My Mac Book Pro has a processor that is a GHz Intel Core i5. Is it possible that NOT having an Intel Core 2 Duo processor is causing this? If I spend $1500-$2000 on a better Mac and have the same issue, I will be seriously upset with this program!
This was not an issue with earlier versions I've used!
It has absolutely nothing to do with your computer and any money thrown at this problem will be completely wasted.
There is almost certainly something very simple that you are doing wrong which you have not mentioned.
For a start tell us exactly what format and camera the video was shot on and exactly how you are trying to import it. Every little detail as there are hundreds of (wrong) ways you could be importing.
Any other equipment besides your MBP?
The footage was recorded on a Sony Premium mini-DV tape in a Canon XL-1 Digital video camcorder and sent to my Mac Book Pro via a Belkin FireWire 800/400 9-Pin to 4-Pin Cable.
When I'm importing in FCP, I go under File>Import From Camera.
The camera import window pops up.
I use the controls in FCP to operate the camera at this point and get it to the spot where I want to record, with some pre-roll. As it's playing, I push the blue "import" button.
Another gray box opens with lots of options. I choose to "Add to existing event" (saving it to my MBP) and click the "import" button at the bottom. I don't check any of the items listed (transcoding/audio/video) since I don't know what they do.
It returns to the clip. which starts playing uninterrupted (no cuts).
When it gets to where I want it to end, I push the "stop import" button.
After that I go back to the main FCP editing page where icons are shown for the clip I downloaded. And instead of being one, there are anywhere from three to five!
If there ARE imperfections in the tape recording that's causing FCP to break it into pieces, is there a way to override that via a preference change?
I've never used this version of Final Cut Pro before, so I'm trying to figure it out. But I never had that problem before with earlier versions.
Thanks for any help you can offer.
It wasn't quite the detail I wanted as the format wasn't Mini-DV tape but DV or HDV?
Anyway it looks as though you are doing things correctly though you didn't specify the Event/Project settings you selected.
When clueless (as I am!) the first thing to try if you haven't already is to trash the preferences, whatever the problem, using this:-
Fingers crossed it may do the trick.
Ideally you should not be importing video into the system hard drive but should be using a separate USB 2.0 or FireWire HD. However, that is unlikely to be the cause of your present problem.
I am using DV tapes, not HDV.
I didn't select any of the Event/Project settings. Since I don't know what they do, I kept them all unselected.
I trashed the preferences as you suggested. It didn't help.
IF THE PROBLEM IS THE TAPE...
Is there a prefence that can be switched to keep it in one piece even if there WAS time code break? (Which there isn't, but there might be a more subtle problem.)
I'm able to put the segments together in the timeline and create a compound clip -- so at least I'm able to make ONE CLIP out of the pieces, but it's IN THE TIMELINE so I can't do the things I need like: audio synchronization or the multicam, which are my ultimate goal and occur in the window where the multiple small clips are.
Is there a way to move a compound clip from the Timeline back into that window so I can synchronize the audio and create the multicam? Or can that be done with the clips if they stay in the Timeline?
The areas where the tape is being split are NOT at scene changes. (There are no scene changes)! These are continuous takes of the SAME song, with the same person staying in the same place! I would like each take to be it's own clip, not several clips.
So I will try making the compound clips in the event browser.
But you said "put the clip in it" what clip are you talking about putting in the compound clip -- the audio? And that could be done by selecting both and creating another compound clip? Can I take out the camera mic audio from the video clip and combine it with the original pre-recorded audio (that was being lipsynched to)? Will it know where to synch?
I tried to create the multicam from the browser clips, but when the window popped open, there were no multicams to work from.
I've been trying a lot of things I see in the tutorials, but they're not working. And it all seems to stem from having so many separate clips. :-(
If the tape is being split arbitrarily there is either a problem with the tape in playback or in the original recording.
Put the multiple clips that have been split up into the compound clip so they are combined. What you were trying to do in the timeline do in the browser.
I didn't notice any mention if playback syncing before. This is I think the first mention of multicam editing. If you have a bad recording or playback problem this will be will difficult to overcome. It's one of the inherent problems of tape based media, if there's a problem with the data, and it's more likely to happen with tape because of the nature of the medium, there is no good way to come back from it.
The way this media is importing there are very likely going to be gaps in the media, which will make it very difficult to work with.