One of my 'favourite' features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS family is automatic scene detection - its ability to spit out individual clips when capturing from tape using pause/stop information. As far as I know, Final Cut Pro has no automnatic way of doing this. Splitting clips during import manually is so tedious. Is there something I'm missing out, or a plugin perhaps that provides this feature in FCP 7?
There is a pop-up menu in the General tab in User Preferences that has all the options in dealing with timecode breaks. There is an option where you choose Make New Clip from the “On timecode break”. This option will make a new clip in the bin when a timecode break is reached.
Select the clip you wish to work on in the browser, then in the top menu bar for FCP, select Mark > DV Start/Stop Detect. This will break the clip up by the start/stop metadata generated when you were shooting.
The options in the user preferences are for timecode breaks that occur during capture.
ps: I don't know when this DV Start/Stop Detect feature was first included, but it was in FCP3 in 2002...