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adam dewhirstsony hdv deck
by on Nov 20, 2011 at 12:00:19 pm

could someone let me know how to capture footage from my deck. it doesn't show up at all when i hit import from camera?

thanks


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adam dewhirstRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 20, 2011 at 2:15:44 pm

SONY GV-HD700... that is the deck i am using, or trying to use. i bought a dv to firewire 800 cable as my iMac only has 800. i have 100's of tapes to try and get into fcp x but no idea how...


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Mark MoracheRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 12:12:56 am

Adam... I'm curious. Can you capture clips through quicktime 7?

You can open up quicktime 7, then select "edit/new movie recording"

Open quicktime preferences and under the recording tab, make sure the video source is set to the hdv vcr, quality should be "device native" and select where to save the files to.

If your mac can't see the footage from the firewire in quicktime, I imagine that it's a hardware issue between the deck and the cable.

Do you have FCP7? You might try that as well.

If Quicktime can bring the footage in but FCX can't, at least you still have a way to ingest it. I don't know if the timecode comes in with quicktime.

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adam dewhirstRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 12:40:27 am

hi mark,

thanks for your response

i never knew it was possible to capture clips through quicktime but i think it might be a hardware issue from my subsequent investigations. apparently the sony deck only supports firewire 100, 200 and 400 but imacs only have 800. there is an adaptor (400 to 800) that i can buy so hopefully that will solve the issue.

i only have fcp 6 and that doesnt work with lion.

on a separate note. i'd really like to know how i could install fcp 6 so i could access projects i have been working on all year until my motherboard gave up the ghost. all i can think of is to try and buy a second mac that doesn't have lion installed yet.

adam


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Tony BrittanRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 1:44:28 am

I believe you can wipe the system drive, install snow leopard, install FCP 6, then upgrade to Lion and install everything else.


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adam dewhirstRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 2:18:01 am

thanks for that tony,

do you know how i would go about wiping the system drive?


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Tony BrittanRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 2:21:19 am

That requires formatting your drive and starting from scratch. A few ways to do it...best to do a Google search for: "how to reformat drive and do fresh install of snow leopard". FCP 6 will install fine on SL and then you can do the leopard upgrade after.


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adam dewhirstRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 2:42:35 am

thanks tony... will give it a go.


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Tony BrittanRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 12:26:08 pm

Sorry...I meant you can do the Lion update later ;-)


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T. PaytonRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 3:41:27 pm

Tony - before you wipe your drive, I think there is a much simpler solution, and you just need to do some messing with the deck. See here:

http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/8/1062892

I've captured a lot of HDV from FCP X and it is far superior to FCP 7 and earlier in that regard.

Also if for some reason you want to install a previous version of Mac OS X, you can simply create a new partition in Disk Utilities and install and older OS on that. No need to wipe your drive!

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OneCreative, Albuquerque


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Tony BrittanRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 3:51:15 pm

I was responding to the OP question about installing FCP 6, specifically, on Lion. In order to run 6 on Lion, you must first install SL, then FCP 6, then Lion. Lion doesn't support Rosetta and FCP 6 requires Rosetta to install. And since it appears as though they are just getting started on a new machine, now would be a good time to do so ;-)

Tony Brittan
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T. PaytonRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 4:22:14 pm

Oh my bad Tony. I should have addressed that to Adam who asked the original question.

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adam dewhirstRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 21, 2011 at 11:00:29 pm

timothy,

i have been using the exact settings that are suggested in that link. it seems the imac just isn't reading the firewire connecting at all.

it seems atmomos are having problems with firewire and 10.02 as well. speaking to their helpdesk they said i have to use usb for the time being with my ninja.

last night i discovered a storage intensive workaround (60 mins = 85 gb). i simply conect the sony deck via hdmi to the ninja, press play on the deck and rec on the ninja. the files open in fcp x.

i spent an hour with apple support on the phone and all they could say was try a different cable.


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T. PaytonRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 22, 2011 at 5:06:11 am

You can see if it is a bad FW connection by checking the system profiler in the firewire section (Apple Menu > About This Mac > More Info).

That Ninja looks incredibly cool! I wish I had a use for it.

To make it take up less space, switch your Ninja to ProRes LT, you'll be around 50GB for an hour. You could always transcode back to HDV or XDCam if you really wanted to. But I would just stick with ProRes LT.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque


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adam dewhirstRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 22, 2011 at 8:59:06 am

thanks timothy,

i did the system check and i go to hardware then firewire and all it thats their is the speed. am i looking in the right place?

adam


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T. PaytonRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 22, 2011 at 3:44:04 pm

If you don't see anything in the firewire list then the computer just doesn't see the device. Here is what my firewire bus looks like with a a miniDV camera, and a few other things connected:



Sounds like your Ninja is the way to go.

The other alternative is to borrow/rent/buy another HDV deck or camera. I"ll be someone has a Canon HV 30 laying around (I do). If time is more important than money I would suggest that as you injesting will go much faster with FCP X and a HDV camera.

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T. Payton
OneCreative, Albuquerque


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adam dewhirstRe: sony hdv deck
by on Nov 23, 2011 at 12:50:10 am

cheers timothy,

must be either the cable or the deck than...

you've been much more help than apple support...

i'll check ebay for a hv30

adam


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