After reading several posts it sounds like it is possible to send an analog VHS signal to my Canon GL-1 and then into FCP for recording old video tapes.
However, it doesn't work without first dubbing the VHS onto a miniDV tape and then capturing that into FCP. Is there a way to do this without wasting a dv tape? I just want to use the GL-1 as a "pass through."
When I plug the VHS player into the GL-1 Analog Input and set it to "VCR" there is no VHS signal. The only way to get a signal is to put in a miniDV tape and push "Play/Record." And that only lasts for a few minutes before resetting back to "Stop."
I searched the manual and the various menu settings for an "ANALOG IN" selector but couldn't find one.
Sounds about right- many cameras automatically switch off if the deck isn't put into play or record. I'd stick with the dub to DV tape method you're using. It gives you a new master with timecode which is a lot more useful than a straight across VHS to Firewire dub.