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Jason Heller
FCP won't recognise JVC HD101 - 720p25
on Jul 14, 2009 at 2:24:55 am

Hi guys,

I have trawled through the forums here and other places looking for an answer but I am stumped. I have shot footage on a JVC HD-101 in 720p25 and I am totally unable to capture it. I have tried using DVHSCap as well as AVC Video Cap on top of FCP 6.0.6 bit I am unable to get the camera to even be recognised. I have tried importing plain DV footage as well and failed. I am starting to think that maybe the FireWire I/O is blown, but don't know how to test that. It seems that many others have had problems with this setup, but it's incredibly frustrating that the camera doesn't exist as far as the computer is concerned.

I have tried ProRess 422, Apple Intermediate, straight HDV and have had no luck at all. The camera belongs to the university I go to (RMIT in Melbourne) and there is no-one around to help me out at the moment due to the mid-semester break.

If anyone has had any similar experiences I'd love to hear how you may have solved the issues. This is really driving me crazy! Any advice at all would be very much appreciated as I have a bunch more footage to shoot and edit.


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Phil Balsdon
Re: FCP won't recognise JVC HD101 - 720p25
on Jul 15, 2009 at 10:50:08 pm

Hi Jason,
If you've followed the process to letter as detailed on my blog
the chances are you do have blown firewire port (I assume you've tried a different firewire cable or checked the cable you are using on another device).

However normally the firewire port only fails on the HDV side or the DV side and you can still use it for the other format. Try downloading a trial version of Veescope live at and connecting the camera to your computer with the firewire, if it doesn't recognise it you (RMIT) have a camera problem.

Cinematographer, Steadicam Operator, Final Cut Pro Post Production.

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