Connect the camera or card reader to the computer through a USB port.
In Final Cut, open a Log and Transfer window ( ⌘-Shift-8 ).
If your footage does not automatically pop up, click on the Add Folder button in the upper-left hand corner and find your footage.
Click on clips to preview them.
Drag clips down to the box that says “Drag Media Here” to add them to your project’s Bin.
If you want to trim clips before importing them, you can mark in (i) and out (o) in the Preview window and then click Add Clip to Queue.
If you want to import everything in your memory card: ⌘-A, then click Add Selections to Queue.
When you are finished importing, you can close the Log and Transfer window and start editing.
Import Video from a DVD or VHS
To import footage from a DVD, useHandBraketo select the specific scenes or chapters you want to import. Follow these instructions on how to export select scenes or chapters or view the video demonstration. Once you have exported the footage you want to use in your project, follow the above instructions to use the Log and Transfer window, and select your files where you have saved them on your computer.
To import footage from a VHS, you will use the DV Deck found at every station in the Media Lab. More information on how to set up the DV Deck and the Monitor properly can be found here. Once everything is set up, follow these steps to capture a clip in Final Cut Pro:
Turn on the VCR, the DV Deck, and the Monitor.
Set the DV Deck Input Select to VCR.
Set the Input Select on the JVC AV selector to VHS.
Play your VHS and make sure it is displaying on the monitor. If not, get the Lab Attendant to help.
Open Final Cut Pro and Save your project.
Open up Log and Capture (⌘ 8 ).
Under the Capture Settings tab, change Device Control to “Non-Controllable Device”.
When you hit play on the VCR you should see it in the preview window.
To start importing, click the Capture Now button.
To stop importing, hit the Esc key. Your captured clip will appear in your project’s Bin.