Log and Capture in FCP



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

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (1)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • 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

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