To import footage shot on a Mini DV tape into Final Cut Pro, connect the camera you used to shoot your footage with to a computer or use a deck appliance. Make sure the deck you are using supports HDV. Decks can be found in the Post Production lab and TV Studio 3 in Annenberg Hall and some computers at the Tech Center.
Insert your tape into your camera or the deck appliance, and make sure it is on. Then open Final Cut Pro. Click Final Cut Pro > Easy Setup, as shown below.
Select Format > HDV and for Use, choose the HDV – 1080 Firewire Basic setting that corresponds to the frame rate you shot on (typically 60i). To find out what frame rate you are using, look at your camera settings.
Then create a new project by going to File > New Project.
Go to File > Save Project As… and save your new project with a descriptive title (e.g., include the show you are working on and the segment’s title).
Set your scratch disk to the appropriate hard drive (either your own external hard drive or an internal drive on the computer) by going to Final Cut Pro > System Settings.
Click Set (highlighted in red below) and navigate to your preferred drive. When you’re done, click OK.
Next, go to File > Log and Capture.
Make sure your tape is rewound, then click the play button (highlighted in green below) and then Now under “Capture” (highlighted in red).
Your work will now capture in real time. When you are done recording as much as you need, press “Escape” on your keyboard and drag your footage from the bin into your sequence.
Now you are ready to edit! Read the next tutorial after you’ve finished editing.