Useful Information for Video



Ok, first thing to get right when using final cut pro is the concept of where to put your files, for the purpoposes of this blog we are going to assume that you are working from an external had drive well call this EH (also on a side note if you haven't bought a EH yet than you should check that the drive you purchase is made to be running video editing programs with its video, some drives are not made for this and can cause you problems). So plug in your EH into the desk top, through the fire wire port on the front of the computer, and wait for it to show up on your desk top. Open final cut pro. Once Final Cut Pro is open than go to the system settings, which drops down from the Final Cut Pro HD menu. In System Settings you wan to choose scratch disks and then set.

When you’ve hit set a new window is going to pop up select your EH (external Hardrive) from the files on the left of the box and then click the New Folder option. Name this folder on you EH the name of your Video project, (this folder is where EVERYTHING that is a part of that project is going to go, all of your images music graphics Photoshop documents aftereffects video everything, this is best for your computer and your sanity.

SO inside this folder you'll want to set the scratch disks for video and audio as well as waveform cache Thumbnails and auto save vault.

After you’ve done all this than you’ll want to go to file save as and create a new Final Cut Pro project that you will save inside your newly created folder, you may want to give this the same name as your folder.


OK here are some tips on making your first log and capture off your miniDV cassette successful. The first thing you ‘all want to is make sure that the deck in the grad-lab or deck in which ever room your in is set to line out, choose long and capture from the File menu in FCP and then choose Log and Capture. Hit the small triangle at the bottom of the log and capture window that indicates play and you should see and here your video on the screen. The simplest way begin capturing video immediately is to as you video is playing at a part you like (obviously a little before the part that you want to actually use) hit capture NOW. This will begin to capture video until you hit escape.


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These are pod-casts that answer questions about FCP


Here are two pages MICAS own video department have written up about importing from the firestore into Final Cut Pro as well as some general info about the fire store and a link to the Creative cow forum discussing the Fire store.


So when you ready to export your video and burn a sleek DVD, you want to go to FILE > export using compressor. Once in compressor you’ll want to make sure that you select your sequence in the top left hand corner of the compressor preview window. This window will usually open with something that says sample movie, and once you’ve chosen your film then the color bars will change to an image from your film or black if you have black at the head of your piece. In the Batch monitor near the bottom of the screen under source media you should see the name of your project. Next to that is the setting section that has a small box with two arrows pointing up and down click on that box.

For a film that’s less than 90 min you’ll want to choose best quality DVD 90 min and then (depending on what aspect ration our video is in) 16:9 or 4:3. And then select ALL. Later you’ll want top select theDolby sound track in the batch box and delete it.

So you’ve deleted the Dolby sound track and all that’s left to do now is to assign where you want to save the files (this is why those yellow warning signs are there) so in destination choose your hard drive and that’s it! Soon you should have a file ready for DVD studio pro.


All right this is the basics of what you are going to need to know in order to burn a DVD in DVD studio pro. First open DVD studio pro and in the window drop down choose configurations> advanced. With the mouse click on the assets tab in the left hand corner and select import. You going to find those files you just compressed and then select them. Once there in DVD studio pro, drag them into the time line (this looks about the same as the timeline in final cut), make sure to select both of them at the same time (you can hold shift to do this). Next click in the graphical section in the upper left hand corner and while that are is selected, delete the menu box, and then in the disk menu in the lower right hand corner set first play> track 1> chapter 1. Then activate the time line while clicking in the grey area, then go to the lower right hand box (now it says track at the top and select end jump> track 1 > chapter1. at the top of the main project box click simulate and watch your DVD automatically play and loop. if you like it close the simulator click BURN, and call the Whitney.


So here is a quick hint for a way to quickly animate stills that you’ve just imported from your camera or drawings from a scanner or what ever it is you have. The only thing is that you have to make sure that your still image files are numbered sequence as in img001, Img002, img003, ect ( most digital cameras will do this for you automatically and you in my opinion should also go into the setting of your camera and change it so that the number are always going up, so that they don’t reset them selves back to one ever time you reset your memory card).

Import the stills in a folder, then launch quicktime. You want to go to file "open file" then set a frame rate, quick time will assemble the images into a sequence that you can then export as a quick time movie.