There are two basic ways to get footage into Final Cut Pro: capturing from a video playback deck or camera, or transferring files that have already been recorded to a hard drive or solid-state memory card. The newest forms of tapeless recording can cost less but have additional backup requirements. Cameras being developed now use a tapeless recording method. You can also import still image files, CD audio files, DVD files, and media files obtained from the Internet into Final Cut Pro.
Capturing Is the process used to transfer footage into Final Cut Pro. Each time you capture a clip, Final Cut Pro creates a clip that points to a mediafile. Clips and mediafiles are two separate entities.
A clip appears in the Browser window each time you capture media. It's important to note that the clip doesn't contain the actual media. It is simply a reference to a mediafile that is located on a physical hard drive (see figure 3.1). To keep things organized, Final Cut Pro automatically creates a mediafile based on the name that you give to a clip.
Figure 3.1. Clips in the Browser window reference media files on a hard drive.
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