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Capturing Now

A second way to capture is to use the Capture Now option. You can still enter log information, but you cannot enter timecode In and Out points or markers. You can use this option to capture any format, or to capture material shot in the HDV format. You also use this capture option when you do not have FireWire control over a source device, such as a nondigital camera, that must be played through a digital converter box.

Enter the next clip name and reel number in the Logging fields.


Make sure you name the clip before you start the Capture Now process. If you don't, Final Cut Pro will give the clip a default name, and changing that default could make it difficult to link back to the media file.

Cue the source tape about 10 seconds before the action begins in the footage you would like to capture.

Play the tape from that point.

Click the Capture Now button.


This is a less exact method than the Capture Clip option, so make sure you give yourself adequate pad before and after the action you want to capture.

Press the Esc (Escape) key when you want to stop capturing.


If you are capturing HDV footage, the sync between the audio and video may appear to be off. This is only how it appears during the capture process. It will capture in sync.

To automatically limit the amount of time you can capture in one stretch, click the Capture Settings tab and then the Scratch Disks button.

On the bottom of this tab is an option to limit the Capture Now process to a specified amount of time. When active, the default amount of time for Limit Capture Now is 30 minutes. To activate this option, click the check box and enter an amount of capture time. Click OK.


When using Capture Now, you can easily capture long pieces of material without realizing how large a file you are creating. Remember that about 5 minutes of DV or HDV media will consume about 1 GB of hard-drive space.

Another helpful option when using the Capture Clip or the Capture Now approach is to apply DV Start/Stop Detect to the captured clip. This function will place a marker at whatever point the original recording stopped and started—for example, when you paused and unpaused the Record button on your camera. This allows you to capture a long clip and then make subclips of it after capturing.

To apply DV Start/Stop Detect, follow these steps:

  • Capture the clip, and open it in the Viewer.

  • Choose Mark > DV Start/Stop Detect.

    Markers will appear on the clip wherever the original tape was stopped and started during recording.

  • In the Browser, select a marker, and choose Modify > Make Subclip. A new subclip is created from the location of this marker to the next marker.



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