I'm trying out a new camera, a little Canon Vixia HF-R200. Dropping some footage into FCP 6.0.6 to see what is what. The computer in this case is an iMac 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo running OS 10.6.8 with 2 GB RAM.
I first copy the files from the flash card (we're talking about 4 tiny files, with a cumulative run time under 50 seconds) onto my scratch drive, then launch FCP and open the Log & Transfer window. Then 3 weird things happen.
Weird thing #1 - using the navigation system under the "add folder" button, I can locate the folder in which the .MTS files are sitting, but when I click the friendly blue OPEN button, nothing happens, at least for a couple of minutes.
Weird thing #2 - not to be deterred, I open a Finder window, and click-and-drag the files onto the Log & transfer window. The computer does nothing for a space of about 2 minutes.
Weird thing #3 - after sitting there for 2 minutes (literally), pretending I did not ask it for anything, suddenly I get a string of error messages. There's one for the folder, or one for each file, depending on which way I tried to import it. Words to the effect of "This is an unsupported file. Shame on you." But the files appear in the Log & Transfer window, ready to be added to the Queue.
So, I can live with the meaningless warning messages, but the whole "wait 2 minutes with no feedback from the machine to see whether or not the files will import" is a problem. What if I were trying to import an hour's worth of footage, would it take 2 hours before the computer deigned to acknowledge my request? What is going on?
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