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Log & Capture for HI-8 tapes with Final Cut Pro

Hi8_tapes.pngIf you're like me, and you have a lot of HI-8 tapes from the 90's laying around, collecting dust, it's really easy to capture and store that media with Log & Capture in Final Cut Pro. If you are playing the HI-8 tape from a HI-8 camera you will need to run the analog signal through a transcoder of some sort to convert it to a digital signal. Canopus makes a great inexpensive converter. An easy way to accomplish this is by using a Digital8 camera. A Digital8 camera will play the HI-8 tape, and do the conversion automatically. You can also use the same Digital8 camera to convert your digital signal to analog for monitoring.

log_capture.pngOnce you have a digital signal going into your Mac, you can launch Final Cut Pro.  Go to the File menu and click on Log & Capture; you can also use the shortcut CMD+8.  This will open the Capture windowBe sure to note how much free space you have available and how many minutes you have to capture.


Because HI-8 tapes are analog, or have no time-code, you will first have to reset your capture settings.  Click on the Capture Settings tab and next to Device Control, click on Non-controllable device.  The Capture/Input can stay at DV NTSC 48kHz.

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Once you have set your capture settings, you will want to name what you are about to capture. Now you can press Play, and under Capture click Now (right hand bottom of the window).  To stop capturing, just press the ESC button. The captured media will appear in both the File Browser and the Capture Scratch.

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And it's really just that easy!



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