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 Written by Susanne Kraft, susanne.kraft@austin.utexas.edu

1. Output an EDL from AVID Film Composer in a CMX 3600 format. To do this:
Double click the final version sequence you want to output. This will open the sequence into the timeline. Now click on Output-EDL from the top window menu items. The EDL manager should open and your presets should look like this:
Now click (apple G) or --File – Get current sequence: to load in the current sequence into the EDL manager. Now save the EDL you just created as a 6 letter or less name with the .EDL extension.
2. Now go into FCP.
1. Place your EDL in the FCP Projects folder on desktop of computer.
2. Launch Final Cut Pro.
3. Go to File – New Project
Title your project then save it to the Final Cut Projects folder on the desktop
4. Go to File – New – Bin or (apple B) to make a new bin to import your EDL into
9. Once you name your new bin double click it to open it then go to File – Import – EDL

 

Click OK Then navigate to Online EDL’s folder on desktop and choose the EDL to import Now there should be a new sequence that was made from your EDL.
SAVE YOUR PROJECT NOW. . .
3. Set your scratch disk in the capture settings to your drive.
4. Double click the new sequence that you just made from importing your EDL to load it into the timeline.


5. Go to the Final Cut Pro menu – Preferences – click on Timeline options


CHECK THE DROP FRAME BOX IF YOU’RE EDL CAME FROM A DROP FRAME SEQUENCE OR LEAVE IT UNCHECKED IF YOU’RE SEQUENCE CAME FROM A NON DROP FRAME EDL
6. Now highlight your sequence in your bin and go to --File – Batch Capture
7. Once your sequence is digitized in, recreated your titles, etc. You are ready to output.
Final Cut Pro Output to Tape
Black Your Tape
You must have a blacked DV tape prior to “Edit to Tape” in FCP. The timecode on the tape should be:
* Drop / Non-Drop setting must match your sequence settings
* Timecode should start at 00:58:30.00* Should be blacked longer than the project by at least 5 minutes
You can black your tape using a Sony DSR-80 in the CMB Grad Machine Room (contact Susanne Kraft for access) or in the DV Lab (CMA4.206E)
Using a DSR-80:
* Set Video Input to Composite
* Set Counter Select to TC
* Patch Black to the Composite Video Input (the flashing Composite Indicator should go solid)
* No audio patch is necessary (tape will be silent)
* On the Flip-Down control surface, press Menu > Setup Menu >
Timecode >
* TC Mode = INT
* Run Mode = REC
* DF Mode = DF or NDF depending on which drop frame mode your
sequence uses * Then press Set
* Press TC Preset Button on Flip-Down control surface
* Using the arrow buttons, type in the starting timecode (00:58:30.00)
* Then press Set
Insert your tape, rewind it to the beginning and press Play and Record simultaneously. Be sure to record more black than you'll need (at least 5 minutes more than your project's length).

 

Final Output to Tape
Check your Sequence Timecode
In your sequence, there should be no content prior to picture start (no black, bars, countdowns, etc). Your picture start should be at 01:00:00.00. Final Cut Pro defaults to this setting, but if you need to change it highlight your sequence in the browser and click:
Sequence > Settings > Timeline Options
Output your Sequence to Tape
Highlight your sequence to output in bin and click File > Edit to Tape

 

* Click Mastering Settings Tab
* Deselect all leader info
* Print – Entire Media
* Check “Trailer” and enter 60 seconds


* Click Video Tab
* Enter in the Time Code 1:00:00:00 (NDF) or 1;00;00;00 (DF) to start the edit of the sequence to the tape
* Select the sequence in the bin and click the Assemble Icon to begin recording


If this doesn’t work
Now do one of the following
*Drag your clip or sequence from the Viewer or Browser to the Assemble section of the Edit Overlay.
*Open your clip in the Viewer, then click the Assemble Edit button.
*Drag the clip or sequence to the Assemble Edit button.
A dialog box shows you the progress of the rendering of your sequence or clip, if necessary. A feedback window will appear when the edit is done.To cancel an edit in progress, press Esc or click Cancel.