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Speed Logging

I've already described a number of things that Final Cut Pro does automatically to assist you in naming the clips you're logging, but it gets even better. Check this out:

If you log a clip by pressing without setting an Out point, Final Cut Pro simply sets the Out point at the exact moment you press the key. And whenever you log a clip, Final Cut Pro resets the In point for the next clip immediately following the Out point for the clip you just logged.

These two features make it possible for you to log clips with a single keystroke.

Here's how:

1.
Insert a tape, and enter a reel number and name for the first clip.

2.
Set your first In point at the beginning of the first shot, and let the tape roll.

3.
When you get to the point where you'd like to end the first clip, instead of setting an Out point, simply hit . That sets the Out point and logs the clip.

4.
Final Cut Pro automatically increments the clip name, resets the In point, and the tape continues to play. At the next scene break, simply hit again.

5.
Continue this process until you reach the end of the tape.

If the takes are long enough, you should even have time to enter comments in the Log Note field, change the clip name, and so on. When we developed this method of one-key logging, we informally dubbed it “speed logging.” It's a bit too complicated to explain on a marketing sheet, but it's a great feature for the serious user to know about, as it can save you lots of time.

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