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Chapter 11. At Last: Creating Final Output > Recording Timeline Playback

Recording Timeline Playback

If you are receiving Final Cut Pro's output in your video deck or camcorder, you don't need to use Print to Video or Edit to Tape to record your FCP sequence to tape. Print to Video and Edit to Tape provide mastering options (Color Bars, Slate, and so on). Edit to Tape also allows you to start your recording at a specified timecode location. Otherwise, recording Timeline playback directly provides exactly the same output quality, and you may find it more convenient.

To record Timeline playback onto tape:

1.
Cue your videotape to the point where you want to start recording.

2.
Cue your sequence in the Timeline (Figure 11.5) and select the render quality you want to use for the recording.

Figure 11.5. Cue your sequence in the Timeline and then select a render quality from the Timeline's Render Quality pop-up menu.


3.
Render any unrendered sections of your sequence. Unrendered material will appear as blue unrendered graphics when you record Timeline playback to tape.

4.
Start recording on your video deck.

5.
Choose Mark > Play and then select a play option from the submenu (Figure 11.6).

Figure 11.6. Choose Mark > Play and then select a play option from the submenu. In to Out plays only the portion of your sequence between the In and Out points.


Final Cut Pro plays the contents of the Timeline as you specified and then holds on the final Timeline frame marked for playback. A freeze frame is recorded on your tape until you stop recording.

6.
Stop recording on your deck when Timeline playback is done.


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