Part of Unit: Basic Picture & Sound Editing
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Instruct students on a good format for logging and capturing your video footage and keeping it organized within Final Cut Studio application. This is a crucial point in ensuring that everything is labeled and setup correctly so that the footage is stored and captured in the correct location.
This lesson focuses on the use of MiniDV tapes set at NTSC. If the students are using HD cameras, the settings should be specific for HDV.
If there are enough lab stations, students should complete this task individually. If computers are limited pair students in groups of 2-3.
Lesson Time: 75 minutes
- Labeling Tapes
- 10 Minutes
- Set up camera to capture
- 15 Minutes
- Pre-capturing setup
- 15 Minutes
- Log footage
- 5 Minutes
California Career and Technical Education Standards
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.6 Demonstrate use of sophisticated learning tools by following technical direction...2
Objectives and Goals
- Students will be able to set up proper pre-production techniques
- Students will be able to properly log a tape
- Students will be able to properly capture the footage
- Students will be able to see and begin to edit their footage
Activities in this Lesson
- Hook - Hooks / Set
To show students the power of labeling, the teacher will hold up a blank cd/dvd and ask the students "What's on this disc?" They won't know, why, because it wasn't labeled properly and now its very difficult to determine what is on the disc.
There's nothing more frustrating that starting to edit and not knowing which tape is of which shot or what is on each tape. Label your tapes before you shoot and double check it after you shoot and are about to capture.
- Lecture/Demo - Lecture
To capture video using Final Cut Pro is to take the video on a mini-DV tape and download it into your computer as a digital file. You first need to connect your camera to the computer before you launch Final Cut Pro.
Then start Final Cut Pro. You should get a screen stating Final Cut Pro has found the camera. If not, check your connections between the camera and the computer, and make sure the camera is turned to VCR/VTR/playback. Sometimes it can be a faulty firewire cable, so check closely.
Now that you are in Final Cut Pro, click on - File > Log and Capture
A new window will appear, and you should see the words VTR OK near the bottom of the screen.To the right are some tabs you can use to change the settings for the video you want to capture. The settings include - Capture Settings.
Be sure the Device Control is set to Firewire NTSC.
Leave the Capture Input at the default ( DV NTSC 48kHz), unless otherwise directed by the instructor.
Scratch Disks - These are the same settings you initially selected to make sure your media is being stored in the proper scratch disk (the drive and folder for your Final Cut Pro project.) It's critical to ensure that this disk has enough empty space to store your footage. If there is not enough room, error messages will pop up and your footage will not be properly captured.
Clip Settings - You can set this to capture Audio Only, Video Only or Audio and Video. In most cases you'd select Audio and Video (you might select Video Only if the audio for that clip is unusable, or you might select Audio Only if you used your camera to record a voice-over for use with other video clips). Leave the audio setting at Channels 1 & 2, to capture all the audio.
Logging - Log Bin - This should be the name of the folder where you want to capture your video. Be sure to label the bin correctly. It should be something that you and your group will recognize later on. Reel - Give a name to the reel of tape you're about to log and capture. It's best to use the same name that you used for your mini-DV tape. This way if you need to recapture/reconnect your footage, you will be able to find the correct tape that the footage is on, especially when you are using more then one tape for a project.
You can immediately begin capturing a video clip by starting to play the clip at the point where you want to start capturing it, and then clicking on the button labeled Capture > Now
That will begin capturing the clip from that point. To stop capturing, on the upper left of your keyboard press the Escape Key (esc).
Finishing Up - You'll notice the clips that were displayed as files in the Browser to the left no longer have the red slashes through them, as they have now been captured to the computer. Now you are ready to start editing your clips. If you have additional clips that you need to log and capture, repeat the steps.
- Log and Capture a 5 minute clip - Independent Practice
Students will be given a tape already labeled and they will need to capture the 5 minute clip and log the footage correctly.
The Reel should be labeled the same as the label on the tape they were given.
- Check for understanding - Check Understanding
Teacher will ensure that students have labeled the footage to be captured the same as the tape. This will help ensure that if there is an error in capturing or lost footage, the student will be able to relink/reconnect the proper footage for the video.
Teacher will also check to see that the footage was fully and properly captured in the Log Bin.
- Assessment Types:
- Projects, Observations,