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Jim Edds
Capturing HDV with MacBook Pro
on Feb 5, 2010 at 9:06:11 pm

I'm in the stock footage business. A lot of my clients are requesting Quicktime files with a prores codec. If I get a 17 in macbook pro, can I capture HDV from a Sony Z1 (connected via a 4pin FW400 to FW800 9 pin port) to a separate esata drive hooked up to the expresscard slot? And what is the min. drive configuration needed to capture to work in the prores 422 HQ codec? USB2, FW400, FW800, ESata? Thanks!


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Rob Grauert
Re: Capturing HDV with MacBook Pro
on Feb 6, 2010 at 5:06:02 am

Here is an article on capturing HDV as ProRes:

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/poisson_chris/hdv-prores.php


Also, you only need capture your HDV as ProRes because HDV is 8-bit. You will gain nothing by capturing as ProRes HQ. HQ is ideal for 10-bit sources larger than 1920X1080.

Now, I've never captured HDV as ProRes, but I think you will be fine capturing through FW800 to one of those G-Tech G-RAIDs that are set up for RAID 0

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John Fishback
Re: Capturing HDV with MacBook Pro
on Feb 6, 2010 at 7:16:59 pm

FYI, all ProRes codecs are 10-bit. Check it out in Apple's ProRes Whitepaper It's an interesting read.

John

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Jim Edds
Re: Capturing HDV with MacBook Pro
on Feb 6, 2010 at 7:33:24 pm

Thanks for the link. I read the article but my main concern is proper setup to capture from the cam to an external hard drive connected to the laptop.

The HDV cam will be connected to the firewire 800 port on the laptop. It is ok then to connect an Esata drive to the express card slot with an express card esata adapter? I don't want to connect the HDV cam to the hard drive and then to the FW800 port. I'm coming over from the PC world so I just need to make sure the hardware will work. Thanks!


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Zane Barker
Re: Capturing HDV with MacBook Pro
on Feb 6, 2010 at 8:04:12 pm

[Jim Edds] "The HDV cam will be connected to the firewire 800 port on the laptop. It is ok then to connect an Esata drive to the express card slot with an express card esata adapter?"

That is PERFECT I do it all the time.




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Jim Edds
Re: Capturing HDV with MacBook Pro
on Feb 6, 2010 at 9:27:54 pm

Excellent, thanks everyone for your posts. I'll place my order for a Macbook Pro and FCP Monday. Watch after I order, Apple will introduce Quad Macbook Pros!


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Jim Edds
timecode generator
on Feb 24, 2011 at 7:42:00 pm

I applied the timecode generator to a 1 hr. clip on the timeline. Works great. However, when I cut the clip up it wants to zero out and start counting again at the beginning of each clip. Is there any way to avoid this?

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John Fishback
Re: timecode generator
on Feb 24, 2011 at 10:08:42 pm

Try using the Timecode Reader filter instead of the Generator. It will show you the source timecode of the clip.

John

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