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How to capture VHS to Final Cut Pro

Created by: Philip Acciarito ‘12 [updated 2015-02-26]

1. Insert your tape into the S-VHS slot of the deck.

Push the white S-VHS button and wait for the orange light to turn on. Push the gray S-VHS button in the lower left corner so the green arrow lights up.

Push the white S-VHS button and wait for the orange light to turn on. Push the gray S-VHS button in the lower left corner so the green arrow lights up.

 

2. Go to Final Cut Pro HD > Easy Setup.

Under "Format" choose "Apple Pro Res 422" if you plan ti edit the work in FCP. Choose "NTSC" if you will be transferring the video directly to a DVD or converting to mp4 for online streaming.

3. Go to Final Cut Pro > System Settings.

Go to the Scratch Disks tab to set your scratch/capture space.

Go to the Scratch Disks tab to set your scratch/capture space.

 

4. Go to File > Log and Capture.

In the Log and Capture window, select the Logging Tab, enter a descriptive name for the clip in the Description field.

In the Log and Capture window, select the Logging Tab, enter a descriptive name for the clip in the Description field.

 

5. Use the transport controls ON THE DECK (play, stop, rewind, fast forward) to find the beginning of the clip you want to cap- ture.

Rewind several seconds prior to the start point.

Rewind several seconds prior to the start point.

 

6. Play the tape.

In Final Cut Pro, begin capturing by clicking on “Now” under capture (in the lower right corner of the Log and Capture window.

In Final Cut Pro, begin capturing by clicking on “Now” under capture (in the lower right corner of the Log and Capture window.

 

7. Press “Esc” on the keyboard to stop capturing.

Close the Log and Capture window. You will now see your clip in the Final Cut Pro browser window.