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Chapter 2. Welcome to Final Cut Pro > Specifying Capture Settings

Specifying Capture Settings

Capture settings determine the quality at which Final Cut Pro captures video, and you must set your capture preferences before you can capture any media. Your capture settings will determine your clip's native format. Capture preferences specify the capture board you are using, compression method, frame rate, frame size, and audio sampling rate. Final Cut Pro sets capture preferences for you automatically when you install the program, so unless you change your hardware or know the change you want to make, don't feel you need to alter the default settings. One exception to this guideline: You'll want to check the audio settings before you capture to specify which audio channels you want captured, adjust your audio input levels, and specify a sample rate. For more information, see Chapter 3, “Input: Getting Digital with Your Video.”

Tip

  • If you are using a third-party video capture card with your Final Cut Pro system, check the manufacturer's documentation or Web site for the latest information on configuring the product to work smoothly with Final Cut Pro. A custom preset may be available for you to download and install, or you may find details on configuring the capture preset correctly.



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