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Emily Rumsey, from Madison, Wisconsin, writes:
I’m logging and capturing on a laptop with no external monitor, using a DVCAM deck. The log & capture window registers sound on the meters but I can’t hear it. Once out of the L&C window you can hear clips fine.
Where can I set the L&C to hear audio while logging?
Larry replies: Emily, monitoring during capture showed up with Final Cut Pro 5.
Open the Log & Capture window and make sure Preview is checked in the Clip Settings window. This turns on audio play-through during capture.
UPDATE – Jan. 27
Michael Grenadier sent in the following caution:
I think this is a dangerous recommendation to make without the following caveat: Monitoring the audio during capture adds to system overhead. Occasionally this will create problems in the captured file usually manifested as random clicking. I saw this way back in fcp1. Since in my opinion, a good fcp system includes an audio patchbay, it should be possible to monitor your audio directly of the camera or deck. So I haven’t left myself vulnerable to this problem in a long time. I figured this wouldn’t be a problem with faster mac’s and newer software, however recently someone recently posted on the Apple FCP forum a problem with random clicking in captured media that was not there in the original material. Sure enough this was the cause of the problem.
5 Responses to Monitoring Audio During Capture
Larry, you’ve done it again. Thanks. I’ve been trying to figure this out for years. I forgot about it and just figured it was normal not to hear the audio. But the simple preview click did it all. Wow. can’t believe I waited this long to figure it out. Thanks again for your sage advice! Every time I have an FCP question, you have the answer.
I use FCP 7 and I am in the same case as Emily, no sound during Log an Capture, please help me me how to do because I don’t have the window above as the window of Emily
Remember, to see this setting, you need to open the “Log and Capture” window, then click the Clip Settings tab.
I’ve never seen a case where this tab is not there.
I found it, my FCP 7 is in French version, Clip Setting is “Réglage de Plan” It works when I click to “Preview” as you showed to Emily.
Thank you very much Larry and excuse me for my stupidity.
Thanks. I’m doing a mini-doc pro bono about autistic kids. Logging and capturing no
fun without audio!
I thought I tried everything, but then I did what you suggested with the preview. Sound is a beautiful thing,,,
Kate in PA