How To Start a New DV Video Project in Final Cut Pro

If you want to start a new DV video, then using Final Cut Pro will help you to get the best out of your project. Transferring the DV camcorder onto Final Pro is the best way to convert the images you have saved there into a digital DVD. If you are not sure how to convert the DV video into one that will work in Final Cut Pro, then you will need to have some particular firewire connections. Setting up the receptors is only part of the job, but you can get this all done in a short space of time by following a few simple instructions.

Materials Needed

  • Final Cut Pro
  • DV camcorder
  • Computer
  • Firewire cables

Step 1: Connect the Cables

Begin by setting up all of the firewire cables. Connect the DV camcorder to the cable, and then plug the other end into a USB port. If you want to look at the video using a TV monitor, then plug the camcorder into a TV which displays the video before attaching it to the firewire. Turn on the DV camcorder and then press the VTR option. Put in the video tape which you wish to export.

Step 2: Open Final Cut Pro

Open up the Final Cut software, and you should see an empty file. Select Save Project and use a file name that you will easily remember. Final Cut may try and save this to a Documents folder, but you may want to try saving the file in a different location on your hard drive. Once the file has been saved, you will be able to see the project window which has your file name in the right hand of the screen.

Step 3: Convert the File

Once you have the file open, go into the Final Cut Pro, and select Preferences. Choose a scratch location for the file, and if you are using a second hard drive to store your video on, you should now save to that location. Open up the Project window which appeared on the right hand side, and then open the file menu. Click on the tab Capture, and check that the screen has VTR OK at the bottom. If you can see these words, click on the VTR control to accept.

Step 4: Exporting the File

When you have accepted these VTR controls, import your video into the Final Cut Pro. When you have the video imported into your system, press the escape key to stop the import process. When you have done this, you should see the video clips in the project window. You can also decide where the in and out points should begin and end by using the In and Out buttons in the Capture window. This will then bring up a file dialogue box which will allow you to name your file, and then open it up into the project window.

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