s built-in FaceTime or iSight camera.

1 Connect the supported tape-based camera or deck to your computer via FireWire, and set the device to the VTR/VCR mode.

2 Choose Import from Camera. The supported camera or deck appears in the Cameras section of the Camera Import window.

3 If importing from tape, use the transport controls (J, K, L keyboard shortcuts) to cue the tape to the start of the desired media.

4 Click Import and then set the import options in the window (tape playback will pause).

5 Click Import. Refer to “File-Based Import” for import options such as media analysis.

6 After the end of the desired media plays, click Stop Import or press the Escape key.

7 If additional media is needed, repeat from step 3; otherwise, click Close.

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