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Anne Kostalas
Problems capturing PAL with log and capture in FCP
on Feb 13, 2012 at 7:56:17 pm

I am trying to capture PAL material from mini DV tape using Sony Z5 into FCP. The log and capture window says VTR OK but it is lying because it will not capture. It controls the playing of the tape but the material does not show in the log and capture window and I cannot capture. I have changed all my settings using easy set up to PAL. All ideas welcomed in words of one syllable please.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Problems capturing PAL with log and capture in FCP
on Feb 13, 2012 at 8:36:38 pm

Is Z5 in VTR mode, not camera mode?

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Phil Balsdon
Re: Problems capturing PAL with log and capture in FCP
on Feb 13, 2012 at 8:43:21 pm

and is the Z5 in DV mode not HDV mode

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Anne Kostalas
Re: Problems capturing PAL with log and capture in FCP
on Feb 13, 2012 at 9:13:04 pm

Yes it is in DV mode. I actually just found another thread here which seems to have solved my problem. It involved playing the tape via the camera, switching device control in capture setting in the log and capture window to non-controllable device. Then closing log and capture window - keeping tape running. Then reopening the window and you can see the tape playing in the window. Then change the setting back to Firewire PAL and suddenly you have control again. Seems a bit of a fiddle and I'm not sure I understand why it works, but it does. So thanks v much. I have solved a lot of problems here in these forums. So glad you're here.


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Naeem Moh
Re: Problems capturing PAL with log and capture in FCP
on Jun 21, 2013 at 2:55:34 am

Anne, can you provide a link to the other thread where you found this solution. I am having the same issue. Thanks.


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