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gunjan sharma
problem capturing from hdv.
on Mar 20, 2010 at 12:35:08 pm

I was digitizing hdv material using Sony hdv portable deck and final cut through fire wire 800.Idea was to capture the entire tape in one go but as I did that, final cut has made 6 separate clips out of the entire video.between each consecutive clip there is gap of 5 to 6 seconds of time first clip starts from 01:01:00:00 and ends at 01:08:09:05 then the next clip starts at 01:08:15:19.
I had unchecked on "make new clip on start/end" on capture window settings before the start of the capture. Then I disabled all the options from user preferences which could abort capture(like abort capture on dropped frames etc). I recaptured the entire tape again but result was the same. new clips made by fcp have same starting and end time code as was previously. When I looked in lcd of the deck at those points from where the fcp makes new clips the time code read fine(unbreaked). I tried doing batch capturethe entire tape and result was no different.I dont think there is timecoad breakes in the tape.
Wondering what it could be ?

mac pro,intel-2.5 ghz,4gb RAM,FCP-6.0.5

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walter biscardi
Re: problem capturing from hdv.
on Mar 20, 2010 at 1:13:51 pm

In your User Preferences, if you have "Make New Clip" on Timecode Break, that's what it is. Switch it to "Warn After Capture."

HDV is notorious for "phantom timecode breaks." We always leave that to warn after capture when capturing HDV.

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Phil Balsdon
Re: problem capturing from hdv.
on Mar 20, 2010 at 10:50:18 pm

Try capturing as Apple ProRes.

Solved the same problem for me with JVC HDV 720p capture.

It will also vastly improve your post production workflow but file sizes will be larger.

NB. HDV will always want to start a new clip at camera start / stop points on the tape.

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