have a client with some PAL miniDV tapes. Premiere pro captured a few nicely, but the rest have timecode breaks galore, and research shows the old Final cut pro does a better job with tc breaks and dropped frames.
Soooo, installed FCP 6 on my older macbook running snow leopard. Launched software, chose easy setup for PAL DV and changed the audio sampling to 32kh. I have deck control (using Sony m15u i think it's called) and audio,...but no picture.
I think I got it working (to my satisfaction). The FCP capture settings were PAL DV (with a audio sampling change to 32 khz for audio to come thru. Matched the settings on my sony dv deck).
The workaround to get video was to switch deck control to 'non-controllable device'. That got me video and I disabled all the settings to stop capture on dropped frames, tc break; etc in user preferences (yes, it's been awhile). then just 'capture now' and manually stop.
For my purposes, simply converting pal dv to digital quicktime movie file, this works for me (did try this in Premiere Pro but kept hiccuping on TC and signal breaks.)