Cal State LA Studios - Final Cut Tutorial Pt. 1






 

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Pt.
1:

Scratch
Disk & Start Up

Pt.
2:

Log
and Capture

Pt.
3:

Importing
Audio & Other Files

Pt.
4:

Editing

Pt.
5:

Print
to Video (Output to Tape)

Final
Cut Pro

Gatlin's
TVF 200 Walkthrough

PART 1:

SCRATCH
DISK AND START UP


External
Hard Drive - Also known as "SCRATCH DISK"


Connect your external Firewire or USB
2.0 hard drive before starting up Final Cut Pro to edit.

  • Connect your power supply to your hard drive and plug it
    in to the powerstrip on the desk.

  • Connect
    your hard drive to the computer using the supplied Firewire
    cable -OR using your own cable. G5s/Mac Pros - Connections
    are on the front of the computer near the power button.
    G4s have a firewire cable attached to the desk near the
    keyboard. iMacs connect on the back of the monitor. (*NOTE
    G4 computers cannot use USB 2.0 drives!)

Mac G5/Mac Pro
Firewire
AND USB 2.0 connections on front of computer near power
button.
FIREWIRE
AND USB 2.0 DRIVES OK!

 


If your Hard
Drive is connected properly, its icon will appear on
the desktop.


 

Next, click
on the Final Cut Pro icon in the "Dock" (the dock may
be positioned on the left, right, or bottom of the screen -
it may also be hidden, so if you don't see it, move your
mouse cursor around near the edges of the screen).

 

If the Final Cut
Pro icon cannot be found in the dock, double click the main
computer icon ("Pacino HD" in this example) then open the
applications folder, and double click the Final Cut Pro icon
from there.


When Final
Cut Pro starts up, you may see a registration window appear,
if so, click "Register Later" to make this window go away.

 

Another window
that should pop up during the start up is the "Choose
Setup"
window. At the bottom of this window there is a box to
select your SCRATCH DISK.  IMPORTANT - SET THE "PRIMARY
SCRATCH DISK" BOX TO YOUR EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE'S NAME,
THEN CLICK THE
"OK" BUTTON

Failure to set
the scratch disk to your external hard drive will result in
files being stored in incorrect locations and deleted.
THIS CANNOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH


Next, a window
MAY pop up that is titled "External A/V"

This window appears if Final Cut Pro is unable to find
or communicate with the Mini-DV VTR (Video Tape Recorder,
or "deck"). Make sure the VTR is plugged in, turned on,
and has no
loose
connections, then click the "Check Again" button
in the bottom of the window.

If the window
re-appears, check the cable connections on the back of
the VTR to make
sure they are not loose, missing, or connected improperly.




Hopefully, everything has gone well so far, and Final Cut Pro starts up. The
Final Cut Pro window layout includes 4 large windows ("Browser", "Viewer",
"Canvas", and "Timeline" ), and 2 small, narrow windows ("Tools" and "Audio
Meters").


 

 

Before you
continue any further, you should save your project (frequent
saving is a good habit to get into).

 

Using the "File"
pull-down menu at the top of the screen, select the "Save
Project" command.

 

 

 

 

 

 


When the
"Save" window pops up, give your project a unique filename
(perhaps using your own name or initials) and make sure
you are saving the project to your EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE.

 

Saving your project
to your EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE does not happen automatically
when you first set your SCRATCH DISK settings. This is a separate
operation, but is only required the very first time you
save each new project.


At this point
you are ready to get your footage from the Mini-DV tape
into the computer, using the "LOG AND CAPTURE" command

 

Continue
on to "Part 2: Log and Capture"


using
the link below....

   

Pt.
1:

Scratch
Disk & Start Up

Pt.
2:

Log
and Capture

Pt.
3:

Importing
Audio & Other Files

Pt.
4:

Editing

Pt.
5:

Print
to Video (Output to Tape)



 



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