I'm using my HVX as a miniDV deck with Final Cut Pro. Perhaps this should be in the DVX forum, but I'll post it here.
My computer is having problems recognizing the camera. The laptop (MacBook Pro) does not recognize a deck in log and capture if I plug the camera into the laptop's 400 port. Worse still: if I try to daisy chain the camera through an external hard drive the computer ceases to recognize the hard drive and I get a device removal warning.
I have tried every combination of two different cables, two different hard drives, and either direct connecting or daisy chaining the camera. This obviously leads me to believe that there is either a problem with the camera or the computer's ability to see the camera. I don't have any other cameras to try.
Using FW for both your drive and camera is probably causing the problem. FW wants to see one or the other. Try connecting just the camera and see if it's recognized. Same with the drive. If both are recognized separately, then it's their combination that's causing the issue. You can solve this by getting an Express card FW port. Then you can plug your drive in one port and the camera in the other.
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[Stef Allan]"Worse still: if I try to daisy chain the camera through an external hard drive the computer ceases to recognize the hard drive and I get a device removal warning. "
This should never be done, some people can get it to work but it is not recommended.