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Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #51

Making the most of HDV Scene Detect By Stephen Schleicher

One of the neat features in Final Cut Pro 4.5 is the DV Start/Stop Detect.  With this function, FCP quickly makes Subclips based on when you pressed the start/stop button on your camera.  In Final Cut Pro 5, this feature is automatic with HDV footage.  While this may upset some, you can actually use it to your advantage.  This Final Cut Pro Quick Tip shows you how.

DV Start/Stop Detect works by detecting the time breaks recorded on the tape by the cameras internal clock.  For example, if you are shooting Shot 1 and stop recording at 11:30 AM, and then begin recording Shot 2 at 11:31 AM, Final Cut Pro detects this break and can then assign a marker to these points that can then easily be turned into Subclips.

For a recap on DV Start/Stop Detect be sure to check out Final Cut Pro Quick Tip #34.

When capturing HDV, scene detection is always enabled.  Instead of creating a marker and Subclip, whenever Final Cut Pro 5 detects a scene break in HDV footage it creates a brand new clip with a numeric extension.

I have seen complaints that this messes up users log and capture process and creates unnecessary clips in the editors bin.  You can turn this off (as Ill show in a moment), but you may want to make the most of this feature.

It is wheat harvest time in Kansas, and during my testing of the Sony Z1U, I shot a great deal of stock footage for a later project.  When digitizing the footage with Final Cut Pro 5, instead of creating In and Out points for each and every shot, I decided to make use of HDV Scene Detection.

At the beginning of the series of shots set an In point, and then scrub to the end of the series to set the Out point.

This saves time in not having to constantly set In and Out points, rename the clip, click on the Log button, repeat.

Next name the clip.  Because Final Cut Pro will add a numeric extension when it detects a break, name the clip something like Morning Wheat Field-1.

Now, capture the clip.  As Final Cut Pro encounters a scene break, the new clip will be created and the numbers will rise incrementally.  When you are done, you have a series of clips individually named.

But what happens if Wheat Field-5 is not a clip you want to keep?  Simply delete it.  Right Click on the clip and select ?Make Offline and in the pop up window, select ?Delete Them from the Disk.

The clip will then be removed from your scratch disk.


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