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Specifying Effects-Handling Preferences

If you're fortunate enough to be running a Final Cut Pro system enhanced with high-tech capture or effects-handling hardware cards, you can make use of the Effect Handling tab's options to assign effects handling to your hardware. For Final Cut Pro systems without additional hardware, real-time effects handling for all codecs listed on this tab will be assigned to Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro is the default setting.

To specify real-time Effect-Handling preferences

  1. Choose Final Cut Pro HD > System Settings.
  2. Click the Effect Handling tab.
  3. To modify any of the default settings listed on the tab ( Figure 3.46 ), choose one of the following options from the pop-up menu for the codec you want to reassign; then click OK:
    • None: Disables real-time effects handling for the selected codec.
    • Final Cut Pro: This setting, the default for all codecs listed on this tab, uses FCP to process any real-time effects.
    • Other hardware: If your FCP system includes third-party hardware capable of real-time effects processing, the hardware appears in the pop-up menu of all the codecs it supports and can be selected as a real-time effects handler.

    Figure 3.46 The Effect Handling tab of the System Settings window.

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