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Buddy Englett
Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 9, 2011 at 4:21:37 pm

I'm trying to help a friend with an HVX200. I've never worked with one, so bear with me.

I have the camera connected via firewire and I'm able to see the live camera feed in the FCP capture window when the camera is in Tape mode. But in P2 mode FCP can't see it. I have the format on the camera set to 720/30P and FCP set to DV NTSC Anamorphic. FCP is also set to Non-controllable Device.

We're trying to capture/monitor live as we record to P2. Is there something else I'm missing?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 9, 2011 at 5:31:54 pm

[Buddy Englett] "Is there something else I'm missing?"

Another piece of hardware, I'm afraid. The firewire connection can't accommodate an HD signal.

You'd need something like an AJA I/O box to do what you want. It can use the HVX 200's HDMI connection, and you can capture straight to ProRes 422 from FCP: at 1280x720 to boot, I understand. Not at DVCPro HD's normal 960x720.

An AJA KiPro will let you record the camera's HDMI output -- circumventing the camera's P2 cards -- also at 1280x720 ProRes 422, which then is ingested to FCP.

At the most recent NAB, they introduced a couple of similar gizmos that do similar things at a much lower cost... but since I'm not in the market for them, I'm afraid I don't recall their names.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 9, 2011 at 7:35:16 pm

No signals are output from the 1394 terminal
during recording or recording standby in the
native mode.

It will also only output the same as the recording format.
recording 720p
outputting720p via FW

When using with the 720P/24PN and 720P/30PN settings, digital output in MCR mode only is performed. Digital input is not possible.


Menu:
Other Functions:
1394 Control
Sets the control method for backup recording using a backup unit connected to the 1394 terminal.
OFF:
The backup unit is not controlled.
EXT:
The backup unit can be controlled by the START/STOP button. The images shot by the camera recorder are recorded by the backup unit. Note that the camera recorder does not record them.
BOTH:
The images shot by the camera recorder are recorded by both the camera
recorder and backup unit.
CHAIN:
When the camera recorder’s media approaches its end during shooting, the backup unit in the recording stand-by mode automatically starts recording images.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Buddy Englett
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 10, 2011 at 4:18:19 pm

I'm not trying to capture in Native Mode. My setting is 720/30P, not PN.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 10, 2011 at 4:24:04 pm

[Buddy Englett] "My setting is 720/30P, not PN."

[Buddy Englett] "I'm not trying to capture HD. I just want SD."

Oops! There are conflicting responses here. 720 is indeed HD, so if you really do desire SD, you need to change that setting.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Buddy Englett
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 10, 2011 at 5:31:04 pm

Oh, then I'm confused. I assumed that 720/30P was 720X480 SD video. How do I change it to SD?


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Buddy Englett
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 10, 2011 at 4:13:49 pm

Thanks, but I'm not trying to capture HD. I just want SD.


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 10, 2011 at 4:52:00 pm

The cam will not Down-convert out the FW port.

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 10, 2011 at 6:11:52 pm

720P is HD
Go in to the menu and change the camera mode to 480i

Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Buddy Englett
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 10, 2011 at 6:30:50 pm

Where do I do that? I don't see the option to change it in the Recording Setup menu.


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Chris Tompkins
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 10, 2011 at 6:40:34 pm

Page 107 in the manual.
Seriously...




Chris Tompkins
Video Atlanta LLC


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Dexter Andrada
Re: Can't see live video in FCP from HVX200
on May 11, 2011 at 2:21:16 am

Er Dave,

The HVX200 has component, svideo, composite, and firewire. There is no HDMI output.


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