I am in the process of teaching myself FCP, early in the process actually so I am at just getting to capturing video.
So I sat down for the first time today to try it and for the first 45 minutes or an hour everything went swimmingly. I could go through the video and log it and see everything and logged a whole bunch of stuff to be captured. Then I went to actually do the capture and it all went wrong.
First I tried to do a batch capture and got an error message about time code.
Then I tried to capture one clip at a time and did a little better as it went to the right point in the tape and the video even popped up in the encoding window for a second but then I got another error message, this time about Dropped Frames.
Now I have tried to start over and when I open the log and capture tool the preview screen flashes all of these crazy colors like red and blue. I can see the video sometimes in the background but this did not happen before.
Half an hour ago I was fine and now I'm ready to jump out the window.
The capture is set on DV right now but only because I can't seem to get the system to recognize my camera. I tried to use an 'easy' setting for HDV but each time it tells me it can't find such a device. I made sure the camera is playing out in HDV as well but no luck.
I think the problem is the settings are wrong but I'm not sure how to get them right.
But no matter what I do FCP does not recognize the deck when I set it to any of the HDV settings.
From what I have read a pretty standard easy setting would be HDV-Apple Intermediate Codec 1080i60 but when I select that one it tells me it is ' unable to locate the following external devices'. The only one where it doesn't say that is the DV-NTSC settings which isn't correct but it does work in terms of being able to see the footage in the viewer and even log it, though I run into problems when I go to capture.
[Andy Elrick]"Now I have tried to start over and when I open the log and capture tool the preview screen flashes all of these crazy colors like red and blue. I can see the video sometimes in the background but this did not happen before."