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Lesson 9. Capturing Footage > Setting a Log Bin

Setting a Log Bin

When you capture a clip, Final Cut Pro needs to know where to place the new clip icons. The actual media files will be saved to your hard drive, but the clip icon linking you to that media will be saved to the current project in the Browser. If you want to move quickly, you can capture all your clips into the project tab area in the Browser and organize them later. If you want to organize as you capture, you can create a new bin for each category, such as reel/tape number or type of footage. In either case, Final Cut Pro needs to know where to place the clip icons. This destination is called the log bin. You can have only one log bin active at any given time, no matter how many projects you have open.

1.
Position the Browser so you can see both the Capture and Browser windows at the same time while doing these steps.

In the Logging tab of the Log And Capture window, the project name, Lesson 9 Project, appears on the long, oval Log Bin button.

In the Browser window at the far left of the Name column heading, a slate icon appears, indicating that this project is the current logging bin.

At this point, you can capture all your clips into your project and organize the clips into bins after you've captured them. However, if you want to explore the other option of capturing to a new bin, continue with the following steps.

2.
On the far right of the Log Bin button, click the New Bin button.

When you click this button, a new bin is created in the current project with the default name, Bin 1. The slate icon now appears next to this bin in the Browser to identify it as the target location for your new clips.

3.
In the Logging tab, click the large Log Bin button with the new bin name on it.

The new bin opens as a separate window, which allows you to view just the new clips you are capturing without mixing them up with other clips already in your project.

4.
Close this window by clicking its Close button.

5.
In the Logging tab, click the Up button.

This takes the Log Bin destination up to a higher level, in this case back to the project level.

6.
In the Browser, rename the new bin Test Capture.

The slate icon is now attached to the project, not to the Test Capture bin. However, you can assign the slate to the new bin.

7.
To assign the Test Capture bin as the log bin, select it in the Browser, and choose File > Set Logging Bin.

The slate icon now appears to the left of the Test Capture bin.


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