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Sverker Hahn
Audio from analog tape
on Apr 14, 2010 at 1:31:31 pm

I have an old (25+) Sony TCD5 portable cassette tape recorder. Is it possible and easy to add such recordings to FCP? Or should I get a digital recorder of some kind?

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John Fishback
Re: Audio from analog tape
on Apr 14, 2010 at 1:55:47 pm

You need a capture card with analog inputs to capture the audio.

John

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John Fishback
Re: Audio from analog tape
on Apr 14, 2010 at 1:57:43 pm

I wrote card, but I should have said device. There are a number of "boxes" that will capture analog audio.

John

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Chuck Reti
Re: Audio from analog tape
on Apr 14, 2010 at 2:08:02 pm

You could patch the tape deck's output to the Mac's analog input and use Quicktime Pro's audio recording option, then import into FCP. You may need to re-export from QT Pro (or go through iTunes) to have the resulting file be AIFF 48kHz to keep FCP happy.
There are also a few third-party share/freeware apps to do this. Search Versiontracker.com or macupdate.com.
Or, as suggested, get a simple analog to USB audio interface for digital capture and use the above to record.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: Audio from analog tape
on Apr 14, 2010 at 2:16:57 pm

If you have a camera or video deck, you can either patch your cassette deck through it and capture via FireWire, or just record the cassette to video tape along with color bars and then capture the tape.

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Chris Babbitt
Re: Audio from analog tape
on Apr 14, 2010 at 3:01:04 pm

I believe that in order to use the firewire method, there must also be a video signal present. The analog audio input works just fine, and you can capture directly into FCP.



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