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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #40

Recapturing a logging mistake By Stephen Schleicher

And so we come to the big 40.  What better way to celebrate than with a Final Cut Pro Quick Tip that is easy as pie.

As the Final Cut Pro Quick Tip collection continues to grow, I receive more e-mail requests for help from readers on a variety of Final Cut Pro topics.  One of the pleas for help that has popped up several times is in regards to what to do when you accidentally log and capture your footage, but forgot to tell Final Cut Pro to capture the audio portion of the clip as well.  Ive made this same mistake before, and upon discover loudly proclaim, ?Doh!

The problem of forgetting to capture audio is definitely one that falls in the Operator Error category.  How does the problem occur?  It makes no sense to capture audio for a clip that contains no audio at all (MOS).  You are just taking up unnecessary space on your hard drive.  I realize in this day of Terabyte storage, that an audio track of nothing may not seem like much, but it will add up over time.  Plus having to turn on and off the audio tracks in the Timeline can be a hassle when you are trying to edit quickly.

Telling Final Cut Pro to capture only Video or only Audio (or a select audio track) is done in the Log and Capture window under the Clip Settings tab.

During the logging euphoria, we may forget to turn back on Video+Audio when we actually need to capture audio.  This results in a Bin full of video only clips.

Instead of deleting everything in the Bin, and starting over from scratch, follow these steps.

Step 1:  Select all of the offending clips in the Bin (those that should have included audio).

Step 2:  Control+Click or use the Right Mouse button and select ?Make Media Offline from the menu.   When you select Make Media Offline, a pop up window will appear asking you what to do with the original media.  Select ?Delete Them from the Disk.

Note:  Alternatively, if you have set up your file/capture structure correctly, and named your clips during the logging process, you could also go into the Capture Scratch folder and delete the files from there directly.

You should now see the familiar Clip Offline icons in your Bin.

Step 3:  With these offending clips still selected, Control+Click (or Right Click with your two button mouse) in the Track column and select 1V, 2A.

This will change the offline clips from only capturing Video to capturing both Audio and Video.

Step 4:  The only thing left to do is to Batch Capture the offline clips.  This can be done by going to File>Batch Capture, Opening the Log and Capture Window and selecting Batch, or by using a favorite keyboard shortcut of mine Control+C.

Follow the prompts, insert the correct tape, and your problem is solved.  Well, sort of, you still have to wait while your media is recaptured, but it sure beats the heck out of having to relog your entire tape.

For a complete list of all of my Final Cut Pro Quick Tips visit my website at www.mindspring.com/~schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at [email protected]

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