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Olly Lawer
XDCAM Transfer, FCPX and Shutter Speed
on Mar 5, 2012 at 4:26:32 pm


I thought i'd roll this all into one thread and they are all interrelated.

Upgraded to Lion and have installed new versions of XDCAM Transfer and Clip Browser. I understand I need to pull clips through XDCAM Transfer before pulling them into FCPX (as to wrap them in a QT wrapper).

All fine so far. However, I noticed that when I first loaded up XDCAM Transfer that the SXS Driver, XDCAM Drive Software and FAM Driver were showing errors. I imported some test footage and saw that there was hideous stutter on the footage when panning.

My first instinct was to check the shutter settings in my camera (EX1) and it was set to 1/50th (25fps).

I went on the sony website and managed to download the SxS Driver and the stutter has decreased, but cannot find the XDCAM Drive Software or FAM Driver. I am using the express card slot on a MacBook so I really should have this shouldn't I?

Also, the footage still looks a stuttery. I have filmed some test clips with 1/50 & 1/100 and both are experiencing stutter even with a moderate pan. I would obviously expect this with 1/100 but they essentially look the same which makes me think there is an issue here.

On a side note I have tended to leave the shutter off on the EX1 as I understand it defaults to 1/50 which is fine for 25fps progressive. However, I still notice more stutter with 1080p shutter 1/50 than I do with 720p shutter off.

What shutter speed settings with 25fps (progressive) are best for the EX1 to achieve smooth panning?

Should there be a difference between using 720p and 1080p with regards to smooth panning?


Olly Lawer

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