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Jonathan Capra
Tape Trouble while batch capturing
on Feb 22, 2008 at 9:43:37 pm

We just got two MacPro workstations with Kona LHe cards this year. Specs are dual 2.66, 4gig ram, using pairs of striped Medea SCSI Ultra 160 RTR arrays.

Whenever I tried to do a batch capture of more than say.. 4 clips, it would inevitably conk out with Final Cut's 'Tape Trouble.. Check VTR...' message. This is using a Sony DSR-1800 DVCAM deck controlled via the Kona's RS-422 port.

I had contacted AJA and they provided me the plugin script metioned in this thread:

...but it did not seem to help.

So last night I tried plugging a 6-pin Firewire cable between the MacPro and the deck, switching the deck's remote control from 9-pin to iLink and then changing only the Deck Control setting in the Capture Preset to Firewire NTSC.

From that point, it batch-captured fine. I could consider this a means-to-an-ends I suppose and just keep it running like that. But wouldn't this go to say that the problem is likely specifically with Kona's serial controller?

Any thoughts?

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John Pale
Re: Tape Trouble while batch capturing
on Feb 22, 2008 at 10:34:06 pm

It just means you don't have stable serial control with this doesnt necessarily mean you have a hardware problem with your Kona.

Does it work properly with another deck? Have you tried a new serial cable? Uninstalling/reinstalling the Kona driver?

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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Tape Trouble while batch capturing
on Feb 25, 2008 at 4:15:09 am

The text file should take care of it.

Are you sure you installed it properly? I know it's a silly question, but I'll ask anyway.

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