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Printing to Video

The Print to Video command is the correct choice when you want to make a videotape copy of a Final Cut Pro sequence or clip that includes pre-program elements, such as color bars, slate, and countdown. Print to Video is also your best choice if you want to loop playback and print multiple passes of your sequence on the same tape. If you have a controllable deck or camcorder, you can set up your device control preset so that FCP controls your deck during a Print to Video operation, but you don't need a deck that supports device control to use Print to Video. For information on hardware setup, see Chapter 1, “Before You Begin.”

Print to Video: Rendering Tips

  • The quality of the render settings you specify before you use Print to Video is reflected in the quality and size of the playback window you see on your computer screen and on your videotape copy. In other words, what you see is what you get.

  • If you have multiple layers of sub-sequences in your sequence, (sub-sequences within sub-sequences inside the master sequence), it's a good idea to render things in the nested items at the lowest root, or sub-sequence, level first—at least for the very first render. Subsequent adjustments and re-renders can be processed at the parent level, and Final Cut Pro will more reliably find all the nested sub-sequence material that requires re-rendering.

  • The pre-program elements discussed in the section “Print to Video settings checklist” must be rendered before you can print to video.

  • If you use the same pre-program sequence frequently, you might want to use the Print to Video function to assemble your color bars, leader, slate, and countdown in advance. After your pre-program sequence has been rendered, print it to video and then capture it as a clip. You can drop your prepared pre-program clip into sequences before you print, speeding up the final output process.



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