Video Capture with Final Cut Pro from a VCR.

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Follow these directions to capture video from a VCR for use in a Director Project.
Instructions for capturing from a DV camera would be slightly different.

Turn on the VCR and insert your tape.

Turn on the digital converter box on top of the computer.
The switch is on top of the Sony box or in back of the Canopus boxes.

Set the input on the top of the converter box to analog in.

Open Final Cut Pro

Go to File-Log and Capture

Play your tape with the controls on the VCR.

Just before you get to the start of the video you want, click the now button in the lower right of the log and capture window.

After the end of the video you want to capture has passed, hit escape on the keyboard to stop your capture.

Stop the VCR.

 

The clip you captured will open in a window.

The playhead is the little triangle with the line below it. This shows you where you are in the clip and lets you move forward and backward in the clip.

 

Move the playhead (the little yellow triangle, see image above) to the exact spot you want the video to start and press i on your keyboard(for in).

Move the playhead (the little triangle) to the exact spot you want the video to end and press o on your keyboard(for out).

You will see the in and out marks in the same area as the playhead.

Go to File-Export-Quicktime.

Name your movie with a .mov extension.

Click on Options near the bottom of the window.

You will see an export dialogue box.

If the setting are not like this, you must change them.

Uncheck Prepare for Internet Streaming.

 

Click the Settings button in the video section and match these settings.

 

Click the Size button in the video section and match these settings.

 

Click the Settings button in the Sound section and match these settings.

Click OK to close the options window.

Click Save to save your movie.

Take the file with you and import it into Director.

The End.