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Lesson 9. Capturing Footage > Opening and Sizing the Capture Window

Opening and Sizing the Capture Window

All capturing is done in the Log And Capture window in Final Cut Pro. The Log And Capture window has two main areas: the preview area on the left, where you screen and mark your source tape, and the Logging area on the right, where you log information about your clips and make selections about where and how you will capture footage.

1.
Choose File > Log And Capture, or press Cmd-8.

Note

If you are capturing HDV format, you will see a slightly different Log And Capture window.

Note

If you see the following message appear, it means your playback source device is not properly connected to your computer's FireWire port. When you click OK, the Log And Capture window will open but you will only be able to simply log clips or use a non-controllable device. If you want to capture from a FireWire device, close the Log And Capture window, turn on the capture device, then reopen the Log And Capture window.

The preview area of the Log And Capture window defaults to the size of the Canvas window. To change the size of the Log And Capture window, you must first change the size of the Canvas window, or the Viewer and Canvas windows together. (You need to do this while the Log And Capture window is closed.)

2.
Close the Log And Capture window by clicking its Close button in the upper left of the window.

3.
To make the Log And Capture window larger, first choose Window > Arrange > Two Up to enlarge the size of the Viewer and Canvas together.

4.
Choose File > Log And Capture to reopen the window again.

A much larger Log And Capture window is displayed.


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