Preparing to Log Video

In the previous steps, we showed you how to:

  1. Load your rushes.
  2. Open and set up your logging window.
  3. Program keyboard expansions.

Now, we're ready to demonstrate the actual process of logging media. Here's how:

Logging Process

  1. Click at the bottom of the column where you want to add logging information. This will position your cursor for typing.

  2. Start playback with the 'Insert' or '0' button.
  3. As soon as you start typing your logging entry, the endpoint of that entry will be set to 3 seconds before you began typing or to the beginning of the clip if you started typing less than 3 seconds from the clip start. This accounts for the time it takes to start typing.

  4. When you see something you want to log, the out point will start running automatically. It will be marked when you press 'ENTER' to end your logging entry and move on to the next one.

  5. By following this process, your endpoint is determined by the time code when you started typing your logging entry. This means that footage between the first logging entry's out point and the second logging entry's endpoint may not be included in the logging information. This allows you to exclude irrelevant material from your logs.

  6. If you want to include every frame of your footage in your logs, hold down 'Shift' when you press 'ENTER' at the end of each logging entry. This will set your next logging entry's in point to match the previous logging entry's out point.

  7. Sometimes, a short shot may require more logging information than you can type while the shot is playing. Press 'Insert' at any time during playback to pause without ending your logging entry. Press 'Insert' again to resume playback and continue logging.

  8. If the video reaches the end of a clip while you are typing, it will stop playing automatically to give you time to catch up. Playback will start again on the next clip when you press 'ENTER' to complete your logging entry.

  9. To start a new line within your logging entry without setting in and out points, hold down 'Control' and press 'Enter' while logging.

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Control + L for playback.
  • Control + K to pause.
  • Control + J for reverse playback.

You can view more keyboard shortcuts by right-clicking the shortcuts button. You can also set your own keyboard shortcuts by clicking in the grey bar, pressing the desired key, and selecting the action you want.

Editing Your Logging Information

  • Your logging information can be edited at any time. Click in the column to add or change information.

  • Deleting all the text will delete the logging entry.

  • Misspelled words will be underlined in red. You can correct them or right-click to add them to your dictionary.

Editing Time Codes

  • In and out time codes can be edited in the same way as your logging information. Just click and type.

  • You can also drag a time code from your play window into your logging window to revise the codes for a log or drag a time code from your logging window to the play window to view or save it.

  • Double-clicking a time code is a quick way to jump to that frame.

Logging Non-Linearly

  • If you prefer to log in a less linear way or don't want to play or scroll through your media, you can simply mark your in and out points in the play window. These timecode ranges will be logged when you type the logging information in the logging window.

Logging Entire Clips or Folders

  • To log an entire clip or folder with the same logging information, type in the logging window without starting playback. A message will warn you that the entire clip will be logged with the same information.


  • There's no 'Save' button on the logging window because your logs are saved every time you hit 'Enter.' If your internet connection is slow or breaks, Foreseen will queue up logging entries and let you know how many unsaved entries there are. If this persists for more than a second or two, you may have lost your internet connection, so resolve this before continuing. Once your internet is working again, your logs will save automatically.