7 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2012 9:52 AM by merlote12
merlote12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just bought Final Cut Pro X, I have used Final cut Express 4 with no problem using a firewire supported camera, Now I find out there is no video camers I can buy for Final cut Pro X for under $500, all the video cameras are now USB and for PC Microsoft based computers, What the He..? Does anybody know of a video camera (AVCHD) HD for around $300 to $400 I can buy, I really do not want to buy off ebay ...I'm not sure what Apple's policy is on returning software That has been downloaded but If I can't find a video camera for this software...I want my mony back. Help??

 

 

Oh buy the way I'm just doing short 3 min SHORT clips for web etc, I have a Mac Mini Ver. OS 10 10.7.3, CS5.5

merlote12


Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • 1. Re: I Just bought Final Cut Pro X and now I find out
    Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,900 points)

    FCP X can be used with the traditional mini-DV and HDV  tape cameras using FireWire.

     

    It can also be used with AVCHD cameras which start at just over $200.

     

    It works with any decent camera that is available so what is the problem?

     

    Incidentally you can't get your money back as it is the purchaser's responsibility to do some basic research on what an item can and can't do.

  • 2. Re: I Just bought Final Cut Pro X and now I find out
    merlote12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I understand it can be used with cameras with AVCHD, the problem is no manufactures are making these anymore, so I would have to look on ebay or some where to buy a camera that is 3 to 5 years old, if you know of a new camera that is AVCHD running fire wire for about $400 Let me know because there is none as far as I have found out. The problem Is fire wire there is none NEW, buy the way sorry if I sound snippy and thank you for your response I just need help, do you know of a new camera using fire wire for around $400?

     

    Regards

    Merlote12

  • 3. Re: I Just bought Final Cut Pro X and now I find out
    merlote12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ian, I also forgot to mention in the SPECS from apple they do list allot of video cameras but they are all at least three ears old, so how is someone to know that? until you go to try and buy one most are unavailable, so this is very misleading in my mind, again thanks for the response from you in advance

     

    Regards

    Merlote12

  • 4. Re: I Just bought Final Cut Pro X and now I find out
    hughmass Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)

    You seem to be saying that you need a AVCHD camcorder with firewire. I don't understand the problem. I just bought a great Panasonic AVCHD camcorder for $449 and they make versions that are much cheaper.

    It is harder to find a camcorder with firewire, but where is the problem using usb or a usb card reader?

    But avchd is what fcpx works with. You just record the movie in avchd, plug the card into the computer, and fcpx does the rest.

    (Well, it can do the rest if you do your homework. A lot of homework.)

    Hugh

  • 5. Re: I Just bought Final Cut Pro X and now I find out
    Robert Tompkins Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Why can't you use USB? I have Canon cameras and Sony cameras that load natively into FCPX using the USB connection. The files load as files and not as videos but it still works.

  • 6. Re: I Just bought Final Cut Pro X and now I find out
    Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,900 points)

    I don't understand what you are saying. It doesn't make sense and is not true.

     

    Cameras using FireWire are now a thing of the past. These were the traditional Mini-DV tape types that we have known for the last 15 years.

     

    Almost every camera made nowadays is AVCHD which is ideal for FCP X and their prices start at about £180.

     

    They use USB instead of FireWire but that is no problem whatsoever.

     

    They work perfectly and are much better in many ways than the old mini-DV tape cameras.

     

    I am a complete dinosaur, always harking to the past, but even I have embraced them as a fantastic step forward.

     

    And they are very cheap!

     

    I could go on and on.

     

    So what is the problem?

     

    You can buy a brand new AVCHD camera for £180 which will work perfectly with FCP X or you can use your old mini-DV tape camera.

     

    It's a win-win situation however you look at it.

     

    P.S. You can ignore the list of recommended cameras. It is completely meaningless as new cameras are being produced all the time and there is no way Apple could get hold of them and test them even if it wanted.

     

    Take my word, almost every camera made will work perfectly with FCP X.

     

    I would say that every camera will work but there may be some weird type to prove me wrong.

     

    Message was edited by: Ian R. Brown

  • 7. Re: I Just bought Final Cut Pro X and now I find out
    merlote12 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again Ian, I now understand, I guess I took the list of cameras from Apple a little to serious, My older HD cannon fire wire does work fine so I may just use this one for now, I do like the idea of a internal HD on cameras vs tape