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Michael Mitchell
Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 21, 2011 at 12:58:45 am

I digitize a clip using "Now" in the Capture box and when I restart the program a random few of the clips have their reel info missing and timecode set to 0:00:00:00. This doesn't happen every time I restart just sometime but it always happens after a few times.

I type in the Reel info, a description for the clip. I have deck control, sending sync to the deck. When I digitize the clip it's fine in the bin. Reel number and timecode are intact, but when I quit FCP and restart sometimes random clips lose that info. I open those clips in Sebsky Tool and they do not have any timecode track, it's just been wiped out.

FCP 7.0.3

Anyone?

2 x 3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
OS 10.6.8
8GB RAM


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 21, 2011 at 5:15:08 pm

What gear are you using to capture?

What interface? Source material?

This is a really old bug.


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Michael Mitchell
Re: Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 21, 2011 at 6:12:30 pm

It was happening with my Blackmagic Decklink Studio 2 as well as the AJA IO Express that I just got. Digitizing with a Sony A500 SD SDI in, Keyspan USA-28X B serial adapter for deck control. Source tapes are DigiBeta. Sending 525 sync to the deck. I have all the latest drivers for everything, FCP 7.0.3. Trashed prefs many times.


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 21, 2011 at 6:26:57 pm

When this used to happen, it was a discrepancy between DF and NDF deck control.

Does that deck have rs422? If not try using that as DF and NDF is determined from tape.

If you don't have rs422, go in to your deck control preset and make sure the proper format is set for the letdown device.

That would be my first guesses.


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Michael Mitchell
Re: Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 21, 2011 at 6:32:58 pm

The deck is the industry standard Sony DVW-A500 DigiBeta. Has RS422, the default in device control is drop frame but it picks up what's on the tape and digitizes whatever it is. Most of the tapes are DF (SD TV Episodes).


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 21, 2011 at 6:34:10 pm

Sorry, I meant keyspan, not letdown, dern iPhone.

I would use straight rs422 not keyspan.


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Michael Mitchell
Re: Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 21, 2011 at 6:39:05 pm

I don't have a straight 9 pin serial cable to try that.

It's funny that the clips will digitize fine and the timecode and reel number are there. I can open those clips in Sebsky tools and verify that there is a timecode track and reel ID. But then when I close FCP and open it up again some of the clips lose that timecode track and reel ID as verified in Sebsky. The exact same clip that had timecode and reel ID now do not (after re-opening the FCP project)


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 21, 2011 at 10:07:56 pm

I'd suspect the keyspan first. Are you sure the drivers are updated?

Can you borrow a 9pin for testing?


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 22, 2011 at 3:05:55 am

I'd suspect the keyspan first. Are you sure the drivers are updated?

Can you borrow a 9pin for testing?


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Michael Mitchell
Re: Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 22, 2011 at 5:18:20 pm

I went out and got a 9pin cable and so far so good! Those clips had no problem this morning! That's so weird to me but it seems to be working!

Thanks for your help.

Michael


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Jeremy Garchow
Re: Reel info and timecode disappear
on Aug 22, 2011 at 5:35:08 pm

[Michael Mitchell] "That's so weird to me but it seems to be working! "

Nice work. Hope that solves it for you for good.

Jeremy


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