Chapter 4. Log and Capture from Videotape

Most broadcast organizations aspire to tapeless acquisition, but the reality is that most are still using videotape in the field. This chapter focuses on techniques that accelerate the process of working with videotape in a nonlinear environment, specifically as it relates to fast-paced news and sports editing.

The chief difference between transfers from videotape and from tapeless systems into Final Cut Pro is that videotape content can be captured to a hard disk or server only in real time—importing a 15-minute tape clip takes 15 minutes—while tapeless media allow faster-than-real-time importing. At one time Sony made a high-speed DVCAM tape deck and Panasonic made a high-speed DVCPRO deck that offered ...

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