Final Cut Pro: Understanding the Log and Transfer Window

In Final Cut Pro, the log and transfer window is the main screen for transferring file-based media of footage into your projects. With the log and transfer window, you can import media files stored on devices, such as hard disks, optical disks and even solid-state cards. The primary function of the log and transfer window is to provide you with controls needed to view file-based media, set in and out points, and log and transfer clips into Final Cut Pro. You will then be able to edit the media files just as you would files of any other format. This simple how-to guide will introduce you to the log and transfer window and describe the different functions it performs.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with final cut Pro installed
  • Video footage to logging transfer into final cut Pro

Step 1: Open the Log and Transfer Window

After you launch Final Cut Pro, you'll need to open the log and transfer window. To do this, select 'File' then 'Log and Transfer'. Alternatively, you could press the Command, Shift and '8' keys simultaneously to open the log and transfer window.

Step 2: Resize the Log and Transfer Window

If you want to resize the log and transfer window, you can do so by dragging either the horizontal or vertical resize bar. You can make the resize bar appear or disappear by double-clicking the horizontal or vertical resize bar. When the resize bar is visible, you can resize the window to any size you choose.

Step 3: Become Familiar with the Log and Transfer Window Controls

Generally speaking, controls in the log and transfer window are broken up into several areas; they are: browse area controls, the preview area, transport controls, jog and shuttle controls, and navigation and marking controls. To become efficient at using Final Cut Pro, you build to familiarize yourself with all of the controls in the log and transfer window. However, it is even more important to know the primary functions of the controls in each section. Those primary functions are:

  • Browse Area Controls: Controls in the browser area are primarily intended to display clip information in your project. The browse area will contain a list of clips in your project as well as function buttons that allow you to choose the way the clips are displayed. With the browse area controls, you can rearrange clips based on certain criteria or view clip properties.
  • Preview Area Controls: In this part of the log and transfer window, you are able to view your video file as you log and transfer it into Final Cut Pro. This section displays controls related to timecode duration, clip name as well as displaying the image.
  • Transfer Controls: Transfer controls are used to control the preview of the video footage in the log and transfer window. Controls in this section of the window resemble those on a VCR and perform pretty much the same types of functions.
  • Jog and Shuttle Controls: Jog and shuttle controls are similar to the transport controls; however, they are used to precisely go to certain points in your video footage. You can use these controls to move backwards and forwards in your footage frame by frame or at a certain rate of speed.
  • Navigation and Marking Controls: The controls in this section are used to set in and out points for your clips, navigate to next or previous clips, or add additional clips to the transfer queue.
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