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Using Audio/Video Presets

A preset is a group of saved settings that are automatically applied any time you create a new project or sequence. The beauty of a preset is that you can configure all your settings correctly with a single selection because these settings have already been tested with your video hardware and format.

In the Audio/Video Settings window, the Summary tab ( Figure 3.11 ) displays the currently selected preset for each setting—Sequence, Capture, and Device Control, plus your Video and Audio Playback settings—that makes up your current Easy Setup. If you need to modify your current Audio/Video preset settings, you can select a different preset from the pop-up menus on the Summary tab, or you can open the tab for the setting you need to modify and specify custom settings. Try to use the stock presets before you start tinkering with your settings. This section will explain how to choose, edit, and delete an existing preset and how to create a new preset. For detailed information on your settings options for the different types of Audio/Video presets, see "Specifying Sequence Settings," "Specifying Capture Settings," "Specifying Device Control Settings," and "Using Video and Audio Playback Settings," later in this chapter.


Figure 3.11 The Summary tab of the Audio/Video Settings window.

To switch to a different preset in your current Easy Setup

  1. Choose Final Cut Pro HD > Audio/Video Settings.
  2. On the Summary tab, choose a different preset from one of the pop-up menus ( Figure 3.12 ); then click OK.

    Figure 3.12 You can modify your Easy Setup by switching to a different preset on the Summary tab of the Audio/Video Settings window.

    If your newly selected preset configuration doesn't match an existing Easy Setup, Final Cut Pro switches your Easy Setup designation to Custom Setup and summarizes your new settings in the Easy Setup window ( Figure 3.13 ). If your new settings match an existing Easy Setup, FCP switches to that Easy Setup.

    Figure 3.13 Your Easy Setup designation switches to Custom, and your new settings are summarized in the Easy Setup window.

To view settings for a preset

  1. Choose Final Cut Pro HD > Audio/Video Settings.
  2. In the Audio/Video Settings window, click the tab for the preset settings you want to view.
  3. On the tab for your preset, click the preset's name in the list ( Figure 3.14 ).

    Figure 3.14 Click the preset's name to view its settings in the Summary box on the right side of the preset tab. Careful: If you click in the leftmost column of the Presets box, you'll switch the default preset.

    The Summary box lists the properties of the selected preset. The default preset is indicated by a checkmark in the left column of the Presets box.
  4. When you're done, click OK to close the Audio/Video Settings window.

To edit an existing preset

  1. Choose Final Cut Pro HD > Audio/Video Settings.
  2. In the Audio/Video Settings window, click the tab for preset type you want to edit ( Figure 3.15 ).

    Figure 3.15 In the Audio/Video Settings window, click the tab for the type of preset you want to edit.

  3. On the preset tab, click the preset you want to edit; then do one of the following:
    • Click Duplicate to open an editable copy of this preset in the Preset Editor. This is the only way to edit Final Cut Pro's presets, which are locked by default.
    • Click Edit to modify an existing unlocked preset.
    The Preset Editor window appears, with settings for the selected preset displayed.
  4. In the window, enter a new name and description for your preset; modify its settings ( Figure 3.16 ); then click OK.

    Figure 3.16 Enter a new name and description for your preset; then modify its settings.

    The modified preset becomes the currently selected preset, appearing in the appropriate Summary tab pop-up menu ( Figure 3.17 ).

    Figure 3.17 The modified preset becomes the currently selected preset and appears on the appropriate Summary tab pop-up menu.

  5. When you've finished making changes in the Audio/Video Settings window, click OK to save your changes.

To create a new preset

  • There is no way to create a new preset entirely from scratch. Duplicate and then edit the preset whose settings are closest to the custom preset you require.

To delete a preset

  1. In the Audio/Video Settings window, click the tab for the type of preset you want to delete.
  2. On that tab's list of presets, click the preset you want to delete; then click Delete ( Figure 3.18 ).

    Figure 3.18 Select the preset you want to delete; then click Delete.

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