Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2011 4:50 AM (in response to nickditoro)
>Is this to be expected as a limitation of Final Cut Pro X?
Alas, yes. This is but one reflection of the tapeless workflow focus of FCPX.
I've had good success capturing in the QuickTime 10 Player. Select New Movie Recording, then click the down-facing triangle in the bottom right of the QT window to select the firewire-connected device.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2011 6:59 AM (in response to R. Mitchell Fore)
Thanks for the tip about capturing via the QuickTime 10 player. I'll give that shot. At least then I shouldn't have to convert the iMovie-ingested DV files to QT format for import into FC Pro X.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2011 7:53 AM (in response to Michael.Poczynek)
I was replying to R. Mitchell Fore, who said he uses QuickTime 10. In FCP X, I am able to capture digital footage fine from my Canon HV30, but not when I'm using the camera as a passthrough for analog footage. I tried your suggestion of hitting import again but I got the same results -- no media ingested.
As for the Sony DCR-TRV530, with Hi-8 footage on the tape, FCP X gives me a No Data From Device message on the upper right corner of the capture screen, even as the import counter on the upper left indicates import progress. However, FCP X will easily ingest digital footage from that same camera.
Therefore, I've concluded that FCP X will NOT ingest analog media even via a digital camcorder acting as a passthrough. iMovie will do this but it saves the media in DV format, which needs to be converted before importing into FCP X. I just experimented with QuickTime 10, which works fine to import analog footage as .mov media. Its only limitation is that the player does not operate the camera, so the VCR has to be playing when I hit the record button in QuickTime 10.
Thanks again for your replies.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2011 8:03 AM (in response to BenB)
Importing an iMovie project whose original media is in DV format has the same problem as importing only the iMovie original media itself into FCP X: video but no audio, since FCP X uses a different audio format. The DV media has to be converted into a format that FCP X can use. Thus, QuickTime 10 is a good solution, since it avoids having to convert files. In FCP X, I create a new event into which I import the .mov file.
If you've done this successfully, that is imported DV media into FCP X with audio intact, then I'm doing something wrong.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 23, 2012 2:47 PM (in response to nickditoro)
Re: Canon XH-A1s
I have several cameras, all import fine into FCPX (currently 10.0.6), except for the Canon XH-A1s. I have had this camera for about 4 years. I could write a different post on the camera alone, but would like to address using this camera with FCPX. It appears that the "s" model is not a supported cameral. The earlier version (XH-A1) is still a supported camera. I have had numerous issues attempting to import video into FCPX. Usually, a viseo frame from the camera would appear, time code within the Media Import window would run smoothly and match the camera, but video would not run in real time. I have spoken with Apple Pro Video Support numerous times. The most solid information came today as I was told the "s" model of this Canon is not supported. I was told importing footage could be spotty (as it has been). One helpful suggestion as a workaround for this model camera (and why I'm writing) was to try importing to iMovie, then import that fotage into FCPX.
Hopefully, this will help someone out there....
Currently Being ModeratedSep 19, 2013 3:21 PM (in response to nickditoro)
Have you tried capturing the footage through QuickTime X? If not, try this:
Open QuickTime Player.
Select File>New Movie Recording.
The resulting window will probably display your iSight camera. Click the down arrow to the right of the record button, and you should be able to select the source(s), quality, and destination of the captured file.
In my experience, that method will capture through dropped frames.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2013 11:28 PM (in response to nickditoro)
This is most likely a timecode issue. It should work if you use a Canopus ADVC 110 or similar.
Since the analog tape has no timecode, none is being sent down the firewire to FCP X. The same thing used to happen in Final Cut Express. If no timecode existed, FCP refused to record. The old Final Cut Pro had a setting where you could choose "No Device" for the VTR Control, this would allow Final Cut to capture from a device that wasn't sending Timecode. But when they returned to the simplicty of FCP X, they removed that granular control.
The reason the ADVC110 should work is becuase it generates arbitrary timecode. From the moment you turn it on it just counts up from zero and then loops at some point.
As others have said, I use Quicktime to capture from analog sources when I don't have a Canopus handy.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 5, 2013 7:05 AM (in response to nickditoro)
Just a small suggestion regarding the importing of DV media from iMovie to FCP X. Instead of converting to Quicktime, you could try opening it in MPEG Streamclip, and do a Save As...
In the Save As... dialog, choose MOV in the format menu. This will rewrap the DV media in Quicktime format without conversion - faster and with no further loss in quality.OS X Mavericks (10.9), 17", Early 2010