Analyze your media

You can analyze clips during the import process, analyze clips in the Browser after import, or set Final Cut Pro to analyze clips automatically when they are dragged to a Final Cut Pro event or the Timeline.

Analyze clips during import

  1. Do one of the following:

    • To import a file from a compatible camcorder or camera, iPad, iPhone, iPod, or other device: Connect the device to your computer, turn on the device, and choose File > Import > Media (or press Command-I). In the window that appears, select the file you want to import, and click the Import button.

    • To import a file from a tape-based camcorder: Connect the camcorder to your computer, turn on the camcorder, and set it to VTR or VCR mode. Then choose File > Import > Media (or press Command-I) and click the Import button.

    • To import a file from a memory card: Insert the memory card into the card slot on your Mac or into a card reader that’s connected to your computer, and choose File > Import > Media (or press Command-I). In the window that appears, select the file you want to import, and click the Import button.

    • To import a file located on your hard disk or a connected external storage device: Choose File > Import > Media (or press Command-I). In the window that appears, select the file you want to import, and click the Import button.

    • To import from an archive: Choose File > Import > Media (or press Command-I). In the window that appears, select the archive you want to import from, select the files in the archive you want to import, and click the Import button.

  2. In the window that appears, choose how you want to organize the imported media in your library:

    • To add the imported media to an existing event: Select “Add to existing Event,” and choose the event from the pop-up menu.

    • To create a new event: Select “Create new Event” and type a name (for example, “Chris and Kim Wedding”) in the text field. Use the “Save to” pop-up menu to choose the disk where you want to store the event.

    To learn more about events, see Organizing libraries overview.

  3. Select any of the video and audio analysis options that you want to apply.

    For descriptions of the video and audio analysis options, see Video and still-image analysis options and Audio analysis options.

    Final Cut Pro will analyze the files in the background, after the import process is complete.

  4. Click Import.

The import may take a while, depending on the options you selected in step 3. You can see the status of all the background processes currently running in the Background Tasks window.

Analyze clips after import

  1. To select the clip you want to analyze, do one of the following:

    • Click the clip in the Browser. (To select multiple clips, you can Command-click them or drag a selection rectangle around them.)

    • Control-click a clip in the Timeline and choose “Reveal in Browser” from the shortcut menu.

  2. In the Browser, Control-click the clip or clips and choose “Analyze and Fix” from the shortcut menu.

  3. In the window that appears, select any or all of the video analysis and audio analysis options that you want to apply, and click OK.

The transcoding process may take a while, depending on the analysis options you selected. You can see the status of all the background processes currently running in the Background Tasks window.

Automatically analyze media files when they are dragged to an event or the Timeline

  1. Choose Final Cut Pro > Preferences.

  2. In the Preferences window, click Import and select each of the video and audio analysis options that you want to apply.

    For more information, see Import preferences.

    When you’re finished, close the Preferences window.

  3. To import one or more files, select a file (or Command-click multiple files) in the Finder and drag the selection to an event or the Timeline.