Help! I've done my research on a recent problem, and have found a number of answers for several situations, but just need some simple and direct help if possible. I have Final Cut Pro 6.0.1 Academic on a new MacBookPro - maybe three months old. I researched NUMEROUS cameras before making a purchase and decided on the JVC GY-HM100U ProHD Camcorder after rave reviews of its workflow with FCP. It shoots in the "native .MOV" file, and I was told you can literally import it or drag and drop in FCP without conversion. Unfortunately, at least the way something is set up now - that isn't the case. FCP is not playing the video portion of the .mov file. I can hear audio, but there is no video. What gives? Do I in fact need to convert? Is it quicktime? It isn't just FCP, the video is not playing in the QT player window on the mac as well, but the audio is there. Like I said, I'm just getting into all of this and am pretty over my head - if you can't tell already. Is there a simple solution to this for a novice such as myself? I would have gone with a different camera, but was told this is THE camera to use with FCP.
Just search this forum for H264. FCP 6.0.1 is a few years old and although it should be able to edit codecs like ProRes422, FCP doesn't edit mpeg4 (H264) codecs natively.
I would point you to FCP X but I really don't know what you do and what your final deliverables are but it may suit your workflow. Do some research on the FCP X forum to see if it might be better to consider a software upgrade
The HM100 uses the (Sony) XDCAM EX format and this codec needs to be on your Mac. I'm not sure which version of FCP included it but it's downloadable from the Sony site - http://www.sony.ca/xdcamex/software.htm - You should also update from 6.0.1 to 6.0.6 using software update. I used an HM100 with 6.0.6 for 6 months with direct import into FCP with no problems, it's a stunning camera with very high quality when used under the right conditions.