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Larry Watts
Print to tape on Sony DSR DVCAM decks
on Apr 14, 2010 at 4:31:13 pm

We are having difficulties printing to tape from FCP using our Sony DVCam decks: DSR-20, DSR-45, and DSR 1800A. Our Sony DSR 11 (the oldest and cheapest deck works fine). We are using Firewire.

We can get deck control and capture tapes on all but the DSR 1800A.

Does anyone have a starting place to begin figuring this out? Originally I thought it was just the remote/local control settings, but that's not the case.

Any thoughts at all would be appreciated!

Thanks!

Larry



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Kevin Monahan
Re: Print to tape on Sony DSR DVCAM decks
on Apr 14, 2010 at 5:01:45 pm

What's your system look like?
Separate buses for FireWire device control and capture?

Kevin Monahan
60 Blu-ray Templates for Final Cut Studio 2009
http://www.fcpworld.com
Author - Motion Graphics and Effects in Final Cut Pro


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Larry Watts
Re: Print to tape on Sony DSR DVCAM decks
on Apr 15, 2010 at 2:52:14 pm

We are using a single firewire cable for everything. Each deck only has one firewire port.
I hadn't thought about separate ports. Is this common?

What is crazy is that our cheapest/oldest deck is the only one that both captures and prints.



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Doug Beal
Re: Print to tape on Sony DSR DVCAM decks
on Apr 14, 2010 at 5:16:40 pm

Critical to a number of decks is powering down the deck prior to connecting firewire. It is very easy to fry the ports on these decks.
One way to check if the deck is being seen is "about this mac" >more info> firewire
If the OS can see the deck there's a setting issue or pref issue with FCP.
If the OS does not see the deck it's cabling or blown ports on the device.
zapping Pram can reset the Mac FW ports

Doug Beal
Editor / Engineer
Rock Creative Images
Nashville TN


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Robb Harriss
Re: Print to tape on Sony DSR DVCAM decks
on Apr 15, 2010 at 12:11:41 pm

I know that some of the DV decks like those didn't permit direct control on output, or recording of running timecode. Back in those days we would record in the wild: that is put the deck into record and simply put the editing system into record.

Non-linear: all the time and nothing but.


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Larry Watts
Re: Print to tape on Sony DSR DVCAM decks
on Apr 15, 2010 at 2:59:13 pm

Doug,

Thanks for the tip! Our vendor didn't suggest that one. By the way, we are very new to FCP so everything has changed in our workflow which can be daunting when hit with it all at once.

So About this mac/ more info/ It says built in hub and below it says "unknown device". This is my DSR 20 deck

Are there drivers to be installed? What does it take to have it recognize the device?

Thanks!

Larry



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Rafael Amador
Re: Print to tape on Sony DSR DVCAM decks
on Apr 15, 2010 at 3:15:40 pm

Hi Larry,
With the VTR connected, look for the "Capture Preset" you are using, and, if is locked, duplicate it and open it.
Look the capture device that shows iside.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Larry Watts
Re: Print to tape on Sony DSR DVCAM decks
on Apr 15, 2010 at 3:06:02 pm

I just checked another computer with a Sony DSR 45 attached and that firewire window correctly identified the deck as a "DSR-45", yet we haven't successfully printed to tape with that one either.
I can't check the DSR 11 yet as it's attached to a PC right now. LW



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Larry Watts
Re: Print to tape on Sony DSR DVCAM decks
on Apr 15, 2010 at 8:17:05 pm

Correction. The DSR 45 deck is recording video from FCP using the print to video tool, but the DSR 45 is not putting down TIMECODE which is why we didn't think it was recording.

So the question now is WHY NO TIMECODE on the DSR 45, but has TC with the DSR-11?

Help!



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